Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara

The new $1.3B home of the San Francisco 49ers, this open-air, state-of- the-art stadium has the capacity to seat up to 77,000 spectators (expandable to 83,500) and features an interior floor area totaling more than 1.9 million gross square feet.


  • Santa Clara, California, USA


  • HNTB Corporation

Project Status

  • Completed in 2014


It is one of the most sustainable sporting venues in the U.S., currently the only professional football stadium to achieve LEED® Gold certification.

WSP provided design documents through design development for mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection, as well as sports and event lighting, for bid by the design-build contractors. Unique elements of our work include an HVAC system that does not use CFC-based refrigerants, instead relying on materials that minimize compounds that contribute to ozone depletion; the installation of permanent monitoring systems that provide feedback on ventilation system performance; use of recycled water for landscape irrigation, toilets and urinals along with water-conserving fixtures; and the use of controllable/programmable lighting control systems and thermal comfort control systems.

Sustainable design services were also a significant part of our scope, provided through Built Ecology. Key high performance features consist of the use of reclaimed water for both potable and non-potable uses, such as playing field irrigation, as well as three solar-paneled pedestrian bridges and one solar-paneled roof deck, which allow the stadium to collect enough energy to power it for all 10 home games, and a 27,000-square-foot “Green Roof” located on top of the stadium’s suite tower.

Engineering Levi’s Stadium- interior view

77 000
Luxury suites
Interior Floor Area
1.9M SF

Completed on schedule, opening for the 2014-2015 season, the design-build stadium offers 68,500 regular seats, 8,500 club seats, and 165 luxury suites spread across two levels, as well as typical fan amenities, such as nine club spaces, a wide range of concessions/foodservice options including a fine dining restaurant and bar, restrooms, a 49ers Hall of Fame Museum and a 49ers Team Store. The sports and entertainment complex also features day-of-game team facilities, stadium and team administration offices, related back-of-house areas, and other areas and functions commonly found in cutting edge National Football League stadium venues.

This multi-purpose venue was designed to host a multitude of experiences beyond professional football games, including Major League Soccer and FIFA World Cup matches, WrestleMania, motocross events, concerts and conferences.