A day after the San Francisco 49ers took the field at Levi's® Stadium for the first time, Niners Daily is here to bring you the first-hand accounts from those who lived the training camp practice.
The Reviews Are In
T Carter Bykowski: "(The fans) were loud and they were ready for the season to start. It just adds that much more excitement to it. It’s all happening so fast. It looks like it will get loud, which is good especially in our division. Our fanbase is always loud, they’re always faithful, so it’s just going to be special."
TE Derek Carrier: "It was a blast getting out there in the new stadium with all the fans. Being able to experience all that was a great thing. For the amount of fans there, it got pretty loud. There is a good acoustic design to the stadium. If it was loud today, it will definitely be loud on Sundays."
QB Colin Kaepernick: "Very excited about the new stadium. I think it’s an opportunity for us to start our own legacy. There was a lot of tradition, a great legacy at Candlestick and this is an opportunity for us to really make this our home and start something new here."
WR Stevie Johnson: "It’s big for the city, big for the community. Obviously, it’s big for our team. It’s on us to handle our business and have fun so that we can all have fun as a community, as one."
Jim Harbaugh: "Well, you want to mark your territory. We wanted to do that... And right now, getting used to the environment, the wind, the grass, sightlines, those are the main things. We’ve always counted on our crowd to be behind us and they always are. Hopefully we’ll play good and they’re behind us and we’ll do just that, make it a great home-field advantage like Candlestick was.”
LS Kevin McDermott: “It was awesome to be over there with the whole team for a practice… The stadium is just so beautiful.”
After hauling in double-digit passes during practice Monday, 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton credited his success in camp to the maturation process from his rookie season last year to now.
“I think it’s me living right, it’s not about football, weight lifting, just living your life right,” he said. “You get in the NFL and everybody expects so much of you that sometimes you forget the little things and where you come from. It can all be taken away real quick.”
That sort of humble attitude has Patton focused on the task at hand in camp, and not on a potential breakout sophomore campaign in 2014.
“I always fight for a roster spot,” he said. “They brought in Brandon Lloyd and Stevie Johnson. Hey, more competition. Competition brings out the best in everyone.”
Fans came out in droves for training camp back in 2008, too.