Get to Know the Venue: Levi’s Stadium

Levi’s Stadium: the house that the DeBartolo/York family built, a $1.3 Billion icon in the heart of the Silicon Valley built right next to an amusement park. The new home of the San Francisco 49ers will host the 2015 NHL Stadium Series game tomorrow, and this game will be a litmus test for two major events that will be held at this stadium in the future. Built to replace San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, Levi’s Stadium was designed as an open stadium with a natural grass field. It has a seating capacity of 68,500, but can expand to hold 75,000 for major sports and entertainment events. The seating design of the stadium places approximately two‐thirds of the fans in the lower bowl, which is one of the largest of its kind in the NFL. The seating configuration places luxury suites at one end of the field, similar to the design of Detroit’s Ford Field. For those who have upper-deck seats, you’ll be closer to the field than you actually think.

Much like Nationals Park, host site of the 2015 NHL Winter Classic, Levi’s Stadium is the first NFL stadium to earn the United States Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification for construction. The water used to create the rink was recycled, and all the energy to power the stadium is housed in the green roof. And being in the heart of Silicon Valley, Levi’s Stadium was built to be the most technologically advanced sports venue in the world. During football season, the goalposts retract. The gameday operations room has equipment that is compatible to show 4K resolution video: that’s ultra-high-definition! And with 40 gigabits of available internet bandwidth, Levi’s Stadium is one big wi-fi location with information coming in a jiffy.

Not only is Levi’s Stadium the home of the San Francisco 49ers, this new wonder of the Bay Area is the host site of the Pac-12 Football Championship, and those two major events that will be held at this stadium in the future? Next month, Levi’s Stadium will host the biggest event in wrestling, WWE’s WrestleMania 31. And next February, the stadium will host Super Bowl 50.

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