Yesterday marked the big ribbon-cutting at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, which will be the new home of the San Francisco 49ers from this season onward. As Niners fans used to catching games at Candlestick gear up for the long commute south, they can be assured that the stadium will have more of everything: more seats, more bathrooms, and especially, more food. Centerplate, which will be handling most of the stadium's concessions, boasts that they'll have one food and beverage point of sale for every 86 fans, cutting down on line times. And if you're a vegan or vegetarian, you'll be particularly excited to hear that the stadium will have the best meatless options in the NFL.
Over 180 different food items will be served at Levi's Stadium, with 17 types of quick-service concepts that will be named for exactly what they're selling. They include Franks (nitrate-free, with a vegan option), Burgers (with American Kobe beef and vegan burgers), Curry (Indian-style, with spiced naan, cassava chips, and varieties like Rajisthani lamb and vegan navy bean and kale), Tortas, Soft Serve, Barbecue (pulled pork or pulled jackfruit), Panini and Steamed Buns (Asian-style bao in Peking duck, pork belly, and vegan portobello varieties). All the menus will be on digital screens, and AT&T Park regulars will find familiar favorites like garlic fries and Ghirardelli ice-cream sundaes. All told, there are 14 vegan and 26 vegetarian food options (though the latter figure includes a few types of ice cream). 13 of the 36 stands will offer kid's meals, with a choice of pizza, hot dogs, or chicken tenders.
In addition to the standard quick-service offerings, the stadium will feature an outpost of Santa Cruz's Mondo Burrito on the upper concourse, and a tap room at the 50-yard line with 42 different drafts (most of which are from Anheuser-Busch, but with some bigger craft options like Lagunitas IPA, Speakeasy Prohibition, 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die, and, in a coup for small SOMA upstart Cellarmaker, Dobis Pale Ale). Aiden Winery's kegged chardonnay and pinot noir will be on tap throughout the stadium, with another 12 or so wines from local producers scattered here and there.
Sustainability is also a watchword, with 85% of the stadium's food coming from California suppliers (78% of it from within 150 miles), exclusively recyclable/compostable/biodegradable packaging, cage-free eggs, and sustainable seafood. And to top it off, there's Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak & Pub, which is a separate entity from Centerplate's operations and will feature a fancy steakhouse and a casual pub area, both open on non-game days.
The Niners' first 2014 home game will be a pre-season match against the Broncos on August 8th; their first regular-season game at the stadium will be against the Bears, on September 14th. Here's the full 2014 season schedule.
· Michael Mina Opening a Bourbon Steak at Levi's Stadium [~ ESF ~]
· Take a Stroll Through AT&T Park's New Edible Garden [~ ESF ~]
· 2014 Schedule [49ers]