De La Salle High’s football team will not be opening the season at Levi’s Stadium next week, but the Spartans are expected to play at the 49ers brand new facility at some point this season.
The Spartans’ Aug. 29 game with Jesuit-Carmichael was supposed to be part of a prep doubleheader to help open the shiny new stadium, but a problem with the turf has forced the 49ers to call off the event.
There’s no word yet on where De La Salle and Jesuit will play next week in a game scheduled to be televised by ESPN2, but all four of the involved high school teams are expected to play at the new stadium later in the season instead.
Wilcox-Santa Clara and Manteca made up the other half of the doubleheader.
Here’s a Q and A our 49ers beat reporter, Cam Inman, did with 49ers COO Al Guido.
Q: What is the status for the Aug. 29 high school games?
A: “We are looking into rescheduling the high school games. I can confirm they will not be played next Friday. We are talking to the (athletics directors) at the schools and we feel real good we’ll be able to reschedule these for later in the year. The good news on that front is if we’re able to get them rescheduled, we have dates in mind, and we’re waiting on final confirmation. We’ll play four high school games which would make it so eight football teams will be able to play on our field, over the course of a Friday-Saturday in between a good break for the 49ers.”
Q: The other two games?
A: “I can’t confirm yet. What I will tell you is we had four teams playing on Friday. They can’t reschedule those games so they’ll occur (elsewhere). The teams they’d be playing regularly on those weekends would be the participants in those games. We wanted to make sure the four teams that were playing (next Friday) would have the opportunity to play at Levi’s. To do that, you have to play additional games now since they’re not playing each other.”
Q: So those two originally schedule games still will happen, just not at Levi’s?
A: “They will absolutely happen. They may happen at other locations, not at the high schools, but they will happen.”