Final touches made to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara for Super Bowl 50

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ByDavid Louie KGO logo
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Final touches made to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara
The final touches are being made on Levi's Stadium to get it ready for the big game.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KGO) -- The final touches are being made on Levi's Stadium to get it ready for the big game.

Five days out, painters and electricians and many others are still preparing the stadium for Sunday's game. The interesting part is how the NFL needs to accommodate last-minute requests from the two teams, including the care and feeding of a horse.

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The NFL gave one last look inside Levi's Stadium before it's locked down until Sunday's game. The league is confident the technology, the field and the stadium itself are ready.

All vestiges of Levi's Stadium being the home of the 49ers are pretty much gone, at least inside the stadium. The red seats remain, of course, but fresh paint and electronic signs have changed branding to match Sunday's ultimate showdown between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos.

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The two teams have also made last-minute requests, such as what food to be served before the game and at halftime, part of their idiosyncrasies, traditions, and superstitions.

"The Broncos specifically have Thunder, their horse, and they've asked for the horse to be part of the festivities that happen here at the stadium on game day," said NFL director of events Eric Finkelstein.

And the Panthers want their drum.

The NFL's field manager believes the turf will be in excellent condition for Sunday's game, especially with the expected break in the weather.

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The grass shows no signs of wear after rehearsals last weekend. Ed Mangan says the field is holding up.

"Great, great. We're in good shape right now," said Ed Mangan, an NFL field director.

The NFL also says it has stress-tested all of the technology, such as the system to allow fans to order food from their seats, and much more.

"There's a scoreboard, there are HVAC systems, there are elevator systems. All of those systems have to be serviced and have to be serviced remotely and electronically by people who maintain those systems," said Michelle McKenna-Doyle, NFL Chief Information Officer.

There is still a flurry of last-minute work to be done as game time approaches. The ultimate stress test will, of course, come on Super Bowl Sunday.

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