Levi's Stadium

Levi's Stadium Santa Clara
Levi's Stadium Santa Clara

Levi’s Stadium opened in 2014 and is the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. Located in Santa Clara, California, this multi-use venue also hosts other events, such as soccer matches, concerts and professional wrestling extravaganzas. Among the most highly anticipated events that will take place within the stadium’s attractive, state-of-the-art confines is Super Bowl 50. The date for this 50th edition of the biggest sporting event in the United States is February 7, 2016. The design of Levi’s Stadium puts the fan experience as a top priority, so fans can expect to enjoy themselves regardless of the event in question. Also a major priority in relation to the stadium design was green technology. Examples of this technology include the green roof that is found atop the suite tower on the stadium’s western side and the three solar bridges that link the stadium to parking areas. Together, these bridges have hundreds of solar panels. What else would you expect from a stadium that can be found in California’s technologically savvy and environmentally conscious Silicon Valley?

Levi’s Stadium Seats and Suites

Levi’s Stadium Seating Chart
Levi’s Stadium Seating Chart

Constructed at a cost of $1.2 billion, Levi’s Stadium has 1.85 million square feet and a seating capacity of 68,500. This seating capacity can be expanded to approximately 75,000 for major events, such as the Super Bowl. Most of the Levi’s Stadium seats are found in the lower bowl area. This lower bowl is actually one of the largest in the NFL. Also, since the bulk of the luxury suites are situated on one side of the field, fans who are seated in the upper deck are closer to the action than they would typically be at other stadiums. All told, there are 165 luxury suites at Levi’s Stadium. Among other things, these luxury suites feature upholstered theater seating, multiple flat screen monitors, internet access, and upscale catering. Complementing the luxury suites at Levi’s Stadium are approximately 9,000 club seats. These seats include access to club areas where you can find upscale dining choices and full service bars.

Hotels Near Levi’s Stadium

Hotels Near Levi’s Stadium
Hotels Near Levi’s Stadium

The Silicon Valley and the larger Bay Area are home to numerous hotels. This is great news for anyone who is searching for hotels near Levi’s Stadium. Of course, those who want to stay as close as possible to the stadium are encouraged to begin their lodging searches in Santa Clara proper. Examples of Santa Clara hotels that offer proximity to Levi’s Stadium include the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, the Hilton Santa Clara (pictured) and the Quality Inn Santa Clara. In the event that you can’t find a Santa Clara hotel that suits your preference and has vacancies, the rather large city of San Jose is right next door and offers an impressive array of lodging options. You can branch out even further from there if you please. Perhaps a stay in San Francisco will be the preferred way to go. Just remember that the stadium is about 40 miles from San Francisco, in which case it’s a bit of a commute, especially if traffic is bad.

Levi’s Stadium and Art Tours

It isn’t necessary to buy tickets to a specific event if you want to visit Levi’s Stadium. You can always take a tour instead. Both public and private group tours are available seven days a week throughout the year, with exceptions being on days when there are 49ers home games or other major events. There are two main tours at Levi’s Stadium. They include the Guided Stadium Tours and the Guided Stadium and Museum Tours. The Guided Stadium Tours include visits to the main concourse, the NRG Solar Terrace, some of the locker rooms, two of the stadium’s club areas, and the Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak & Pub restaurant. The Guided Stadium and Museum Tours include all of this and a stop at the resident 49ers Museum – a 20,000-square-foot venue that celebrates the past, present and future of the 49ers organization. It is possible to visit the museum on its own without arranging a tour. It is open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Address/Parking/Transit

49ers Ticket Prices
49ers Ticket Prices

The address for Levi’s Stadium is 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054. Several major highways and expressways are nearby for those who are driving to the stadium for an event. Plenty of parking is found within walking distance of Levi’s Stadium. Both limited cash lots and pre-paid parking passes are made available to fans on 49ers gamedays. For anyone who prefers leaving the driving up to someone else, the Levi’s Stadium is situated near several public transportation routes. These routes include Valley Transportation Authority light rail and bus lines and the ACE/Capitol Corridor heavy rail. Also worth noting is that Levi’s Stadium connects to Caltrain, which can be used for trips between the stadium and San Francisco.

Top image: Jim Bahm (flickr)

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