SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The 49ers cut the ribbon on Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara Thursday, and John Madden is among those tipping his hat.
“How great that is and how big that is, not only for the 49ers but for pro football,” Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew. “The last stadium in the state of California — pro football stadium — was built back in the 1960s. It’s very, very difficult to get done. L.A. has been trying to do it for years and years, and they can’t get anything done there. For (the 49ers) to get that done and get that stadium I thought was really, really an accomplishment.”
Still, the 49ers face a challenge in making the stadium experience significantly better than the NFL TV experience.
“Television has gotten so big and so good at what they do, and you can see so many games by staying home, that staying home has gotten to be a better experience than going to the games,” John said. “They have to try and get where if you go to the event, you have the live event in front of you plus everything that you could have had had you stayed at home.” (6:40)