Football season is RIGHT around the corner, and I am EXCITED. Who doesn’t enjoy a good football game, right?! It’s “un-American” if you don’t! Well, I am a HUGE 49ers fan, and I am very excited that our new stadium has officially opened! This new stadium will be debuting in 2014 in time for the start of the NFL season.
The San Francisco 49ers has relocated from Candlestick Park to Santa Clara’s Levi's Stadium. In 2016, the 49ers will host the 50th Super Bowl, so a lot of exciting things are happening! However, the one thing that sets Levi Stadium apart from others is technology. Even if you’re not a 49ers fan, you still have to appreciate the innovation of Levi Stadium especially if you’re into technology. Levi's Stadium has also been focusing on energy efficiency and preservation.
So with that said, here are a few new features that will be added that will enhance the experience of 49er football:
- The 49ers app will allow fans to view different HD replays SECONDS after the play from multiple camera angles, see different game feeds, and listen to the broadcast of what’s happening. You can also order a beer, soda, hotdog, popcorn all through your smart phone. AND…the food will be delivered to your seats! Sweet! They are focusing on convenience. The 49er app may potentially have ticketless, cashless building which means you can pay everything straight from your smart phone. You can leave your wallet at home.
- One of the most striking technological feature of the new location is the stadium-wide WiFi capability :
- Gigantic HD video boards measuring over 13,000 square feet will be added to the new stadium as well. If you’ve ever been to the old Candlestick Park stadium, there were only 2 small video boards on each end of the field which made it very difficult for fans to view replays and videos. The new addition of HD video boards will definitely be appreciated!
- The Niners are going green! The 20,000 feet of solar panels are located in and around the stadium. Over the entire year of construction and preparation, energy has collected from the panels. The turf is also environmentally friendly and the staff will use recycled water to hose down the field.
These are all very exciting things to look forward to if you’re a 49er fan. Technology has definitely advanced, and they have taken full advantage of it. However, the new stadium is not the main focus. The main goal is to play football, and that is what people will still come to see. Candlestick Park has treated the Niners well with five Super Bowl wins, and now we’re more than ready to win more championship titles with the new Levi's Stadium!
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