The San Francisco 49ers will kick off their inaugural season at Levi's Stadium this August when they host a pair of preseason games. Normally preseason games are kinda meh. We can break down position battles, and figure out who we irrationally love in the fourth quarter, but there's not much more more than that.
This year, they'll still be kinda meh, but we do have a little something extra to watch. Kicker Phil Dawson had some interesting comments about wind at the new stadium:
Phil Dawson told me he went into Levi’s Stadium recently with three other players to check out the wind patterns in the new stadium (more)— Chris Biderman (@ChrisBiderman) June 11, 2014
He said he and the three players stood at separate corners of the field and pointed in the direction where the wind was blowing. (more)— Chris Biderman (@ChrisBiderman) June 11, 2014
All four players were pointing in different directions, Dawson said. He doesn’t have any idea what to expect, other than it will be windy.— Chris Biderman (@ChrisBiderman) June 11, 2014
I don't know that anything will quite match the crazy winds of Candlestick Park, but it will still be interesting to see how the winds impact this first season of football. The stadium is open on the northwest and southwest corners. Additionally, as fans walk through the concourse, they'll be able to see through to some extent. Wind down in Santa Clara is not quite like that up at Candlestick Park, or most anywhere in San Francisco, but it will still be something to track over the course of the season.