The San Francisco 49ers  play their home games at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara .  The stadium is approximately 45 miles south of downtown San Francisco and about 10 miles northwest of downtown San Jose. The article is written in a Q&A format to help visitors and fans .  

A map of the area is shown here

The 49ers played their home games at Candlestick Park in San Francisco until the 2012-13 season.  They  were headquartered in Santa Clara for many years and have their training facility there.  The Stadium has been built next to the headquarters.  Levi's Stadium wil also be host to many other sporting events such as Soccer games, College Football games.  Levi's stadium will host the Super Bowl L in 2016 (Super Bowl L = 50). 



 Which websites should visitors use to purchase game tickets and when ? 

The 49ers website will have tickets for sale over Summer. Please signup on their website to get info on the sale.  Other websites which sell tickets from Season ticket holders include  Ticketexchange by Ticketmaster and Stubhub.  Both sites are reliable and seating is guaranteed.  Please do not purchase tickets on Craigslist.com or from scalpers.

 

Where are the best seats ?

Since the stadium is not yet open, it is hard to suggest which seats have the best views.  The stadium seating is divided into the Lower Level (Section 1xx),  Mid Level (Section 2xx)  the Lodge (Section 3xx near the Goal Posts)  and the Upper level (Section 4xx).  In addition to the regular seats, the stadium has Suites that can be rented out per game. 

 Generally, sititng in the 200 level closest to the 50 yard line (center of the stadium) allows fans to have the best views.  The 49ers have club seating in that area and that may offer some of the best views, private entrance access and private food and restroom areas.  There are 4 club lounges that will be available to fans seated in the club seats.  The 3D seating chart can be seen  here

 

How does one get to the Stadium  ?

Visitors from outside  Northern California  

Visitors can fly into San Jose (SJC), San Francisco (SFO) or Oakland (OAK) Airports and then rent a car or use public transit to the game.

From SFO take BART to Millbrae station (on weekends) and switch to Caltrain to Mountain View and then the VTA Winchester train to Great America station, next to the stadium.  

From SJC, take the free airport shuttle (labelled VTA bus 10)  to VTA Metro/Airport station (or walk about a mile) and then the VTA Mountain View train to Great America station, next to the stadium. 

From OAK, take AirBART (bus) to the Oakland Coliseum station and take BART to Fremont and the express bus to the Stadium (on game days only)

Visitors in Northern California 

By Car  

Levi's Stadium is much more accessible than the former home of the 49ers Candlestick Park. VTA (Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority) runs light rail cars and buses to the Stadium.  In addition to that Amtrak and ACE trains have stops near the stadium.   Major Freeways close to the stadium include Highway 101 and Highway 237 .

By Public Transit

 From San Francisco     Caltrain which starts are 4th and King in San Francisco is the train system which runs through the Peninsula and to San Jose.  Fans can get off at the Mountain View station and walk across the platform to catch the VTA Winchester train to the stadium  it may take between 60-90 minutes to reach the stadium assuming Caltrain runs game day express trains.    Another option is to take BART which runs along Mission and Market Streets to the city of Fremont in the East Bay and then transfer to the special event buses to the game.  There will be buses which will offer service from various pickup points in SF to Levi's stadium.  Some of the bus options are listed below

CALTRAIN SPECIAL TRAINS INFO HERE     You can purchase one ticket on caltrain which is a Caltrain/VTA day pass to get from SF to Levi's.  The day pass will cover both caltrain from SF to Mountain View and VTA to Levi's.   Tickets CANNOT be purchased on either vehicles.  Please purchase your tickets before you board Caltrain. 

From the South Bay  Using VTA light rail and buses from Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Milpitas, San Jose, Santa Clara, and Campbell. Here is the Mountain View to Winchester light rail map.  VTA light rail can take fans get to the stadium from downtown San Jose as well as from Mountain View.  Fans from Santacruz can take the highway 17 Express bus to the Diridion Station and connect with the VTA lightrail.  The stadium is served by VTA bus lines 55, 57, and 60.  

From the East Bay  and beyond There will be express  buses from the Fremont BART station to the game.  the ACE Train (Altamont Commuter Express) will have stops just outside the stadium on game day.  Amtrak will also run trains along the Capitol Corridor from Sacramento.

By Bus

There may be direct express buses from different parts of the Bay Area to the game.  

Game Day Shuttle from SF  (Civic Center and Fisherman's wharf) and the Peninsula .  Priced at $38 per person 

49ers Bowl Bus from the Cow Hollow area  (near Lombard Street and the Marina) of SF.   

49ers Football Bus  (site to be updated around mid-July 2014) 

 

What do fans do before the game ? 

One word -- Tailgating .  It is a gameday tradition as American as Apple Pie.  Fans come in cars, vans, flat bed trucks and cook, grill, BBQ, and drink a few hours before the game.  Fans can also join the Michael Mina Tailgate club and have access to food and drink before the game.  The 49ers may also have other tailgating events around the stadium. Generally there are booths with contests, a stage with music and the 49ers cheerleaders.

NOTE: More information about the permission/restrictions on tailgating in various parking lots and locations will be posted in the Getting Here section of the stadium website as the opening date nears. Please consult this information as you finalize your gameday plans.

 

Where does one eat during the game ? 

San Francisco Restaurateur Michael Mina who started his restaurants in San Francisco and has many restaurants nationwide has his steakhouse Bourbon Steak inside the Stadium. Other concessions will be announced closer to the opening of the stadium

Burgers,  Garlic Fries,  All types of hotdogs err Frankfurters,  Pizza, 42 types of beer,  Vegan food,  Peking Duck steamed buns,  Jackfruit Sandwich,  Curry and Naan will all be available at the Stadium

Here is a map with the concessions  

Here is a preview of some of the food that will be sold. 

 

Are there hotels close to the Stadium ?

The Hyatt Regency Santa Clara and the Hilton Santa Clara are next to the stadium. Other hotels within a mile of the property include the Avatar Hotel, the Santa Clara Marriott Santa Clara and  the Biltmore.  Here is a map of the area with the hotels

 

What else can 49ers fans do at the Stadium ?

The 49ers Museum opened August 2014.  Stadium tours will be available year around except during events and games Tickets will be $25 per person for the tour.   The stadium will be used for other sporting events such as the MLS Soccer game and College football games.