Super Bowl 50, live from San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium, is coming up and sports bettors can’t wait for the action to get underway from the Golden Gate City. One of the NFL’s most storied teams, the 49ers came within a whisker of winning Super Bowl 2013. The Jim Harbaugh era, after failing to make the 2014 playoffs, came to a close on the back of three consecutive NFC Championship appearances.
San Francisco 49ers Stadium
The San Francisco 49ers had an excellent home record before moving to Levi’s Stadium, where they went 4-4 during their inaugural season. Between 2010 and 2014 at Candlestick Park, the 49ers former home ground, they earned a record of 24-7-1, which works out to a .750 winning percentage. Their combined home record at both stadiums, 28-11-1, over the last five years contrasts starkly with their mediocre 22-18 road record.
The seat prices at Levi’s Stadium reflect the cost of buying and renting properties around the Bay Area, which has priced some loyal fans, who attended games at Candlestick, out of the seats. This could have played a part in the 49ers lackluster 4-4 home record last season. Also, the new facility has several lounges, bars and restaurants that may draw fans away from the field.
Levi’s Stadium Key Figures :
- Date Opened: July 17th, 2014 (previous stadium : Candlestick Park)
- Construction Cost: $1.3 billion
- Architect: HNTB
- Capacity Attendance: 83,000
- Playing Surface: Tifway II Bermuda Grass / Perennial Rye Grass Mix
Levi’s Stadium Official Time-Lapse Video
Construction began on April 19th, 2012, with Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara opening just over two years later, on July 17th, 2014. The stadium is estimated to have cost $1.3 billion, most of which was funded through an $850 million loan from a three banks – Goldman Sachs, U.S. Bank and Bank of America. A loan from the NFL to the tune of $200 million was the other main funding source.
Lack of parking was a major issue in the construction of the new stadium. The city of Santa Clara had to use local golf and tennis clubs to secure enough parking spots for weeknight games and tailgating activities. In an attempt to gain more parking spots, the 49ers offered $15 million to eliminate the Santa Clara Youth Soccer Park.
Levi’s Stadium To Host Super Bowl 50
Levi’s Stadium, on February 7th, 2016, will host the second Super Bowl to take place without a roman numeral. Owners chose this facility over the Miami Dolphins home ground, Sun Life Stadium, to host this historic event. Completely outfitted with Wifi access, it was built with 400 miles of cabling, 1,200 access points and is the first stadium to carry 40 Gb/s of internet capacity. The modern, state-of-the-art, Wifi friendly stadium is meant to “enhance the in-venue experience”. We have a feeling fans lucky enough to score a seat for Super Bolw 50 won’t require any such enhancement.
Super Bowl 50 Ticket Prices At Levi’s Stadium
According to Forbes the average ticket price for Super Bowl 50, as of January 30, was $5,160.49. There’s some good news for those with aspirations of picking up some last-minute “cheap seats”. You’ll pay about $3,183, 16% less than a week ago, for tickets in section 421, a section some people jokingly refer to as the nose bleeds – due to the seats being situated at an increased altitude. There are also seats still available in more lucrative areas of the stadium, some of which will run you in the region of $10,000.
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San Francisco 49ers Next Game at Home
Here’s a detailed look back at how the San Francisco 49ers faired during their first season at Levi’s Stadium. They’ll hope to substantially improve their home form next season.
2016 Major Sports Events At Levi’s Stadium
- February 07 : Super Bowl 50 (Football) – Carolina Panthers vs Denver Broncos
- April 02 : Monster Energy Supercross (Motorsport)
- April 09 : Monster Jam 2016 (Motorsport)
- June 03 : Copa America Centenario (Soccer) – USA vs Opponent from Group A
- June 06 : Copa America Centenario (Soccer) – Argentina vs Opponent from Group D
- June 13 : Copa America Centenario (Soccer) – Opponents from Group C
- June 18 : Copa America Centenario (Soccer) – Quarterfinals