SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) – It will probably be a few months before people in Santa Clara will actually see anything that resembles a stadium coming out of the 49ers construction site near Great America. But, construction crews are already moving ahead quickly with the $1.2 Billion project.

The stadium groundbreaking was earlier this month – but it was hardly a sign that the work was just commencing.

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“We actually started the utility work about January 23, we kicked off the utility work so we got a great start,” offered Jack Hill, the project executive for the 49ers.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

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He added that much of the early work over the next few months would be happening below ground. He compared it to building a house.

“Then you’ll start seeing the slabs coming in, and then in August you’ll start seeing the steel go up. So that would be the frame on your house. So it’ll just go up from there and get bigger and better.”

Perhaps more importantly, he expressed confidence that the stadium would be completed on time. The stadium is scheduled to open for the 2014 season.

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