Updates have been incorporated based your experience and mine from the Earthquakes / Sounders soccer game shakedown.
The Levi’s Stadium bike directions list out suggested paths and streets to use when accessing the stadium. I personally like pictures, so I’ve created a map of bike paths and street access to the stadium from those paths for your convenience.
In the below scrollable & zoomable map, separated bike paths are shown in solid green, and on-street bike routes from the path to the stadium are a subdued green. The San Tomas Aquino Trail will be closed between Agnew and Tasman during events “to ensure the integrity of the stadium’s security perimeter” – this is shown in red. The official detour is the purple route.
Some of these on-street routes are better than others. Tasman Drive will be closed to motor traffic during events between about Great America Parkway and Centennial Boulevard, but traffic is expected to be very heavy on Tasman outside of this closure zone. Great American Parkway has sufficient bike lanes, but watch for those left crosses and right hooks. Lafayette traffic can be very fast. Finally, I’ve been told that the California Office of Traffic Safety has warned Santa Clara County to expect an increase in DUI crashes and DUI fatalities due to the stadium, so watch for those impaired idiots post-game.
Levi’s Stadium bike directions and bike parking updates
During the Stadium opening event, many people ran into problems with uninformed staff and confusing directions regarding bikes and bike parking. Read the comments below for details.
- Free bike parking is indeed available in Red Lot 1: If you ask ushers, they may tell you the wrong thing, but there is a fenced paddock with valet bike racks in Red Lot 1. This is the lot next to Gate C, where the San Tomas Aquino Trail intersects with Tasman Road. This valet parking is only minimally manned, so bring a lock.
- The San Tomas Aquino Trail is closed between Agnew and Tasman: This surprised several people who tried biking and walking to the stadium. To make things worse, the security personnel manning the trail closures apparently had no information about the detours. I wrote to the Santa Clara BPAC and the Stadium Transportation Operations Group regarding this; they promised better signage on the trail in advance of the closures, and better training for the security people.
On a related note, some people noted that the trail could be opened up between Agnew and the Great America parking lot while still maintaining the security perimeter.
- Trail detour: The trail detour between Agnew and the Stadium is shown in purple on the embedded map. It’s accurate, but it does get confusing on the ground, especially once you pass into the Amtrak parking lot and cross over to the golf course parking lot where things get very crowded with people. I suggest scouting this route before game day if you can.
The security people and ushers in this area mostly don’t know how to get to bike parking, but if you ask for “Red Lot 1” they might be more helpful. Once you get to Tasman Drive from Centennial (near the Santa Clara Convention Center parking garage), you’ll be asked to dismount and walk your bike. Given how congested this area is it’s a reasonable request.
- Bags are not allowed inside the stadium: You’ll want to think about what you bring on your bike. Bags of any kind are not permitted past the stadium security checkpoints. Leave lights, helmets, tools, etc on your bike; otherwise, you’ll need to wait a long time to retrieve your belongings from the bag checks.
- Lockable bike racks: The “valet” bike paddocks are those portable rods used to park hundreds of bikes at large events like football games. They have fantastic capacity, but rate poorly for security. If you insist on a proper bike rack, these are available inside of the Santa Clara Convention Center parking garage, and at various locations inside the security perimeter next to the stadium itself but outside of the gates.
Free bike valet parking will be available in Red Lot 1, which is where the San Tomas Aquino Trail intersects with Tasman Drive.
If the embedded map is too small, try clicking here for the full size Levi’s Stadium bike directions map.