SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KGO) --Wednesday morning the San Francisco 49ers hit the field for their first day of training camp and in the evening they took a break from Super Bowl dreams to focus on the eighth annual Pasta Bowl.
The 49ers co-chairman said he was thrilled Levi's Stadium was ready for this event. The Pasta Bowl is the second largest event for the 49ers Foundation all year. This year's event, they presented three different charities with checks totaling a quarter million dollars.
The boys are back in the bay and they've come hungry. At Pasta Bowl XIII the Gold Rush is in full swing and the 49ers are part of the crowd.
Fans paid a pretty price for the chance to score an autograph.
49ers fan Mark Costa said, "It was breathtaking, shaking their hands and seeing how big they really are."
Full tables went for $20,000. The money all goes to charity. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin considers giving back an important part of the NFL. He said, "I think the legacy that you leave off the field is greater than the legacy on the field."
Coach Jim Harbaugh, sporting his signature khakis, was all smiles talking about the team's first day of training camp. He said the team "had a bit of a conditioning test, if you will, and they knocked it out of the park."
The players are excited to play on the new field.
Harbaugh said, "It's a beautiful venue, a palace."
It's a palace for a team with Super Bowl expectations and a prince waiting for his crown. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick didn't want to answer questions, so fans ran interference, shouting "He's the best!"
The first home game will be on Sept. 14.