In a stadium with 68,500 seats, it can be hard to narrow down the best seat in the stadium. First, let’s talk about weather.
The Weather Effect
Levi’s Stadium gained unfortunate notoriety during the first season in operation because of problems with warm temperatures. During the second season the 49ers worked with the NFL to schedule games in the evening, and for one season the problem was abated. However, in subsequent seasons the day games returned.
The problem is that the stadium gets hot, and without much of a breeze it feels hotter than the surrounding area. Beyond the heat is the problem of sunlight. Staring into the sun for an entire game is not enjoyable because it makes it hard to see the action on the field.
For these reasons, we consider most of the stadium a bad place to sit for morning and afternoon games. When possible, choose seats on the home side of the stadium where shade from the SAP Suite Tower will improve the fan experience.
It’s not always the case that club seats are better than general admission, but at Levi’s Stadium club seats have two big advantages: wider, padded seats and shaded, air conditioned club areas. Even on the hottest day in the sunniest seat on the visitor side, you can escape the sun and heat at halftime by retreating into the club areas.
Originally we ignored this class of seat because they were not available as an SBL, and were infrequently available as tickets. However, as more tickets become available this class of seat deserves a review. Generally speaking, the suites are AMAZING. Some of the amenities include big comfortable seats, waiters catering to your every need, access to exclusive clubs, a wine list that is six pages long, and comfortable lounges in case you need to get away from the gameday noise for a few minutes.
Unfortunately, the suite views are not the best in the stadium. In the tower they are too high. In the rest of the stadium they are set back behind the 200 level seats, which gives a sense of distance from the field.
Best view can almost become a religious argument, with some liking the view from the end zones and other enjoying the view from the 50 yard line. We believe that the best seats at Levi’s Stadium are located in the front row on the second level home side.
We own two front row seats on the second level, home side, but don’t take our word for it. The most expensive seats in the whole stadium at a whopping $250,000 per seat (!!!) were located in the two front rows on the visitor side. We tend to agree, except we like the shady side better.
The best amenities by far are provided by the two BNY Mellon clubs, located on the 50 yard line on the visitor and home sides. Included in the ticket price are complimentary food and drinks including beer, wine, and hard liquor.