Levi's Stadium - What You Need to Know

The newly-completed Levi’s Stadium opened just last month, on July 17th, and broke in the field with style as the San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Seattle Sounders 1-0 in the stadium’s very first game two weeks later. Starting next month, the San Francisco 49ers will call this home, as they kick off the season in cushy new digs.

Located right by the training facility of the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, the stadium is the furthest away from the city bearing its name of any NFL team, at approximately 45 miles south of downtown San Francisco. It boasts an open layout with a seating capacity of roughly 68,500 – expandable to 75,000 – including 9,000 club seats and 165 luxury suites. The rooftop deck on the west-side suite tower adds a green flair, featuring solar panels and a garden for herbs to be used in on-site food preparation.

Speaking of food, fans can expect to find everything from staples like burgers and pizza to artisanal cuisine, vegan options, and craft beers. Levi’s Stadium’s food program has been assembled with careful input from professional chefs as well as focus groups of Niners fans, and organizers claim that nearly 80% of the foods offered will be locally sourced. Modern technology has been embraced to incredible effect here – download the Levi’s Stadium app on Android or iOS to order food directly from your seat for delivery or pickup, as well as keep tabs on lines for the restroom and concession stands.

Tailgating will be allowed in select parking lots at the stadium, but those with deeper pockets will want to check out what is almost assuredly a first in sports: the Red Zone Rally tailgate package, in conjunction with the neighboring Great America theme park, includes all-you-can-eat food and all-you-can-drink beverages, as well as unlimited access to the park’s Flight Deck roller coaster. At $850 a season, the cost is nothing to scoff at, but for unlimited refreshments and the chance to hang out with both Gold Rush cheerleaders and theme park characters, it may well be worth the cost of admission. The lot opens at 10 am on game days, and the rest of the park will be closed down during this time.

Tune in on September 14th to see the 49ers take on the Chicago Bears at Levi’s Stadium, in their first regular-season game.

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