Santa Clara Stadium the new home for the 49ers in 2014
Continued.... The new Stadium is one of two finalists to host the Super Bowl in February 2016 and will host an annual NCAA bowl game, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in 2014. The new stadium will include all of the state of the art features found in the other new stadiums across the country. Santa Clara Stadium will have 150 luxury suites, 7,500 premium club seats and an increased amount of seats lower and closer to the field, a concept known as "bowl seating". This design will put nearly two-thirds of the fans in the lower bowl, one of the largest in the NFL. In the lead up to the stadium opening 49ers fans have already bought nearly $700 million worth of seats and luxury boxes, with nearly 70% of current 49ers season ticket holders committing to keep their seats. Nearly 70% of the club seats and three-quarters of the luxury boxes have been sold already.
The stadium was designed by HNTB with an emphasis on creating a stadium that is reminiscent of San Francisco architecture. Like Candlestick Park, Santa Clara Stadium will be an open air stadium with a natural grass field. The seating capacity will have the ability to be expanded for major events such as the potential Super Bowl or international soccer events-the stadium is designed to meet FIFA requirements for international soccer.
In keeping with current green building strategies, stadium backers claim that "the stadium is currently one of the large buildings registered with the US Green Building Council; it is also believe to be the first stadium that will have both green roof and solar panels". Those attending events at Santa Clara Stadium will be able to utilize multiple methods of transportation including Amtrak and a proposed BART extension. Beyond the green and solar panels the stadium construction includes the use of paving materials and roofing materials with a high solar reflective index; the use of recycled water for landscape irrigation; and the installation of permanent monitoring systems that provide feedback on ventilation systems and performance.
By: Chris Michaels