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The Ultimate Guide to Levi’s Stadium

Adam Young | September 13, 2022
Levi's Stadium
One of the newest and most innovative stadiums in the country, Levi’s Stadium offers a wealth of fun and conveniences for 49ers fans. Here’s your guide to this impressive newcomer.

Brief History of Levi’s Stadium

Levi’s Stadium, home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, was opened on July 17, 2014, after being constructed for an estimated $1.3 billion. Its normal seating capacity is 68,500, but it can be expanded to accommodate 75,000 for some events. Included in the seating options are 165 luxury suites and 8,500 club seats. The naming rights to the stadium were granted to the legendary San Francisco-based clothing company, Levi Strauss & Co., in 2013.

The 49ers were not the first Bay Area sports team to play in their new home. The San Jose Earthquakes of the MLS beat the Seattle Sounders on Aug. 2, 2014, to kick off sports battles in the new venue. Just over a month later, the 49ers lost to the Chicago Bears in their first game in the stadium.

Special Features

Levi’s Stadium is known for being one of the most environmentally friendly and technologically

advanced facilities in the world, both of which you would expect in Northern California. This hasn’t gone unnoticed, and the venue has received numerous accolades. The stadium was awarded Sports Facility of the Year by Sports Business Journal in May of 2015, Venue of Year and Venue Technology Award of the Year by The Stadium Business Awards in 2015, and The Stadium Business Environmental Award of the Year in 2017.

The building has a 27,000-square-foot “Green Roof” located on the top of its suite tower; three solar bridges with more than 1,150 solar panels; and it uses recycled water for the cooling tower, cooling roof, flushing devices and for irrigating the field as well as the landscaping surrounding the building.

If you’re going to a game and you’re worried about slow tweet speeds, fear not. The stadium boasts over 400 miles of data cable; more than 12,000 physical networks; and 1,000 Wi-Fi access points, which support a bandwidth 40 times larger than any known stadium in the country. And to cap off this dedication to innovation and eco-friendliness, the stadium features 10 electric-vehicle charging stations in one of the parking lots.

If all that wasn’t enough to enhance your game-day experience, there is 49ers Museum, which features 11 galleries and exhibit spaces. Inside, you’ll find an art collection celebrating the 49ers history, the culture of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, and larger-than-life portraits of 49ers legends. If you’re taking kids, The Dignity Health Play Kind Zone at Gate C is open three hours prior the game, and fans under 14 years old can enjoy various activities.

Stadium Amenities

This stadium has everything covered for a convenient game-day experience. There are ATMs and restrooms located all around the stadium, which are all are accessible to guests with disabilities. Baby changing stations are available in all family restrooms for the littlest Niners fans.

The stadium provides guests with disabilities courtesy shuttles buses from several parking lots. There are golf cart shuttles available in the main lot, and wheelchair service upon request. Guests can check out a closed captioning device by visiting any Guest Services Station, of which there are several throughout the venue.

If you want to take this all in when there isn’t a game going on, tours of the stadium are available daily 10 am to 6 pm Monday – Saturday; 10 am to 5 pm Sunday.

Hotels Near the Stadium

Traveling to Santa Clara for a game? Stay in one of the many nearby hotels:

Hilton Santa Clara
4949 Great America Parkway

Hyatt Regency Hotel Santa Clara
5101 Great American Parkway

Avatar Santa Clara
4200 Great America Parkway

Marriott Hotel Santa Clara
2700 Mission College Blvd.

Aloft Santa Clara
510 America Center Ct.

Restaurants in or Near the Stadium

Bourbon Steak
4900 Marie P. De Bartolo Way (located inside Levi’s Stadium)

Bourbon Pub
4900 Marie P. De Bartolo Way (located inside Levi’s Stadium)

La Fontana
Hilton Santa Clara, 4949 Great America Parkway

Parcel 104
2700 Mission College, Santa Clara

3955 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara

Public Transportation Options

Levi’s Stadium is accessible from Highways 101, 237, 880, San Tomas Expressway and Lawrence Expressway.

There are many public transportation options you can use to get to and from the stadium. The Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has two drop-off locations: the intersection of Tasman Drive and Calle Del Sol, and the intersection of Tasman Drive and Great America Parkway.

The Capitol Corridor Trains have options for fans coming from Auburn, Davis, Roseville, Sacramento, Suisun, Rocklin, Martinez, Fairfield, Berkeley, Richmond, Emeryville, Oakland, Santa Clara, Hayward, San Jose, and Fremont/Centerville.

On game days, take Caltrain from any location that connects to the VTA light rail trains or buses at the Mountain View Transit Center.

If you prefer to use a ridesharing service, there is a designated pick-up and drop-off point located at Red Lot 7.

Parking for Levi’s Stadium

Free public parking is available during non-event days for those visiting the 49ers Museum, 49ers Team Store, Visa Box Office, Bourbon Pub, Bourbon Steak and for those taking a public tour. Keep in mind that it is not permissible to park on the street in the residential areas surrounding the stadium, and doing so could result in a hefty fine.

General Parking & Levi Stadium Parking Fee

Cost: Parking starts at $40. Pre-paid parking is recommended as it might be less expensive than on-site parking during game days. Game-day parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Open: Onsite parking lots are scheduled to open three and a half hours prior to a game.

Tailgating: Tailgating is allowed in specific areas. Tailgating with open flame BBQ is permitted at Premium Red Lots 1 & 3, Premium Red Lot VIP, Blue Lot 1, RV Blue Lot, Premium Green Lot 1, 2T Premium Green Lot 2, Green Lot 4, and Premium Yellow Lots 2 & 3.

Parking Lots:

Lots accessed by Tasman Drive

Blue Lot 3
Premium Red Lots 1 & VIP

Lots accessed by Patrick Henry Drive

Blue Lots 1 & 2
RV Blue Lot

Lots accessed by Great American Parkway

Premium Green Lot 1
RV Green Lot
Premium Red Lots 3 & 7

Lots accessed by Old Ironsides Drive

2T & 2NT Premium Green Lots 2 & 3
Blue Lot 1

Lots accessed by Mission College Boulevard

Green Lots 4 & 5

Lots accessed by Bunker Hill Lane

Red Lots 4 & 5

Lots accessed by Stars and Stripes Drive

Premium Yellow Lots VIP, 1, 2 & 3

Other Parking Options:

From the West:

Convention Center Garage – Bunker Hill Ln.
Cost: Valet Parking $20
Open: Monday – Sunday all day

From the East/North East:

2232 Calle del Mundo Parking
Cost: $50. Accepts credit cards and cash.
Open: Only during event days

2311 Calle del Mundo Parking
Cost: $50. Accepts credit cards and cash.
Open: Only during event days

2346 Calle del Mundo Parking
Cost: $50. Accepts credit cards and cash.
Open: Only during event days

2220 Calle de Luna Parking
Cost: $50. Accepts credit cards and cash.
Open: Only during event days

2231 Calle de Luna Parking
Cost: $50. Accepts credit cards and cash.
Open: Only during event days

2278 Calle de Luna Parking
Cost: $50. Accepts credit cards and cash.
Open: Only during event days

2101 Tasman Drive Parking
Cost: $50. Accepts credit cards and cash.
Open: Only during event days

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