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Levi's Stadium Information

Levi’s Stadium is scheduled to open in August, 2014.

The Santa Clara Police Department (SCPD), the 49ers Management Company and Valley Transportation Authority hosted five (5) community meetings for North side residents and business owners to share the following:

• 2014 event schedule – NFL and non-NFL events
• Stadium comparison – Candlestick vs. Levi’s Stadium
• Game day transit characteristics
• Transit options for event attendees
• Parking plan for participants
• NFL best practices being adopted
• Law enforcement coalition
• Neighborhood Protection Patrol
• Anticipated impact on the neighborhood surrounding the stadium – including mitigation plan
• Contact information to offer recommendations or share concerns

Citizen participation was strongly encouraged at the public meetings. However, SCPD recognized that not everyone is able to attend. With that in mind, the May 7, 2014, Stadium Community meeting was videotaped. It is available on the Santa Clara Police Department’s YouTube site. It was also aired on Channel 15 in May. Subsequent dates and times to be determined.

INSIDE SANTA CLARA
Each quarter, the City of Santa Clara publishes and distributes “Inside Santa Clara” to its residents and businesses. The Summer, 2014 issue (distributed in early-June) will feature Levi’s Stadium. It is also available online.

PUBLIC CONCERNS
ManagementCo will serve as the first point of contact to the public for stadium operations issues (e.g. parking, traffic, noise, etc.). A customer service representative can assist the public at (408)673-2100 or by email at neighbors@levisstadium.com


Public safety and neighborhood protection concerns (e.g. vehicle blocking driveway, alcoholic beverages in city parks, etc.) should be addressed by calling the Santa Clara Police Department's non-emergency phone line at (408)615-5580 or police@santaclaraca.gov

In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

LEVI'S STADIUM
Event schedules, ticket information, Levi's Stadium tours, employment opportunities and more are detailed on www.levisstadium.com

HELPFUL TOOLS
SCPD will use the Nixle messaging system to notify residents about events and any related issues such as traffic congestion. You can sign up for this free service by visiting http://scpd.org/index.aspx?page=2619

Intersections along Lawrence Expressway are operated by Santa Clara County and live traffic camera feeds can be viewed at http://www.sccgov.org/sites/scc/Pages/SCC-Live-Traffic.aspx

Freeway traffic conditions and other useful trip planning tools can be found at www.511.org

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) provides transit services to Santa Clara County. Transit planning tools and real-time maps are available at www.vta.org



Frequently Asked Questions
Who owns the Stadium in Santa Clara?
How often will the Stadium be used?
How many people does Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) estimate will utilize public transportation?
Is there going to be a train stop near Levi’s Stadium?
Can event attendees take Light Rail to the Stadium?
Can event attendees take the bus to the Stadium?
What is the construction taking place near the Stadium and Transit lines?
How will attendees pay for the public transportation fares?
How will the BART extension change the Transit plan?
What is the traffic management plan for large Levi’s® Stadium events?
What is the estimated ingress and egress timing?
What is the traffic plans for a non-NFL event?
Is there a pre and post event pedestrian Traffic Plan?
When someone doesn’t follow the Traffic Plan, who is going to enforce that?
What route will private buses take?
Where will cabs stage for post-game fares?
Is the City of Alviso involved in the Traffic Plan?
Will there be any parking or traffic restrictions on Lick Mill Boulevard?
How can I monitor traffic in the area of Levi’s® Stadium on event days?
Where will Levi’s® Stadium attendees park?
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Q: Who owns the Stadium in Santa Clara?
A:
The City of Santa Clara owns the land and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority (SCSA) owns Levi’s® Stadium.

In June, 2010, Santa Clara voters approved a measure allowing the City to lease property for a professional football stadium.

SCSA was formed in February, 2011, and exists as a public body, separate and distinct from the City. It was established to design, finance and build Levi’s® Stadium. The SCSA is structured so the City of Santa Clara is not liable for the debts or obligations of the SCSA. The seven elected members of the Santa Clara City Council serve as the governing board for the SCSA.

SCSA leases Levi’s® Stadium to the 49ers Stadium Company, known as StadCo, for six months of the year (NFL season). SCSA and StadCo have contracted with ManagementCo, a subsidiary of the San Francisco 49ers, for Stadium Operations the other six months of the year.

