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Inside the SF 49ers new Levi's Stadium (pictures)

Packed with technology and with every detail beautifully thought out, Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium is set for a big 49ers season.

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Levi's Stadium

The San Francisco's new stadium, Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., held a public practice Friday ahead of the first game in their new stadium on Sunday, a pre-season matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos.

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49ers' workout facility

The 49ers new gym, at the SAP Performance Facility adjacent to the stadium, is a stunning workout complex with rolled garage doors that provide open air access to the teams' practice fields.

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That's some locker room!

The team locker room is unlike any other I have been in. Marked by high ceilings, beautiful wood lockers and excellent light, the spacious home away from home for the players is more like a giant walk-in closet than a typical locker room's concrete cavern.

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Meet the press

Again, unlike the standard concrete-walled side room typical of post-game coaches talks, Levis Stadium's press conference room, with stadium seating and comfortable seats, feels more like a performance theater or music venue.

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SAP scouting reports

49ers Head of Scouting Ethan Waugh stopped by Friday to speak with the press about the teams' use of SAP's scouting software to get an edge on the competition on the way to a 2015 NFL championship.

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An exquisite NFL experience

The Brocade Club, seen here, the Champions Club, the Levi’s’ 501 Club, and the Yahoo Fantasy Football Lounge all provide an exquisite football experience which includes upscale dining and full service bars.

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Deep inside the stadium

A hallway deep inside the stadium is lined with the San Francisco 49ers art.

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SAP CMO Jonathan Becher points to a scouting chart inside one of the executive war rooms at Levi's Stadium. Software by SAP seeks to simplify and improve the scouting process for the team.

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Box view

One side of the stadium is lined with seats reaching high into the upper decks, while the other side, seen here, is chocked full of VIP areas and luxury boxes.

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Sports bars and beyond

A sports bar like no other inside Levi's Stadium, lined with TVs, a prime view of the field, and plenty of bars and food options.

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Ultimate Jumbotron selfie

Ultimate selfie! At the end of our tour, a field camera spotted us on the far walkway, and I waved, capturing this ultimate selfie on the Jumbotron.

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49ers trivia

A kiosk on the plaza will test your knowledge, and rank you against other fans! All part of a day in the NFL in Silicon Valley.

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Head to head matchups

At the reception desk leading to the executive office at the SAP Performance Center, the team traditionally displays each opponents team helmet, Swapping them out to the center spot on the week they play the 49ers. There seems to be high hopes this year, and rightly so, the team has plush new digs, and some sweet technology to back them on their road to victory.

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