Designing for Parking, Fan Traffic at Spectator Venues

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When Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., hosts its first San Francisco 49ers football game later this year, it will represent a substantial upgrade over storied Candlestick Park in many ways. Boasting nearly twice the square footage of the Niners’ old home, Levi’s Stadium will offer more of just about everything except seats — from elevators and escalators to concessions points of sale and restrooms. It will also offer more parking — 21,000 spaces compared to 18,000.

However, a combination of rail transit, shuttle busing and thousands of spaces leased from a neighboring Great America theme park has allowed stadium designers to avoid construction of any new parking spaces surrounding the $1.2 billion venue, according to Tim Cahill, national design director for architect HNTB. “Could we, in fact, start to utilize existing parking lot facilities within, say, a 15-minute walk, and even start to talk with the 49ers about a shuttle bus system?” says Cahill, recalling the thought process. “There are a lot of office buildings there that are empty on Sunday, and environmentally it’s the right thing to do.”

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