49ers await season schedule and new facility 

click to enlarge The 49ers are planning to break ground on their $1.2 billion Santa Clara stadium Thursday. - COURTESY RENDERING
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  • The 49ers are planning to break ground on their $1.2 billion Santa Clara stadium Thursday.

While 49ers offseason news has cooled of late, expect the franchise, and the NFL, to be back on the front-burner of conversations this week.

The league is expected to announce the 2012 schedule Tuesday. The 49ers, fresh off a run to the NFC Championship Game, already know who they’ll play in the upcoming season, but they’ll learn if their postseason run will lead to more prime-time exposure, among other details.

Meanwhile, the club is scheduled to break ground on its new $1.2 billion Santa Clara stadium Thursday.

Over the weekend, news came out the 49ers reportedly plan to bid on Super Bowl L for 2016. The franchise hopes the team’s new facility would host the 50th Super Bowl, a team source told the Sacramento Bee.

The 49ers are planning for the new stadium, which will hold 68,500 seats and can expand to 75,000, to be open in 2014. The bidding process for the game will begin this summer with a vote expected at the NFL owners’ meetings in May 2013.

The 2013 Super Bowl is scheduled for New Orleans with the 2014 game in East Rutherford, N.J., and the 2015 event in Glendale, Ariz.

While a large part of the organization’s focus is on the stadium, the personnel department and coaching staff has its eye on the NFL draft, which is slated for April 26-28. The 49ers own the 30th pick of the first round. San Francisco owns seven picks in all.

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