Posted: 7:13 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014

Crews prep for Levi's Stadium opening game

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Soccer players take the field at Levi's Stadium photo
Soccer players take the field at Levi's Stadium

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. —

Crews are working hard to get Levi’s Stadium ready for the first big event, a San Jose Earthquakes soccer game, Saturday night.

While it won’t be the 49ers breaking in the field first, officials say they’re planning a party they believe will appeal to fans of both football and soccer.

Tickets are sold out and fans can't wait for the doors to open.

"It's pretty cool. It's not every day you get to see a new stadium," says Landon Calannio of Santa Clara.

Friday afternoon workers tested the sound system, the power and workers walked the entire stadium making sure the wi-fi was working from every seat.

And while some put in new plants and polished the railings.

Others were tasked with stocking the stores with merchandise and the concession stands with cold beer.

Contractors came in to meet last minute deadlines.

"That's what we do. We're always about last minute craziness," says TIme Prater of Splash Events.

The San Jose Earthquakes got in one final practice before the big game.

The team president says fans at this inaugural event are in for a treat.

"We're going to have a lot of pomp and circumstance both at pregame and at halftime. And of course all the action on the pitch," says Dave Kaval, President of the San Jose Earthquakes.

The halftime show, a tribute to championships, will have appearances by former champions both from the Earthquakes and the 49ers.

And there are keepsakes. Banners will be a free giveaway at the door and scarfs will be on sale for $25, so fans can remember the day.

"We have a lot of things that are one offs that we did for this game cause it's so special," says Kaval.

Now the time for practicing is finally over. Saturday's game will fill the stands to about two-thirds their capacity.

Still it will be a real test for everything from security to parking.

Officials say all the planning and hard work is about to pay off.

"Now we're here to enjoy that and I think people are ready for a party," says Kaval.

After Saturday’s soccer game there will be some time to evaluate what worked well at the stadium and what needs tweaking. The 49ers take the field for their first preseason game August 17th.

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