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Levi’s Stadium traffic plan gets “crucial test”

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The 49ers’ new stadium is apparently really nice.  If you can get there.

Getting there has become a major concern since the first event held at the Field of Jeans, a Major League Soccer game.  As explained by Mike Rosenberg and Gary Richards of the San Jose Mercury News, a new traffic plan has been devised for Sunday’s christening of the venue by the 49ers, in a preseason game against the Broncos.  Rosenberg and Richards describe it as a “crucial test.”

Issues include traffic jams, confusion regarding parking, and hour-plus waits for commuter trains, even though the crowd was sparse in comparison to the expected crowds for NFL games.  Each has been addressed; whether each has been improved will be a different issue.

Separate problems existed inside the stadium, where supplies were exhausted at concession stands and stadium employees were unfamiliar with the nooks and crannies of the property.

They’ve got a pair of preseason games before the building officially opens to regular-season football, on Sunday, September 14, when the 49ers host the Bears on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

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42 Responses to “Levi’s Stadium traffic plan gets “crucial test””
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 15, 2014 1:35 PM

    Don’t forget to cover the sidewalks in Red Tag carpet so that the fans think that you think they are really special and important.

  2. ronfai says: Aug 15, 2014 1:55 PM

    Getting there wasn’t as big of an issue as getting out. All those queues for the light-rail and vital intersections were grid locked.
    With the opening of the pocket rail and new attention to the congested zones, I’m fairly certain this run will go much better.

    There were a lot of factors that caused issuing during the soccer match: Great America was open, not all lots were open, people didn’t know where to park, Capital Corridor wasn’t serving and VTA hadn’t completed the pocket rail.

    Considering there were lots of people who paid hundreds of dollars to see Paul McCartney close out Candlestick were stuck in gridlock all night and missed the show all together, I don’t think anyone is going to miss Candlestick.

  3. calibear831 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:57 PM

    I went to the open house to check out the stadium, traffic was terrible!, the problem is that there’s too many traffic lights from the time you exit the 101 to the stadium.

  4. kaprajan says: Aug 15, 2014 2:00 PM

    Oh my god there’s traffic getting to and out of and nfl stadium on game days! Everyone FREAK OUT!

  5. digitalsasquatch says: Aug 15, 2014 2:00 PM

    Oh NO! The chardonnay will get warm before we arrive! This will not stand…who can we write to?

  6. riggo08 says: Aug 15, 2014 2:04 PM

    I have no dog in the fight, but wasn’t the 49ers last Superbowl win in 1994?

  7. pantherpro says: Aug 15, 2014 2:12 PM

    Oakland you don’t have to worry about traffic. Did you tarp 2nd deck this year?

  8. colv says: Aug 15, 2014 2:18 PM

    Officials will work out these issues, government folks are on the job 24/7. Here’s wishing the Santa Clara 49s and it’s fans good luck in their new diggs and success on the field.

  9. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Aug 15, 2014 2:20 PM

    I’m not going until Thanksgiving night when the Niners officially christen their new joint with a resounding beat down of the team from Renton.

    Traffic should be resolved by then

  10. sourdoughsam says: Aug 15, 2014 2:28 PM

    Can’t be any worse than it was at Candlestick.

  11. misterseahawk says: Aug 15, 2014 2:40 PM

    Looks like a fine Stadium.

  12. radar8 says: Aug 15, 2014 2:55 PM

    THe problems are completely overblown. The biggest issue is that fans aren’t used to driving to that stadium. They didn’t know how to get there and how to get in.
    It will all get better over time as both the city and the fans will learn.

  13. norcalseahawkfan says: Aug 15, 2014 2:55 PM

    Didnt plan for traffic, Thats funny.
    If we build it they will come,, does not matter if they cant get there.
    Should be better now that Great Amercia is not open. LOL.
    No real plan, No idea. Should have built it in Gilroy. At least you could get wine in
    Casa De Fruta.
    Really, they didnt take the time to do a traffic study?

