A 49ers First: Fan Proposes (Successfully) to Girlfriend at New Stadium
What illustrates this story best? The series of messages posted on Levi’s® Stadium’s 200-foot-wide video board during a recent afternoon tour at the 49ers new home.
Welcome to Levi’s® Stadium, Scott and Sarah
Sarah, will you MARRY ME? Love, Scotty
SHE SAID YES
San Francisco-born Scott Onick and his girlfriend of three-plus years, Sarah Cookson, are both dedicated fans of the team. Cookson’s family held season tickets to Candlestick Park starting in the 1990s, and every season, the couple makes it a point to travel to at least one away game.
On this April afternoon, however, they were visiting Levi’s® Stadium and thinking about their favorite team’s upcoming season. As far as Cookson knew, this was all they were thinking.
Onick had something else on his mind. During preparation for this day, he worried about the 49ers calling his cell phone to discuss the surprise’s unveiling so as to not “generate suspicion” from his girlfriend.
The secret was kept. Onick and Cookson strolled through the almost-complete construction site wearing hard hats, protective glasses and yellow vests, marveling at the new stadium’s rapid ascension.
After taking a group photo at the South-side Dignity Health Plaza an hour into their six-person tour, the couple’s friends backed off as instructed, giving Onick space to pop the question. Cookson saw the first video-board message before turning back to her near-future fiancé.
“Just like the 49ers are going into the next chapter,” Onick said to her while on bended knee, “this is the perfect place for us to start the next chapter of something great. Will you be my wife?”
SHE SAID YES
See 49ers.com’s photos of the proposal here.