If You Build It, They Will Come: Celebrating Levi’s Stadium
By Robert Haugh
With red, white and gold confetti streamers flying about, champagne flowing and a lavish reception, Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration” would have been the perfect theme song for the ribbon cutting of Levi’s Stadium on July 17.
A who’s who of Bay Area politicos, luminaries, civic leaders and business representatives attended the bountiful celebration that was decades in the making.
Following cyclic remarks on the grandeur of the stadium, aptly dubbed by 49ers CEO Jed York as the “most phenomenal outdoor sports entertainment venue in the world,” the 1,500-plus attendees enjoyed an array of food selections from the stadium’s vast menu, live entertainment and camaraderie. The over-the-top, invite-only reception included a tribute to the over 1,000 stadium construction workers. Just prior to the ribbon cutting, hundreds of hard-hatters marched down the red-carpeted stairs in the main entry plaza to a standing ovation and deafening round of applause.
“Generations of dreams and aspirations ... Great City Councils and great leaders have paved the way for making this come to fruition,” said Mayor Jamie Matthews. “It took a community to raise a stadium,” he added, citing the citizens who voted to move forward with the stadium in the Measure J election...
Santa Clara Sparks Finish Season Strong
The Santa Clara Sparks’ teams swept the Wess Jones Memorial Softball Tournament in San Jose.
The Sparks’ 8U team went undefeated over the weekend on their way to the title, finishing their season with two first place titles and two second place finishes.
The 10U Sparks team also went undefeated at the tourney, making it back-to-back years...