  14. i10east says: Aug 15, 2014 3:00 PM

    Levi’s Stadium, Home to Santa Clara’s 49ers = a West Coast version of Gillette Stadium. They say that this is a copycat league.

  15. higheriqthanyou says: Aug 15, 2014 3:00 PM

    I’m not going until Thanksgiving night when the Niners officially christen their new joint with a resounding beat down of the team from Renton.

    And who is bandwagon?

  16. notthetroll says: Aug 15, 2014 3:00 PM

    Leave it to the People’s Republic of California to throw a pant load of money at a project and have it work with all the efficiency of the Federal Government.

  17. higheriqthanyou says: Aug 15, 2014 3:02 PM

    Give them a break.

    They started planning this 4 years ago and back then they only had 20,000 at the games for a couple decades.

    Who would have guessed they’d have more now?

  18. norcalseahawkfan says: Aug 15, 2014 3:16 PM

    sourdoughsam says:
    Aug 15, 2014 2:28 PM

    Can’t be any worse than it was at Candlestick.
    ———————————————————-
    Well now you are going to have truck traffic.
    Any truck driver worth there salt could find a way to stay away from the stick. Now its on the 101 in an area where trucks travel to get to there deliverys. Oh yea the games are on Sunday, So what! Dont tell me about the 280,880,237,680,17,85 or any other way. That area was a mess before. I guess if you want to go to a game you could start your trip the day before.

  19. rdubluv12 says: Aug 15, 2014 3:24 PM

    I’m not going until Thanksgiving night when the Niners officially christen their new joint with a resounding beat down of the team from Renton.

    ———————————————–

    Riiiiight. Because that 2 point “beatdown” last season at home against Seattle was so epic. The Hawks have not lost a game by more than 7 points in 46 consecutive games (NFL record btw). Sorry to burst that bubble of Niner delusionality, but predicting a beatdown is highly unrealistic.

  20. kingpoch says: Aug 15, 2014 3:43 PM

    rdubluv12

    A loss is a loss brotha, doesn’t matter how many points it be by. Reality is the Niners played the Hawks hard once they got everyone healthy last year, and split 1-1. Looking forward to watching this rivalry in 2014

  21. rodd1 says: Aug 15, 2014 3:49 PM

    They built it in the middle of Santa No Where and there are traffic problems … OMG … short-sighted York’s should have build it in The City next to AT&T Park where it belongs … bad luck Niner fans !!!

  22. sonoco says: Aug 15, 2014 3:52 PM

    Even a relatively innocuous 49er related post about traffic issues draws out 12’s (lol) like a moth to flame. Pretty funny.

  23. norcalseahawkfan says: Aug 15, 2014 4:12 PM

    kingpoch says:
    Aug 15, 2014 3:43 PM

    rdubluv12

    A loss is a loss brotha, doesn’t matter how many points it be by. Reality is the Niners played the Hawks hard once they got everyone healthy last year, and split 1-1. Looking forward to watching this rivalry in 2014
    ———————————————————-
    Lest you forget the NFC Championship game, that would make it 2-1.
    Kap to Crab, Lets burn Sherm for the game, oops, If it was only 4″ higher.

  24. oaktown49er says: Aug 15, 2014 4:36 PM

    @higheriq guy…the 49ers have sold out every game since about 1981. Call Niners fans all the names u want except bandwagon.

  25. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 15, 2014 5:09 PM

    @oaktown49er… the tickets were possibly bought by someone – after all, corporations are people my friends – but the stadium was still over half empty.

    Bandwagon.

  26. GreenAndBlueMakesMeSpew says: Aug 15, 2014 5:20 PM

    norcalseahagfan and higheriqthannoone too funny, dont you have somewhere else to troll? appears you are both envious or intimidated by the niner nation. go crawl back under the wooden wheel of your wagon

  27. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 15, 2014 5:31 PM

    Yes, intimidated by the team and QB we own.

    Lombardi.

    Google it.

  28. calininerfan says: Aug 15, 2014 5:52 PM

    New Stadium about to open, it happens. ATT park in San Francisco had some glitches to. It happens.

