What’s the Deal with Levi’s Stadium?

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – And then there were two. All that stands in the way of the Carolina Panthers bringing home the Lombardi Trophy is one more game, against Peyton Manning and company at Levi’s Stadium.

The $1.2 billion stadium is home to the San Francisco 49ers. It’s in Santa Clara, about 45 miles southeast of San Francisco. It seats about 68,500 fans. It’s got a reputation as the most high-tech stadium in the world with some of the biggest turf problems. Players have complained about slipping. This past pre-season, the 49ers couldn’t practice on the turf due to poor field conditions. The NFL does replace the turf before every Super Bowl, so it could be a non-issue.

But weather could be. With two weeks before kick off, it’s far too early for a pinpoint forecast, but WCCB Charlotte Chief Meteorologist Greg Armbrecht says his best guess is that it’ll be in the low 60s to upper 50s on February 7th, mostly cloudy, with a 20 percent chance of showers.

Rain or shine, the Panthers will keep pounding. Rookie linebacker Shaq Thompson shared with WCCB Charlotte’s Morgan Fogarty the advice Luke Kuechly recently gave him. “It’s time to go. There’s no messing up. Everybody’s gotta be sharp,” says Thompson. Fogarty also got the chance to ask star running back Jonathan Stewart this about playing in the Super Bowl. She asked, “When you were a little kid, thinking about your future football career, and here you are, on that doorstep, what do you think about when you go to bed at night?” Stewart replied, “I mean, I try not to think about it. At the end of the day, we got here by taking it one step at a time. We all know it’s the ultimate goal. No need to point it out every day. I think whatever motivated us to this point, whether it’s family, God, whatever, I think that’s what you focus on. You don’t focus on the destination. You focus on the journey. And that’s what we are doing a good job of.”

You can count on WCCB Charlotte for live, continuing coverage from Levi’s Stadium before kickoff and after the game.