Levi’s most-wired NFL stadium; app is fan-friendly
▪ Levi’s Stadium was built in part as a showcase for Silicon Valley tech giants based nearby.
It has 40 times more bandwidth capacity than any other NFL stadium and the stadium app can guide fans directly to their seat through the interplay with 1,700 electronic beacons installed around the stadium.
One other popular function of the stadium app: It can guide fans to the nearest bathroom with the shortest lines. MARK WASHBURN
▪ California is working hard to get around its water crisis, but it probably didn’t need to warn men’s room patrons at Levi’s Stadium with the following sign, posted over a urinal: “Recycled water. Do Not Drink.” JOE PERSON
▪ In the days before the game, fans wearing Panther gear were far outnumbered by those walking the street in Broncos orange. At Levi’s Stadium Sunday, the imbalance was more dramatic – only three areas of the stadium were thick with Panther blue, the rest of the stadium a sea of orange. MARK WASHBURN
▪ Activists outside Levi’s Stadium were protesting all kinds of issues before the big game – abortion, premarital sex, sin and even circumcision. A group called the Bay Area Intactivists touted signs that read “His body his choice” and garnered giggles and requests from fans for photos as they walked by. KATIE PERALTA
▪ Fans ogled the heavy security presence outside the stadium. They spotted the massive Homeland Security Department vehicles parked outside Levi’s Stadium Sunday, stopping to pose for photos as officers armed with giant assault rifles watched on. KATIE PERALTA
▪ Fans decked out in Carolinas blue and black found each other easily in the mixed-jersey crowds heading into Levi’s Stadium and broke into spontaneous “Keep Pounding” chants, dabs and high-fives. “Jubilant” was the most appropriate term to describe the Carolina fans cheering for their team in its second Super Bowl appearance, all against a low 70s and sunny afternoon. KATIE PERALTA
▪ Eric Gagnon and David Labiak are longtime friends and Carolina Panthers fans who were heading into the Super Bowl Sunday afternoon. The two noted how the Panthers players have better off-the-field records than other NFL players. Gagnon dismissed the criticism of Panthers’ behavior, such as their singing and quarterback Cam Newton’s celebratory dancing. “We call them old people who say that because that’s the new way young people express themselves. If you’re old and you don’t like it, get used to it,” he said. KATIE PERALTA