Fooch's Update No. 6: And one more statement:
We would like to extend our best wishes to all of our neighbors, family and friends affected by this morning's earthquake.
Today's 49ers game at Levi's® Stadium will be played as scheduled.
Levi's® Stadium was designed to meet California seismic code requirements and seismic bracing was incorporated into the design and construction. Building engineers have walked the entire stadium and we have had no reported damage. We will continue to do so throughout the day.
In terms of trains servicing the stadium, we have been advised that all tracks have been shut down within a 100-mile radius of Napa until further notice, therefore affecting the ACE and Capital Corridor service to the stadium. ACE would normally carry upwards of 500 passengers to our game. Capital Corridor carries approximately 750 fans. We remain in communication with these agencies. Caltrain and VTA are operating as scheduled at this time.
Fooch's Update No. 5: The 49ers issued the following statement
Our stadium operations department and building engineers have walked the entire stadium and found no issues to date. We will continue to do so throughout the day.
In terms of trains heading to the stadium, we have been advised that all train tracks have been shut down within a 100-mile radius of Napa until further notice, therefore affecting the ACE and Capital Corridor trains to our game. ACE would normally carry upwards of 500 passengers to our game. Capital corridor carries approximately 750 fans. We are in communications with these agencies to determine if alternate transportation will be provided.
Fooch's Update No. 4: VTA will be running like normal
Fooch's Update No. 3: Caltrain IS running from San Francisco to Santa Clara. There are some delays of early trains due to track inspection, but otherwise it is running.
Fooch's Update No. 2: Capitol Corridor train also will NOT run today
Fooch's Update: This was just tweeted out at 7:50 a.m. PT
#49ers say there's no issue with stadium from earthquake. Crew has already walked the grounds to check.— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) August 24, 2014
The Bay Area was hit by an earthquake at 3:20 a.m., with the epicenter in Napa County, just northwest of Vallejo. The 6.0 earthquake is the largest since the 1989 Loma Prieta 6.9 earthquake. Early reports have 87 injured, with 2 "major" injuries, and a lot of property damage in Napa, but thankfully there have been no fatalities reported.
The most notable news to come out of this as it relates to the San Francisco 49ers is that the ACE (Altamont Corridor Express) train will NOT be running to Santa Clara. Normally it drops off right near the stadium, but according to Leyla Gulen, all tracks need to be inspected before the trains can run again. This does not impact a huge segment of ticket holders, but some will be inconvenienced by this. There is no word yet from VTA, Caltrain, or Capitol Corridor as to what this means for their services.
Given that my Twitter feed is Bay Area-centric, there were all sorts of tweets about the earthquake just after it happened. I have since gotten a few tweets from people asking if today's game is cancelled because of the earthquake. According to Mike Rosenberg, the earthquake was felt as far south as Santa Cruz. That would include Santa Clara County, where the 49ers stadium is based. However, while there has been no official word, I don't see the earthquake stopping the game. There are reports a significant aftershock of 5.0 could happen in the next seven days, but I don't imagine this 6.0 will stop the 49ers game.
I'll update this as more reports come in as to how this impacts the 49ers game.
And just to add at least a little bit of levity to the situation, there were some amusing reactions on Twitter from 49ers players. Rookie Keith Reaser might have had the best one. Whenever an earthquake happens, new members of the 49ers not from California often have similar reactions.
Getting woken up in the middle of the night from an Earthquake #imfrommiamibruh— Keith Reaser (@KeithReaser3) August 24, 2014
A couple guys had their beds move as well:
So I guess when I felt my bed moving in reverse las night I wasn't dreaming??? If you not in the bay you won't understand— LaMichael James (@LaMichaelJames) August 24, 2014
So I wasn't dreaming when it felt like my bed was moving— Nick Moody (@Moody54TMB) August 24, 2014