New 49ers Stadium Taking Shape

Construction supervisors are happy with the progress on the 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara.

"It's going extremely fast, extremely safe," said Dave Masel, general superintendent.

Dry weather, a dedicated crew, and a six-day work schedule are conspiring to keep the project on target for a 2014 completion.

"It has moved very quickly since the groundbreaking in April," project executive, Jack Hill, said during a Tuesday afternoon news conference. "And so we just think it's a great time to give the fans a view."

With that, Hill and Masel escorted members of the press into the construction site Tuesday afternoon for a look at the progress.

Workers have laid more than 50 miles of pipe underground, poured 17,000 cubic yards of concrete, and drilled 3,000 foundation piles 55 feet into the ground. Eventually, 14,000 pieces of steel will support the stadium, many of which are already in place, hinting at the impressive size of the 1.85 million square foot stadium which will seat 69,000 fans.

By the time the project is finished, Hill estimates that 8,000 workers will have had a hand in it.

Turner/Devcon, a joint construction venture, is the company in charge of building the stadium.

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