SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The new San Francisco 49ers stadium in Santa Clara is already a towering steel skeleton that rises nearly 200 feet high above a large parking lot.
Although the ground inside the rising stadium is dusty, it is also solid. The future stadium is already reinforced by 3,000 foundation piles to create a firm support for the four gargantuan cranes that can stretch to a towering 338 feet inside the steel oval.
According to the team, the 1.2 billion dollar stadium is fifteen percent complete. It's on schedule to be completed and open for the 2014 NFL season.
More than fifty miles of pipe has already been laid and 17,000 cubic yards of concrete poured.
In the end, the stadium is expected to use about 14,000 pieces of steel, weighing an estimated 18,000 tons.