The SJ Earthquakes, not the 49ers kick-off the new stadium

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The San Jose Earthquakes will be the first to use the field at the new 49ers stadium. (KGO)

A practice run got underway Friday for the first scheduled event at the 49ers new stadium, but it won't be a football game.

It's a San Jose Earthquakes soccer match scheduled for Saturday night and officials are determined to get fans to use mass transit to get there.

Crews are still working on the final touches at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. Some are working 15 hour shifts and sleeping here to make sure it's ready in time.

"We're excited we are just trying to get everything for tomorrow," said stadium employee Yasmin Medina.

"It's a great honor. We're happy to work with the 49ers, we have a great partnership with them for these games, and we're looking forward to it," said Jed Mettee, San Jose Earthquakes' spokesperson.

The big focus of Saturday night's game will be testing the parking and transportation plan.

"I think we have everything covered, but until you actually come in the building and coming into the area, you don't know for certain," said Bob Lange, 49ers' spokesperson.

Last Friday's open house did not go as smooth as hoped. Fans complained of waiting up to an hour to exit off of Highway 101. Officials said Friday afternoon traffic was partly to blame, so tomorrow should be better. They'll also have 15,000 more parking spaces tomorrow night than they did Friday, and they will have more flexibility on the streets than they would on a Friday afternoon.

"We're going to have the ability to re-route traffic and make some street closures that will diversify the flow of traffic to help," Lange added.

They need your help. They're asking that you look online at the tutorial they've put together on how to get in and out of here.

The 49ers first practice on the field will be on Monday and their first game on the new field is August 17th.
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