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Silicon Valley: Supporting a return to Levi's Stadium

"Pedro Nakamura". Peninsula 360 Press.

The Santa Clara stadium in California was the first to implement technology that would help reduce the spread of COVID-19 once fans return to the stands.

Much is being said today about the great stadiums that the National Football League (NFL) has unveiled in this 101st season. Both SoFi Stadium - home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams - and Allegiant Stadium - home of the Las Vegas Raiders - represented a huge investment to host games of the best football in the world.

However, the San Francisco Forty-Niners in Santa Clara, California, predicted that issues that today could be sources of infection would be put aside.

With an investment of 1.3 billion dollars and opened in 2014, Levi's Stadium, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, implemented a technology capable of reducing human-to-human contact at mass events.

The building has more than 1,200 free high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots for every 100 people and can accommodate more than 68,000 spectators, a figure that can be increased to 75,000 due to its modular technology.

Because of the pandemic of COVID-19 and questioning for the return of fans, one avenue that would facilitate the situation is with the use of smartphones; with this, it would propose to encourage social distancing for the most part.

Access tickets will be scanned using QR codes - a dimensional image that can be read electronically - and iBeacons - Apple's location technology.

Fans can join the conversation of the game in real time, access replays, statistics and buy the typical souvenirs, as well as food without generating traffic of people, that is to say, brought to the customer's seat.

The proposed return for Santa Clara football fans is starting to become a reality, but no date has been set yet.

The protocols are in place for Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert and company to once again feel the warmth of their supporters.

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