Super Bowl 50 Game Day. The greatest day in football. Celebrated at Levi’s Stadium.
Super Bowl 50 was played February 7, 2016 in the LEED Gold certified,
state-of-the-art Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, California,
which is the greenest and most technologically advanced NFL football stadium in the United States.
Home to Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7, 2016, Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara will see the first Super Bowl played in the Northern California since 1985. NFL fans across the globe were treated to an experience that not only paid honor to the sport, but also to the Bay Area’s beauty, culture, and innovative spirit.
A Modern, Functional Design
At first glance, it’s clear Levi’s Stadium is unlike any other venue in the NFL. The white, painted steel structure is clean and modern, but what feels especially unique is how open and airy the stadium is once inside. Even when fans are buying concessions, they don’t have to miss the action, thanks to the fact there are no walls separating the 63-foot wide concourses and the field.
Technology Ahead of Its Time
Levi’s Stadium is located in Santa Clara, in the heart of Silicon Valley, so it was imperative that it be on the forefront of NFL stadium technology. And it doesn’t disappoint. The high definition video boards above both end zones are 48 feet tall and 200 feet wide giving fans instant replays, as well as fantasy football and score updates. There are also 2000 Sony TVs around the venue. But if fans wants a real close-up of a replay, they just need to turn to the Levi’s Stadium mobile app, which is easily accessible thanks to the fact that there are Wi-Fi boxes under every 100 seats (offering five times more capacity than the average in-stadium network).
Greenest Stadium in the NFL
Levi’s Stadium is the first professional football stadium in the United States to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. It starts up top, with a 27,000 square foot living roof. There are also solar panels on the three pedestrian bridges and on game days, the stadium achieves net-zero energy. Pretty impressive considering a football game uses about the same amount of electricity it takes to power 400 homes… for a month.
Gourmet Food in a Football Stadium
Sustainability carries into the stadium’s food and beverage program; 85% of the food suppliers are located within California and 78% are within 150 miles of the stadium. There also 32 vegan menu items (one at every permanent food stand) making Levi’s Stadium the most vegan-friendly stadium in the sports industry. Don’t worry, though. There are plenty of option for meat-lovers including BBQ that is slow-smoked in-house and then smothered with a house-made sauce.
About the Author: Daisy Barringer is a die-hard 49ers fan who hasn’t missed a home game since she became a season ticket holder in 2007.
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