Field Goal: A New
A sea of red and gold spreads out through the streets. Throngs of face-painted fans chant and sing. These are the sights and sounds of a hundred thousand people converging to a single destination to support their team. This is game day in the San Francisco Bay area.
These loyal fans hail from San Francisco Bay area communities where technological innovation and sustainability are a way of life. Here, businesses of all sizes are expected to put the environment and the community first. The residents demand it. Fan Roger Sippl echoes the community sentiment: "I think any developer has a responsibility to make their buildings as energy efficient as possible. I'd be disappointed if someone put up a big project like this and it didn't have reduced carbon emissions as a goal."
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"It's a movement across the country—become more sustainable. And stadiums have to do their part. But we wanted to be functionally green, not just green for green's sake."
-Al Guido, C.O.O. of the San Francisco 49ers
That's why at Levi's Stadium, sustainability means a lot more than solar:
NRG EVgo® Charging Stations
New Thinking About Energy
Robert Gaudette, Senior Vice President of NRG Business Solutions, credits team executives with recognizing the high expectations associated with a project of this scale in a community that demands technological innovation and environmental responsibility. He notes, "The stadium is located right in the heart of technology. It's also the center of the newest kind of thinking about what energy is."
"One of the focuses was, let's ensure that it's really a technology driven stadium. Let's adopt what really makes Silicon Valley great."
As the largest public venue in the heart of Silicon Valley, Levi's Stadium uses innovative technology to enhance the fan experience:
- In-event closed-captioning via mobile web
- Electric vehicle charging stations, powered by NRG EVgo
- State-of-the-art fan WiFi with one access point for every 100 seats
- 40GB-per-second internet capacity, a first for a U.S. stadium
- A dedicated mobile app that helps fans with parking, ticketing and food service
Fans Tell Us the Score
So do fans see Levi's Stadium as a winning drive, or a fumble? For fan Doug Wilson, it's definitely the former. "It's a fantastic stadium," he says. "We're known for technology and sustainability so it fits in well here. It's good to be a leader in this. It looks good for the Bay Area." Wilson adds that it's not just local football fans who have noticed. "Even my mom and my sisters know about the stadium and how green it is."
"I think that this will set the standard, it's up to us to show the country that we need this kind of technology."
-Ken Spalasso, football fan
One football fan who truly embodies the Bay Area attitude is Juan Garcia, who uses a portable solar cell to power his tailgating toys. A loyal fan, Garcia offered perhaps the most fitting observation:
"This is such a nice place to watch a game. I have kids and my kids are going to have kids. It's nice to know that efforts are being made to not make such a mess of the earth."
-Juan Garcia, football fan