Q My wife and I will be attending the first 49ers game at Levi's Stadium next Sunday. After reading about all the problems people had getting to and from the stadium for the Quakes game, we are worried. What do your readers recommend? We have reserved parking in Lot A, and we are driving up from the south. Should we take Interstate 880 to Tasman Drive, or Highway 101 to Great America or something different?
A Great America got favorable reviews, and that was the route suggested on your parking pass. Do NOT Google directions, but follow directions on the parking pass. Also, here's a good tip from Jeff-the-Motorist:
"Get there early. Most fans would arrive to Candlestick for a 1 p.m. 49ers game by 10 a.m. At the Quakes game, this equates to 4:30 arrival for a 7:30 game. But most fans were arriving around 6 p.m. or later. I was able to get from my parking spot (which was just a 10-minute walk to the stadium) onto the freeway in about 10 minutes from Great America Parkway."
Hmmm. Today it's all about getting to Levi's Stadium by car. On Monday by transit.
Q We got to Red Lot 5 at Patrick Henry and Tasman at 3 p.m. and had no problems arriving or departing. We expected the worst, and it was a ghost town -- barely any cars or people. When leaving a little after 10 p.m. the lot was nearly empty.
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Q We traveled down I-880 and arrived at Levi's Stadium at 4:35 p.m., so traffic was not an issue. We were confused about where to park as there was only one sign off of the freeway and parked in the first lot we saw, which was the "Yellow 2" directly across from the stadium. After the game, we sat in our car for 55 minutes in the parking lot. It was one and half hours to get onto 880.
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Q I purchased a game day parking ticket for $40. I followed the route given to me by the 49ers to Green Lot 3 via 87 and 101.
No traffic until we got off at Great America, but that was not too bad as traffic was moving and I was able to move to the left-turn lane at Patrick Henry to head to the lot.
The major problem was at the stop light. As the left-turn lane filled up, I could see cars stacked up to 101. Then, of course, we had all the dive bombers swooping down the middle lane and turning left illegally. This caused a bottleneck as Patrick Henry is only one lane in each direction.
All the cars turning left and the cars turning right from the other direction converged into a mass of cars going nowhere.
We sat in the parking lot after the game for 30 minutes. No one was moving. Complete gridlock.
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Q We arrived about 5 p.m. and parked in Red Lot 8. No traffic issues on the way in from Highway 237 using Great America Parkway. Enjoyed our tailgating and the Quakes win! Our only problem after the game was finding our way back to the lot in the dark.
Sounds like driving was better than mass transit!
A That it was.