I just got back from the Stadium Series game and I’ll tell you about it

A view from my seat.

I just got back from the Stadium Series game at Levi’s Stadium and I had a pretty good time. I went to last year’s game in LA and that was my measuring stick for this one. It didn’t meet the excitement and standard to the LA one, but there were a few highlights.

First of all, I love outdoor hockey games so this one was nicely set up. The ambiance was pretty unique and the setting of the California terrains and the water with the bridge was really unique and nice to the setting. Aside from the actual game, which made me sad because the Sharks lost, there were some few interesting things about the experience that stood out to me.

They kept encouraging fans to be loud and displayed a decibel meter but it never got loud enough to make any significant difference. That was foolish. After all, Levi’s Stadium is still too new and the identity of the place doesn’t warrant such a gimmick.

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I am ready for the Stadium Series!

Ready to go!

The day is finally here and I am going to the Stadium Series game tonight. I’ve seen so many pictures and it looks fantastic. I have pretty high standards for this game since I went to last year’s game in LA and that blew me away.

I know that in the standings, this is a huge game. The Kings are on a roll and the Sharks are not. The Sharks need this game bad to keep afloat and maybe get some momentum by beating their rival.

This will be a fun experience and I hope the excitement delivers. Go Sharks!

Artist rendering of the Stadium Series didn’t try hard enough

As I was looking at the just released artist rendering of the Stadium Series game at Levi’s Stadium, I noticed something odd.

First of  all, the rendering looks nice. I like it a lot. I cannot wait to be there next week to see it live all by myself. The fake beach and the bright colors are very California.

But look at the crowd and the jerseys they are wearing. Look at the bottom right, in front of Dustin Brown is Logan Couture. And in front of Couture is a blank jersey with #85. That isn’t a hockey jersey. That is a football jersey. That’s actually the jersey of Vernon Davis of the 49ers just with his name removed and the jersey recolored.

Look at the fans in the concourse area on the right. Those look like football jerseys too. Come on, artist guy. You can do better.

But of course I am just nitpicking a little. Not even a big deal. Surprisingly, that was the first thing I saw when I opened the image.

My first ever game at Levi’s Stadium

My first time at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers won the game 20-17.

Since I live in LA, I rarely have time to come up to the Bay Area. Even though I was there for the construction of Levi’s Stadium, I had never actually step foot inside the building. Yesterday I finally did that to catch the 49ers’ season finale. How appropriate that I was at Jim Harbaugh’s first ever game and now I attended his last game.

The stadium itself look gorgeous from the outside. I was smart enough to take Light Rail to the stadium and I got there early so I didn’t have to worry about getting too packed in trying to get inside. The area right outside the entrance with all the booths was really nice. Great way to keep people occupied as they wait. Once inside, I was amazed at how nice it looked. There doesn’t seem to be a bad view from any spot. I like that once up the stairs, you get a nice view of the field.

It was spacious. This was something Candlestick never had and it was a huge improvement. I didn’t eat everything but I did try a torta and a seafood chowder bowl. Not bad. One thing that I wish I had done was go to the museum, but I didn’t have time for it. Instead I just walked around. There wasn’t a lot of things to occupy me when I walked around. It just seemed very big. But I guess that’s fine.

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Levi’s Stadium to host NHL Stadium Series game between Sharks and Kings

https://twitter.com/NHL/status/497050177346478081

This is what I have been waiting for!

I went to the one in LA this year and it was a blast. I can only imagine how this one is going to be in a new stadium and filled with Sharks fans.

What makes this great is that outdoor hockey is nothing like anything else I have seen. It’ so cool to see hockey outdoors. I hope that the weather won’t get too warm. But it should be great. I don’t know how I can find my way up north for this, but I know that I want to do this. This is going to be great!

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I saw Levi’s Stadium for first time since leaving the 49ers beat in 2012

Ever since I moved to SoCal after the 2012 NFL Draft, I had never had the chance to return to Santa Clara. I only saw minor construction of the soon to be Levi’s Stadium during my final season on the beat.

I had seen pictures and videos of the stadium’s construction from SoCal. I didn’t know when I would ever come to see the stadium up close.

Luckily today, on my way to work at Yahoo, I got a chance to stop by the stadium before I boarded light rail. It’s as beautiful as I imagined. I didn’t get a chance to go to the ribbon cutting ceremony. But I know I will be back for a game this year.

Check out the photos I took here on Facebook.

Props to Cal for not letting the Big Game move to Levi’s Stadium

It basically comes to this: Do the Cal Bears want to be viewed as that money-hungry school that would sell their tradition for glamour?

Cal knew that it wasn’t right. The fans voiced their opinion. And in the end, Cal did right by not letting the tradition of the Big Game change.

I was hoping that this was the way it would be but I was afraid that there would be too much power in the glamour. Glad we have no change. Memories of the Big Game should remain with the schools, not the big stadium for the big boys.

It would suck if a moment like this was played on a neutral site.