ManagementCo is responsible for day-to-day operations of Levi’s® Stadium, including maintenance, private security and securing off-site parking. ManagementCo will serve as the first point of contact to community members and patrons for Levi’s® Stadium matters. ManagementCo is also responsible for booking non-NFL events on behalf of SCSA (e.g. company meetings, conferences, holiday parties, team building opportunities, trade shows, philanthropic events, social events, stadium tours, etc.).

ManagementCo will prepare reports for the City Manager, Santa Clara Police Department and Stadium Manager, organize an annual report for the SCSA, participate in pre and post operations and stakeholder meetings, manage stadium events and facilitate stadium outreach.
Q: How often will the Stadium be used?
A:
Levi’s® Stadium will be used 10 to 12 times a year for 49er football games. Levi’s®Stadium will also be host to other sporting events (e.g. college football, soccer, motocross, wrestling, etc.), concerts, conferences, conventions, trade shows, consumer events, philanthropic events, company meetings, social events and team building opportunities. A complete schedule for events will be located at www.levisstadium.com.
Q: How many people does Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) estimate will utilize public transportation?
A:
VTA reviewed public transportation plans for stadiums throughout the country, gained feedback from a survey conducted among 49er season ticket holders and has taken information from the Environmental Impact Report produced for the SCSA. Analysis of this information indicates about 20% of the guests attending Levi’s®Stadium for 49er games will do so via public transportation.

VTA has developed a robust plan for getting fans to and from all events at Levi's Stadium, including the Super Bowl in 2016. VTA expects to carry over 10,000 people to each 49ers game with a combination of light rail and bus service, as well as promotion and utilization of VTA park and ride lots to encourage public transit use. VTA’s normal Sunday light rail service carries about 16,000 people, so we will be deploying more buses, trains and staff to meet the extra demands.

Q: Is there going to be a train stop near Levi’s Stadium?
A:
Yes. Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) and Capitol Corridor trains will be servicing Levi’s Stadium for 49ers games. These services will transport fans from the Central Valley (Sacramento, Stockton, Tracy) and the East Bay (Berkeley, Oakland, Fremont) to the Great America Station located on Stars and Stripes Drive.

Caltrain will run from San Francisco , with two special trains for 49er games. Caltrain connects with VTA light rail in Mountain View. VTA’s Great America Light Rail Station is right in front of the stadium site.
Q: Can event attendees take Light Rail to the Stadium?
A:
Yes. VTA is adding light rail service to Levi’s® Stadium, based on projected event attendance, to the Great America Light Rail Station. For details, log on to www.vta.org/levisstadium
Q: Can event attendees take the bus to the Stadium?
A:
Yes. VTA is adding bus service to Levi’s® Stadium, based on projected event attendance, with stops within a short walking distance to Levi’s® Stadium. For details, log on to www.vta.org/levisstadium.
Q: What is the construction taking place near the Stadium and Transit lines?
A:

A number of access improvements are underway in anticipation of the volume of riders, including:

  • New eastbound platform at Great America Station for stadium event service
  • Queuing areas for departing stadium attendees on closed lanes of Tasman Drive
  • Fencing of LRT Right-of-Way near stadium
  • Event only pedestrian at-grade crossing of LRT tracks on Tasman Drive
  • New Light Rail Storage and Turnback tracks on Tasman Drive, west of Old Ironsides

 

Q: How will attendees pay for the public transportation fares?
A:
While game and event attendees may enter Levi’s® Stadium over the span of several hours, they will all want to leave at once. We’ll speed up the boarding process by encouraging everyone to use Clipper cards, the quick and easy electronic fare system used by transit agencies throughout the Bay Area.

VTA is also implementing a mobile ticketing smartphone app for major special events which would allow attendees to buy a day pass to get to and from the game whenever and wherever they want. They would activate it before heading to the game and then show the operator or fare inspector a visual validation on their mobile device screen when requested.

