Levi’s® Stadium Configuration Built for 49ers Offensive, Defensive Coordinators

Monday, August 11, 2014

At Candlestick Park, the San Francisco 49ers home for five decades, the football team’s assistant coaches had quite the trip from their press box perch down toward the field and the locker room at halftimes of games.

As offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive counterpart Vic Fangio can attest, it wasn’t easy.

When everything ran smoothly, Roman and Fangio would take an elevator down to the lower bowl, find their way down a section full of fans and then walk around the field to the team’s baseball-style dugout.

Roman addressed on Sunday in Owings Mills, Md., where the 49ers are finishing up a stretch of joint training camp with the Baltimore Ravens, how much easier his gameday will be at Levi’s® Stadium. There, a quick elevator trip down, will give he and Fangio more time with their players before coming out for the third quarter.

Q: Have you tested the elevators at Levi’s® Stadium, and will you miss Candlestick Park’s coaching boxes at halftime?

A: I was just talking to some of the Ravens guys about that. The sprint down the stairs when the elevator was working, and then through the crowd, onto the field, across that, through the tunnel into the locker room and back, man, I’ll be telling my grandkids about that someday. But looking forward to a highly functioning, fully functioning elevators of Levi’s® Stadium and that’s all I’ve got to say about that.

Q: You’ve tested them out, or not yet?

A: “I have tested them out, yeah. It’s unbelievable. Have you been up to the (NRG Solar Terrace)? Have you guys been up to the top above the press box what they have up there? Unbelievable.

Q: Have you actually done it with a stopwatch to time it?

No. I stopped using a stopwatch on myself a long time ago, for a good reason.

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