In Santa Clara, Calif., 39 miles south of Candlestick Park, stands Levi's Stadium, the new $1.2 billion 68,500-seat home of the 49ers, which opened on Aug. 2. As befits a venue so close to Silicon Valley, the place has a WiFi access point under every 100 seats and 1,500 Bluetooth beacons, giving it the greatest bandwidth of any U.S. stadium, according to the team.
This is an article from the Aug. 4, 2014 issue
The system interfaces with a stadium app that lets fans order food that can be delivered to their seats—more than 1,000 runners will be on call—and find the nearest restroom or beer tap through a GPS locator. During the game 13 cameras stream replays through the app.
A four-story glass tower on the west side stacks all 176 suites in three levels; media and team personnel fill the fourth. The roof has a garden, seating and 18,000 of Levi's 27,000 square feet of solar panels, which create enough energy over a year to host 10 games. Now that's power football.