The NFL’s San Francisco 49ers has reached its one-year anniversary of the successful vote to build a new stadium in the heart of Silicon Valley.

The brand new 68,400-seater stadium is scheduled to open in time for the 2015 NFL season. It’s expected to cost in the region of $918 million to build with construction starting as soon as March 2012.

"This anniversary is an ideal opportunity for an assessment and a status check,” said Paraag Marathe, 49ers chief operating officer. "The City of Santa Clara and the 49ers have worked diligently over the last year to open this extraordinary venue in 2015. We are proud of the work that has been accomplished."

It is designed by HNTB and focuses on creating a multi-purpose stadium, with the fan experience and green technology as top priorities. The facility will feature photovoltaic panels, a living roof, public transit access, bicycle parking and a walking path access from the San Tomas Creek Trail.

Even the building's plumbing will help save water and will utilise rain harvesting technology. Construction teams will use recycled materials to help limit waste.

Check out the latest stadium images here.

Posted on 13/06/2011