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Sun Aug 3, 2014, 01:27 PM

Traffic, tech glitches mar 1st event at new Levi's Stadium

Ann Killion / San Francisco Chronicle, 8-3-14

What happens when you go to a brand-new stadium and Candlestick Park breaks out?

Sitting in absolute gridlock outside of Levi's Stadium on Saturday evening attempting to get to the Earthquakes-Sounders game, I thought I could hear the old Stick having one last creaky laugh 38 miles up the freeway.

Saturday's MLS soccer game was the first sporting event held at Levi's. It was a test run for the new stadium, 15 days before the 49ers' first home preseason game against Denver (an event that brought 48,765 to the stadium, about two-thirds of what it will hold for a NFL game.)


Highlights from the link:

It took a full hour to go one mile.
Parking lots filled up early -- late arrivals had to find street parking miles from the stadium (exactly the scenario many Santa Clara residents were concerned about).
Light rail service from nearby San Jose, usually a 30 minute trip, took over an hour.
Wireless crashed in the press box.
TVs went out for long stretches.
The sound system was muddied and roundly panned.

More at the link

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Mon Aug 4, 2014, 12:28 PM



Hey, I know! Let's build another stadium a couple of miles from the nearest freeway! And this one has the equivalent of a Muni Metro line right outside! What could go wrong?

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Mon Aug 4, 2014, 12:53 PM

2. I'd expect SOME opening day glitches ...

but this transportation/parking problem is a disaster that's only going to get worse. Santa Clara could be facing some serious infrastructure updates to address it -- providing anyone gives a damn.

Whoever was in charge sure lied on this issue.

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