|9000 (Business seats)|
|Country||United States of America|
|Clubs||San Francisco 49ers|
|Opening game||San Jose Earthquakes - Seattle Sounders FC (02/08/2014)|
|Construction||19/04/2011 - 07/2014|
|Contractor||Turner / Devcon JV|
|Address||4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054|
Description: Levi's Stadium
Plans to build a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers came up already in 1997, when reconstruction of Candlestick Park was envisaged. However, despite support from local voters, the project never took off. In 2006 a new idea came up, this time for a new stadium built next to the old one as part of San Francisco’s 2016 Olympics bid. This one also fell through as 49ers owners announced they were in talks over relocation to Santa Clara.
That scheme was eventually approved both by the city and its voters, who welcomed the project in 2010. A new stadium designed by HNTB was to consist mostly of steel prefabs, most of them bare and visible to passers-by. Its dominant feature is the main grandstand with a tall commercial building topped by a 27,000 square-foot garden (2,500sqm) and 20,000sqf solar plant (1,900sqm).
The stands were divided into three tiers, lower one enclosing the pitch, together holding over 68,500 people with possible increase to 75,000 if needed. The layout varies between stands as the south and north also provide room for two giant screens, 890sqm each. Meanwhile the west side accommodates 9,000 business seats and 176 suites.
The project estimated to cost $1.27 billion was mostly financed by the city through loans and taxes, with 49ers contributing the remainder. Part of the cost was recovered before opening as Levi’s became naming rights owner in May 2013. The company paid $200 million for 20 years, which was the third largest deal of its kind at that time.
Construction took just 819 days with mostly prefab elements installed on site. But despite the simple structure its cost is among the world’s largest. This comes partly along the expensive equipment, like 800 concession stands or $30 million alone spent on two giant screens. Also, the project was done with focus on sustainability. Apart from the green roof and solar plant it means recollection of rainwater, efficient energy management, construction and furnishings with significant amount of recycled materials. Altogether, this allowed the stadium to reach the LEED Gold Certificate.
2026 World Cup: Canada, Mexico and (largely) USA win
As we await the joy and sadness of this year's World Cup, we've also learnt who will host the 2026 edition. For the first time in history three host countries will hold the event. Also, no new stadium (!) is listed for the event.
California: Levi’s Stadium growing its own tomatoes
It may sound insane, but Levi’s Stadium really has a small farm built on top of it. It provides 40 kinds of organic herbs and vegetables that are later served to guests.
Copa America Centenario: Record-breaking, but far from perfect
You only have a centenary once, so CONMEBOL celebrated with a massive party. And while Copa America Centenario was the largest ever, still one in three stadium seats remained empty.
Copa América Centenario: Greatest tournament ever… almost
No World Cup ever had stadiums as big as those of the ongoing Copa América 2016! Americans again outgrow the rest of the world, but… the ticket demand isn’t exactly there.
San Jose: Pilots really blinded by stadium lights
Overall there have been some 50 complaints from pilots, regarding giant screens and floodlights of Levi’s Stadium and Avaya Stadium. NBC Bay Area investigative report proves very little was done to address safety concerns.
California: Santa Clara’s first Super Bowl
It’s the 50th edition overall, but first ever to be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. During the stadium’s first two years it generated perhaps equal levels of enthusiasm and criticism.
USA: Are these the venues for Copa America 2016?
We’ve had the last Copa America this year, but there’s one much, much bigger coming up in 2016. Why? It’s the centenary and USA will host one of the world’s largest tournaments. Again.
California: Levi’s Stadium blinds pilots
For months pilots have been complaining about blinding lights from Levi’s Stadium. Latest report by NBC Bay Area shows stunning inaction from aviation administration about the issue.
NFL: MetLife introduces metal detectors for fans
In many countries this would be considered overzealous, but in the NFL safety is paramount, even if controversially executed. Now more clubs are switching to metal-detecting gates in all entrances.
San Jose: Earthquakes leave Avaya Stadium for two games
Their new stadium sells out for every game and get quite some praise. But Earthquakes still decided to leave Avaya Stadium for two games of the regular season. Why?
Stadium of the Year: Vote closed, announcement on Thursday
It’s been a record-breaking competition with over 96,000 registered votes. While we thank you for taking part, please feel invited to the winner announcement on Thursday.
Stadium of the Year: How much did a stadium cost in 2014?
Our annual competition gives a chance to review stadium prices around the world. Chlle, Hungary and Turkey lead the way in cost-effective building, not for the first time.
San Francisco: Candlestick Park going down slowly
No big implosion, no wrecking balls. The famous 49ers home will be gradually removed piece by piece over the next three months. Then a shopping centre is to replace it.
Stadium of the Year 2014: Public vote begins
For one month everyone will have the chance to be part of the world’s largest stadium vote. This year it’s a tough choice with record list of 32 nominees from around the globe.
Stadium of the Year: Meet the nominees!
After a week and 400 messages from our readers here they are: 32 stadiums from 20 countries around the world. Tomorrow we begin the public vote, remember to be here!
Stadium of the Year 2014: Time to nominate!
It’s that time of year again when we ask you which were the most important stadia opened last year. Let’s nominate them together, this time via facebook and twitter.
Santa Clara: Harsh reviews of Levi’s Stadium’s opening night
Saturday saw the first event at Levi’s Stadium and also thousands of frustrated fans, who couldn’t get in or out the stadium. The list of downturns is very long, though Levi’s Stadium has a chance of making a great future.
New stadiums: Levi’s Stadium and Candlestick Park
Though the old one cost nearly 100 times less, they’re very much the same size today. Not for long – Candlestick is awaiting demolition as $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium takes the stage.