In the early hours of Sunday morning, Northern California was stuck with a massive 6.1 earthquake, rattling areas around San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Considering the damage and frequently occurring aftershocks (over 50 currently) there was concern that the scheduled Sunday afternoon game between the San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers would be canceled. However, the 49ers released a statement suggesting that the game will go on as planned.
Levi’s Stadium was designed to meet California seismic code requirements and seismic bracing was incorporated into the design and construction. Building engineers have walked the entire stadium and we have had no reported damage.
The 6.1 earthquake wasn’t directly centered in San Francisco (or near Levi’s Stadium, in Santa Clara) but more towards the Napa Valley, a famed tourist and wine enthusiast destination, though aftershocks have been rumbling throughout expanded areas all morning long. The trembler was the largest on record since the devastating Loma Prieta of 1989 which struck during a World Series game between the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants. Major League Baseball decided to delay the Fall Classic for ten days before resuming.
Considering the quake didn’t strike in immediate vicinity of Levi’s Stadium, the San Francisco 49ers feel confident that all attendees will be safe and unharmed during Sunday’s afternoon tilt.
Ironically enough, this is the second time the San Diego Chargers have experienced an earthquake while on a road trip to the top half of California in the last year.
During their October matchup with the Oakland Raiders, a 3.1 shaker struck during the middle of the game though most on the field struggled to feel the movement.