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SANTA CLARA – The initial reviews of Levi’s Stadium were a lot more positive than the performance of the team that now calls it their home.
The 49ers did not give the capacity crowd of 68,500 much to cheer about in a 34-0 loss to the Denver Broncos in the exhibition opener. But quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he believes the new venue will be louder than Candlestick Park.
“It was a great atmosphere,” said Kaepernick, who played two series and completed 5 of 9 passes for 39 yards.
“I think we will have a lot more noise here than at Candlestick, from what it sounded like today.”
It did not take long for the novelty of the new stadium to wear off and the focus to shift on playing football, Kaepernick said.
"I think once you get out there and you are playing, a field is a field," Kaepernick said.
"At home, you are going to have noise in your favor. And away, you are going to have noise against you. I think we will have a little bit more noise in our favor here."
The majority of the seats at Levi's Stadium are in the lower bowl. And the sound from the east side stands seemed to reverberate off the suite tower on the west side.
For 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, the new stadium and the footing on the new field was low on his list of concerns after his team's second lackluster performance to open the exhibition season.
“I thought the turf was good,” Harbaugh said. “There might have been a spot here and there, but overall very good.”
More important, running back Frank Gore gave the field high marks.
Gore gained 12 yards on two rushing attempts before exiting the game after just a few snaps on the 49ers’ first drive.
“It felt fast. It felt great out there. It felt to me, but as you know, I have great feet,” Gore quipped.