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49ers' New Stadium Features "Mundane" Visitors' Locker Room

The room features A divided space to hinder team communication, beige walls and carpeting, and low ceilings

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    The visiting team gets a beige, smaller locker room at Levi's Stadium. Project executive Jack Hill said the room is supposed to make the away players feel calm and "underwhelmed." (Published Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014)

    The Chicago Bears will likely face several challenges on the field during Sunday's match against the San Francisco 49ers, but the team could also face a hurdle off the field as they head for the locker room.

    According to NBC Bay Area, the visitors' locker room at the new Levi's Stadium is specifically designed to make the visitors feel blah.

    Features include a divided locker space to hinder team communication, beige walls and carpeting, and low ceilings to make for what Levi's Stadium Project Executive Jack Hill calls "mundane finishes."

    "We want these guys to be calm and underwhelmed," referring to the visiting team.

    The 49ers' room, however, features plush red carpeting, 10-foot-tall walnut-wood lockers with 3,600 square feet of open space.

    While the visiting team's locker room is underwhelming compared to the home team, Hill said the room couldn't be too uncomfortable since the stadium is set to host Super Bowl 50 in 2016.

    Challenging visiting team's with lackluster locker rooms isn't an uncommon tactic in sports.

    The University of Iowa's Kinnick Stadium has been making headlines recently for its decades old "pink locker room"-- the walls, the floors and even the toilets are painted pink for visiting teams. The room has sparked outrage among some students and faculty who call it sexist and discriminatory.

    While the beige-hued space at Levi's Stadium is intended to impact the opposing team, Hill said it isn't all the bad.

    "It's still a great locker room," he said. "A lot of teams that see it would take it for their home locker room."