VTA and Caltrain are also implementing a joint pass for events to make travel using these two systems more convenient. This pass will be available at Caltrain ticket vending machines.
Q: How will the BART extension change the Transit plan?
A:
The new BART extension into Santa Clara County will have stations at Milpitas and Berryessa. Once BART opens in 2017, passengers can transfer from the Milpitas BART Station onto VTA’s light rail for a direct trip to Levi’s® Stadium.
Q: What is the traffic management plan for large Levi’s® Stadium events?
A:
The City of Santa Clara’s draft Traffic Management Operations Plan (TMOP) is scheduled to be finalized in summer, 2014.

To ensure safe and efficient travel through Santa Clara, SCSA will provide security or police personnel before, during and after each large event at all major intersections around Levi’s® Stadium.

Vehicles leaving Levi’s® Stadium parking lots will be directed toward freeways and away from residential neighborhoods in Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. Several other locations along the Lawrence Expressway corridor will have posted restricted access signs to deter vehicles from entering into residential neighborhoods unnecessarily.

Following each event, staff will evaluate the security and traffic control measures and make adjustments as necessary.
Q: What is the estimated ingress and egress timing?
A:
For a 1pm football game, attendees are expected to begin to arrive at approximately 9am. However, we anticipate the majority of the ticket holders will arrive between 10:30-11:30am. There should be a significant break in traffic from 1:30-4pm. The egress (exit) is expected to take approximately one hour.
Q: What is the traffic plans for a non-NFL event?
A:
Non-NFL event traffic plans will follow the same model as an NFL event. The number of parking lots utilized will be determined based projected event attendance.
Q: Is there a pre and post event pedestrian Traffic Plan?
A:
A pedestrian walking plan has been developed to guide guests from the various parking lots to Levi’s® Stadium. The plan is intended to keep pedestrians out of residential neighborhoods and away from rail tracks.
Q: When someone doesn’t follow the Traffic Plan, who is going to enforce that?
A:
49er season ticket holders will receive communication regarding the only way to access the parking lot to which they are assigned. SCPD will be leading traffic enforcement on event days.
Q: What route will private buses take?
A:
Private buses will use Democracy Way to drop off and pick up event attendees.
Q: Where will cabs stage for post-game fares?
A:
Cab companies will stage for fares on Calle de Luna. Cab companies are going to be given a set of instructions and protocols on appropriate routes to take. Cab companies that are permitted with the City of Santa Clara and do not follow instructions may have consequences of limited licenses and/or revocation of license.
Q: Is the City of Alviso involved in the Traffic Plan?
A:
The City of San Jose oversees the area in Alviso near Levi’s® Stadium. SCPD has communicated the Traffic Plan to the City of San Jose, particularly access on and off Highway 237 and North First Street.
Q: Will there be any parking or traffic restrictions on Lick Mill Boulevard?
A:
SCPD will screen traffic inbound on Lick Mill Boulevard. Immediately following Levi’s® Stadium events, the right turn lane on Lick Mill Boulevard will be blocked to outflow vehicles.
Q: How can I monitor traffic in the area of Levi’s® Stadium on event days?
A:

SCPD will use the Nixle messaging system to notify residents about events and any related issues such as traffic congestion. You can sign up for this free service by visiting … http://scpd.org/index.aspx?page=2619

Intersections along Lawrence Expressway are operated by Santa Clara County and live traffic camera feeds can be viewed at … http://www.sccgov.org/sites/scc/Pages/SCC-Live-Traffic.aspx

Freeway traffic conditions and other useful trip planning tools can be found at … www.511.org

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) provides transit services to Santa Clara County. Transit planning tools and real-time maps are available at … www.vta.org

As additional camera locations at key intersections are added, we will update them to this list of resources.

Q: Where will Levi’s® Stadium attendees park?
A:
Public parking lots have been secured west and north of Levi’s® Stadium. More than 21,000 parking spaces are located within a short walking distance of Levi’s® Stadium. Patrons are also expected to utilize public transportation, hire private transportation (e.g. charter bus, taxi, limousine, etc.) or bike to Levi’s® Stadium.

Approximately 30 changeable message boards will guide guest from major thoroughfares to the parking lots. These message boards can be changed from Levi’s® Stadium Command Post as needed on the day of an event.

Levi’s® Stadium employees will be parking at Oracle and will be shuttled to the facility.
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