Levi's Stadium

10-part guide to attending the first game at Levi’s Stadium

Levi's Stadium Press Box view 49ers

1. Public transportation options

  • VTA light rail (Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Milpitas, San Jose, Santa Clara, Campbell)
  • VTA City Bus (greater San Jose area, Mountain View, Cupertino, Sunnyvale)
  • ACE (Stockton, Lathrop/Manteca, Tracy, Vasco, Livermore, Pleasanton, Fremont)
  • Capital Corridor (Auburn, Rocklin, Roseville, Sacramento, Davis, Suisun/Fairfield, Martinez, Richmond, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Hayward, Fremont/Centerville)
  • CalTrain (connect with VTA light rail trains or buses at the Mountain View Transit Center, located at Evelyn Ave and Castro Street)

2. The tailgating situation is pretty confusing, with different rules in neighboring lots.

Tailgating with open flame allowed:

  • Red VIP Lot 1
  • Red VIP Lot 3
  • RV Blue Lot
  • Blue Lot 1
  • VIP Green Lot 1
  • VIP Green Lot 2
  • Green Lot 4
  • VIP Yellow Lot 2
  • VIP Yellow Lot 3

Restricted Tailgating allowed (no open flame)

  • Red Lot 6
  • Red Lot 8

No Tailgating allowed:

  • Red Lot 4
  • Red Lot 5
  • Red Lot 7
  • Blue Lot 2
  • Blue Lot 3
  • Green Lot 3
  • Green Lot 5
  • VIP Yellow Lot 1

Click here for information on parking lots, including maps, directions, and rules.

***Glass containers aren’t allowed anywhere.***

3. Fans without tailgating options where they park can check out the Faithful Mile. I can’t vouch for this area since I haven’t seen it yet — here’s how the 49ers describe it:

Located just inside the screening perimeter west of Levi’s® Stadium, this 60,000 sq. ft. interactive zone provides the perfect pregame destination for fans prior to each 49ers home game.

The Faithful Mile includes two expansive Bud Light bars, each with 20+ flat-screen HDTVs showing all the NFL action; the Pepsi Stage showcasing music and entertainment; unique engagement with many 49ers Partners; plus a food truck village and more!

Faithful Mile presented by Safeway is open 3 hours prior to each home game through kickoff. A valid game ticket is required for entry.

Again, I have no idea what this will be like. So if it’s ridiculously crowded, the music sucks, and Bud Light is the only beer available, don’t blame me.

4. Here’s a reminder of what’s allowed under the NFL’s strict bag policy that women absolutely hate (and for good reason):

  • NFL approved clear plastic bags (12” x 6” x 12”)
  • One gallon clear plastic zip lock type bags
  • Small Clutch Bag (the size of an adult hand) (4.5” x 6.5”)

Nothing else is allowed in the stadium, and security WILL send you away if you’re carrying the “wrong” kind of bag.

5. There’s a Levi’s Stadium App. I have no idea how useful it’ll be, but it’s free.

6. The 49ers hope their first game at Levi’s Stadium goes better than their other stadium debuts. On Sept. 8, 1946 the 49ers (then playing in the AAFC) fell 21-7 to the New York Yankees at Kezar Stadium. Their first game at Candlestick Park was a 20-13 loss to the Rams on Oct. 10, 1973.

7. Parking lots will open at 1:30 pm — four hours before game time.

8. Sunday Night Football kicks off at 5:30 pm, but the 49ers are asking fans to be in their seats at 5:00 for an “epic pregame show” scheduled to start at 5:01.

9. Roger Goodell was expected to attend Sunday night’s game, but a 49ers spokesperson told ABC7 that they are “not sure” whether Goodell will show up or lay low for a while. (I recommend the latter.)

10. Are you one of those people who listen the game (KGO 810, 107.7 FM) on your walkman? You’ll notice that Bob Fitzgerald has replaced Ted Robinson, who was suspended two games for comments he made on KNBR about Janay Palmer’s decision to marry Ray Rice after he punched her in the face and dragged her unconscious body out of an elevator. Fitzgerald is a diehard Chicago Bears fan, so this may be the first radio broadcast in franchise history where the play-by-play announcer complains about calls that go against the opposing team.

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