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6 Levi's® Stadium Events to Anticipate, Harbaugh's Power Ranking, Plus the NFL in Tweets

Posted Jul 15, 2014

In this edition of Niners Daily, we continue celebrating Ribbon Cutting week by anticipating the 49ers new venue's calendar.

The 49ers will celebrate Levi’s® Stadium’s Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, so 49ers.com gets you ready with coverage of the team’s homes, past and present, even in Niners Daily, at least to start...

6 Levi's® Stadium Events to Anticipate

1. The stadium's first sporting even of any kind.
On Aug. 2, the San Jose Earthquakes host the Seattle Sounders FC. World Cup alums Chris Wondolowski (Earthquakes) and Clint Dempsey (Sounders) resume their post-Team USA rivalry. (Ticket info)

2. The first 49ers preseason game.
On Aug. 17, San Francisco welcomes the AFC reigning champion Denver Broncos to town after spending a week playing against and training with the Ravens in Baltimore. This exhibition will be extra special. (Ticket info)

3. The first 49ers regular season game.
On Sept. 14, San Francisco hosts the Chicago Bears after opening its schedule with a Week 1 game in Dallas against the Cowboys. Colin Kaepernick made his first NFL start against the Bears way back in 2012. (Ticket info)

4. The venue's first college football game.
On Oct. 24, Cal "hosts" the University of Oregon in a Pac-12 Conference matchup. Looking for a rooting interest. Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff wears No. 16 for a reason. (Ticket info)

5. The 2014 Pac-12 Championship game.
On Dec. 5, the conference's North and South titleholders meet in the pre-bowl game finale. The Ducks, with Heisman Trophy contender Marcus Mariota at quarterback, could be back a second time. Santa Clara will also be the site of the Bay Area's annual bowl game. (Ticket info)

6. The hardest-hitting event on the 2015 calendar so far.
On March 29, 2015, Levi's® Stadium will serve as the stage for Wrestlemania 31. Monster Jam and Monster Energy Supercross are also already on next year's docket. (Ticket info)

Harbaugh Third-best in NFL?

In his power ranking of the league's 32 head coaches, NFL.com's Elliot Harrison ranked the 49ers Jim Harbaugh third, behind New Orleans Saints leading man Sean Payton (second) and New England Patriots stalwart Bill Belichick. Harrison's reasoning for ranking Harbaugh No. 3: 

"Say what you will about Jim Harbaugh's temperament, but no head coach in the history of the NFL can mess with his first three years -- three straight NFC Championship Game appearances. Harbaugh's club narrowly lost to the Giants in the 2011 NFC title game and the Seahawks inlast season's installment. In 2012, the Niners advanced to the Super Bowl and almost pulled off a thrilling comeback victory. San Francisco has won 36 regular-season games in Harbaugh's first three years; the franchise won a mere 21 in the three seasons prior."

We have to believe the ultra-competitive Harbaugh never liked finishing anything other than in first, including during his playing days...

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