THE FINAL 49:
During the final 49 weeks until Kickoff 2013, we will take a moment each week to look at various aspects of the football program.
Apr. 28, 2013
By Tom Whitestone
A week after the 49ers first-ever Spring Game, excitement still abounds about the program, the crowd and that memorable day in April.
On Monday of this past week, the 49ers Athletic Foundation hosted its annual Golf Outing -- and last Saturday's Spring Game was a hot topic. Conversation centered on the crowd, but included the players, the style of play and the overall excitement.
An operations debriefing on Wednesday followed -- and across the board departments talked about issues and concerns, but communicated great success for how the operations were carried out.
A dry run for everyone involved, parking and traffic routes were met with high marks. The video board, despite its recent installation, was well-used. Even the communication from the coaches' booths to field level went well. And, of course, tailgating brought plenty of smiles and laughs.
After the game, the 49ers hosted a 45-minute autograph session -- allowing fans to come down on the field to meet players and coaches. The access afforded Niner Nation was just as valuable as the access FSL holders enjoyed as they picked their own seats.
Be part of it.
Choose your own seats. Come down on the field. Meet the team.
As much as the month of April was a chance to work behind the scenes on the operations necessary to entertain over 13,000 fans at the Spring Game, the month of April was also a chance to bring Niner Nation up close and personal with the 49ers football program.
Some fans were given tours of the stadium. Some came out to the team's open practices and scrimmages. And as the month rolled on more and more poured into the stadium for the seat selection process which led to last Saturday's Spring Game -- when just about everyone had access to a post-game field pass.
The coming summer months will include fine-tuning of the preparation efforts to help make the coming fall's inaugural season special.
But April already had its own magic. Niner Nation was treated to a live dress rehearsal of 49ers football, with all the tailgating, touchdowns and tackles included.
It wasn't a full season. But it sure was fun.
And August is only four months away.
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