  29. GreenAndBlueMakesMeSpew says: Aug 15, 2014 6:50 PM

    In the end baby, it’s about how many you have, unfortunately for you and your friends near the wagon wheel, it’s oneanddone…. and btw, none of ours have an asterisk next to them.

  30. norcalseahawkfan says: Aug 15, 2014 7:20 PM

    san francisco doesnt have a team remember, They moved. south to another city. Now you just have a baseball team and rice a roni. heck the .com boom wasnt even yours, that all happend south of you where the 49ers are now.
    Was nancy piglosie in charge of planning?
    she probably said we have to build it to see how bad the traffic is.

  31. ayyyjayyy says: Aug 15, 2014 8:00 PM

    Lombardi.

    Google it.

    ——-

    Careful, you might see things like **** or PEDs or illegal contact / holding led by B!tchard SHErman

  32. GreenAndBlueMakesMeSpew says: Aug 15, 2014 8:17 PM

    oh norcal, your reaching, yes we have a baseball team with 2 world series titles, across the bay the A’s have 9…how many do the M’s have? oh, wait, they’ve never been to one…noneanddone the only thing good about seattle…oh wait, there is nothing good about it. And may I ask if you so despise norcal, why are you here? the only claim to fame for seattle, is 1 tainted SB win, crappy coffee and a grunge band who were basically gone before they started

  33. norcalseahawkfan says: Aug 15, 2014 8:18 PM

    Lombardi

    Seattle 1

    Santa Clara 0

  34. GreenAndBlueMakesMeSpew says: Aug 16, 2014 12:05 AM

    Lombardi

    Hawks 1

    Niners 5

    accept it baby

  35. decon49 says: Aug 16, 2014 1:47 AM

    realitycheckbaby says:
    Aug 15, 2014 5:09 PM
    @oaktown49er… the tickets were possibly bought by someone – after all, corporations are people my friends – but the stadium was still over half empty.

    Bandwagon.

    yea cause microsoft wasnt buying up all the unsold tickets before the 2012th man decided to show up

  36. kingpoch says: Aug 16, 2014 2:34 AM

    norcalseahawkfan,

    Like a typical Hawks fan, all you want to remember is last year and forget the 35 years of Seahawks irrelevance before that. While the Hawks were busy getting ran out at home, the Niners we’re stacking up championships. 5-1. You may not remember any of this though since like a typical Hawks fan you just started following your team a year ago.

    Horray Seattle bandwagoners!

  37. oaktown49er says: Aug 16, 2014 2:34 AM

    @realitycheck, your opinion cant trump facts. At no point in the regular season has Candlestick ever been less than half full. They packed the house back to Kezar days. They hit rock bottom with horrible ownership and an outdated impossible to reach stadium but yet the Niner faithful still got out there and supported that team every sunday. We parked way out in the mud even in the worst of times.

  38. kingpoch says: Aug 16, 2014 2:37 AM

    Ps, since you live in NorCal, thanks for your tax money to build the new Niner kingdom. Hahahahha

  39. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 16, 2014 1:55 PM

    Like a typical Hawks fan, all you want to remember is last year and forget the 35 years of Seahawks irrelevance before that. While the Hawks were busy getting ran out at home, the Niners we’re stacking up championships. 5-1. You may not remember any of this though since like a typical Hawks fan you just started following your team a year ago

    And Jim Brown could still lead the NFL in rushing.

    And I bet you were really popular in highschool.

    And…

    We don’t have to live on the past.

  40. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 16, 2014 1:57 PM

    @oaktown49er ehhhhh, no.

    Make all the made up claims you want, it doesn’t change the facts.

    Watch any home game in the last decade pre Harbaugh – ghost town.

    Sorry.

  41. jvibottomline says: Aug 17, 2014 12:29 PM

    Will Seattle ever win in San Francisco, ever???

    Are there any Seahawks in the Hall of Fame, besides that overrated white wide receiver that is now a George Bush wanna be?

  42. aceakking says: Aug 17, 2014 1:50 PM

    This means when Kaep arrives late to a game, he will blame the traffic.

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