An inside look at Levi’s Stadium — one of the most technologically advanced arenas in the world

Located in Santa Clara, Calif. Levi’s Stadium prides itself on using technology and innovation to create a one-of-a-kind experience for sports fans. To attend a 49ers game at Levi’s Stadium is more than watching football — it’s a full experience.

“We wanted to be all about fan experience, we wanted to be all about technology, we wanted to be all about sustainability,” president Al Guido told In The Know.

The stadium seats over 70,000 fans and allows them to connect to WiFi with more internet bandwidth capacity than any known U.S. stadium, and four times greater than the mandated standard for NFL stadiums.

Fans use an app to figure out parking and ticketing before entering the game. Building off of the fact that fans would already have the app downloaded onto their phone, engineers added the ability to find the closest concession stand — or, if someone didn’t want to or couldn’t leave their seat, the app allows for delivery.

But the app isn’t exclusively for commerce reasons. Guido says that it was also designed with fans in mind. For instance, if you’re heading towards Gate A, but Gate B has a shorter line and can get you into the stadium eight to 10 minutes faster, the app will tell you that.

“You can [also] get four different replay angles on your device, four seconds after every single play,” Guido said.

There’s a suite overlooking the field that serves as a central hub that collects and aggregates data from a number of points all over the stadium. It’s truly the first of its kind.

“We’re analyzing an extremely large amount of information on a game day,” Moon Javid, Vice President of Strategy and Analytics, said.

On top of that, Levi’s Stadium aims to be as sustainable as possible. The arena turns black water into grey water so that it can be recycled and used for things like toilet flushes.

“We have 10 million fans around the world,” Guido said. “We have to do a good job on their behalf.”

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