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Soft Opening At Levi's Stadium Sees Venue Have Issues With Parking, Wi-Fi, Trains
Published August 4, 2014
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SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 8/4). Also in San Jose, Daniel Brown wrote the gist of many instant reviews was that the stadium is a "great place" that "needs work." The trains "ran behind schedule, the ushers sometimes pointed people the wrong direction, the bag policy proved confusing, and the concession prices caused shock." One fan asked, "Are they paying for this place with beer?" But Brown wrote by the time fans made it to their seats, the "good outweighed the bad -- by a long shot." They "forgot the inconveniences in the splendor of the Bandera Bermuda turf grass" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 8/3). 49ers CEO Jed York said while roaming the concourses before Saturday night's match, "It's a learning experience for everybody." Mercurio said, "We learned some lessons, and it was good. This was a perfect event for us to start off" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 8/3).
PLEASED WITH EFFORT: Overall, the 49ers felt good about the rollout of multiple tech platforms at Levi’s Stadium. Team officials noted a Mexico-Chile soccer exhibition on Sept. 6 will provide the club with another opportunity to work the kinks out before the team's first NFL regular-season game eight days later. Officials also noted during the Sounders-Earthquakes match, Levi’s Stadium logged in 13,524 unique clients using the facility’s Wi-Fi network and bandwidth utilization exceeded 1 gigabits per second, believed to be the first time that has happened in a stadium setting. In addition, the stadium’s mobile app -- designed in-house -- was the top app used during the event, followed by Facebook and SpeedTest. All told, the Kezar access control system, another in-house tech solution, worked well with 43,000 fans scanning their own tickets to access the stadium (Don Muret, Staff Writer).
SKATING AWAY? YAHOO SPORTS' Harrison Mooney reported Ticketmaster might have leaked details for a future Levi's Stadium event, as fans for three hours "could purchase tickets ... to the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, a Saturday, February 21 game" between the Kings and Sharks at the new venue. The link "was dead by noon" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/3).