Levi’s® Stadium Receives Venue of the Year Award against an International Field of Competitors
Levi’s® Stadium was designed to be a world-class sports and entertainment venue and that recognition was officially bestowed on the home of the San Francisco 49ers on June 10 when the venue was named Venue of Year for 2015 at the The Stadium Business Awards in Barcelona, Spain.
The award was voted on by an independent panel of industry experts and awarded to Levi’s® Stadium over a formidable international field that included some of the most venerable venues in the world. The rest of the field featured Sydney Cricket Ground (Australia), Camp Nou (home of FC Barcelona and the site of the awards dinner), Avaya Stadium (home of the Earthquakes), Wembley Stadium (home of the NFL in London and the English National Team) and Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro (site of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final).
Levi’s® Stadium was actually a double-winner on the evening, also receiving the Venue Technology Award for the Levi’s Stadium App.
“Awards like these are a credit to all the hard-working people who represent this organization,” said 49ers COO Al Guido. “We can’t thank all of our employees, our partners and our fans enough for everything they have done to make this venue a success.”
The Stadium Business Awards, in its sixth year, honors a wide range of achievements from across the global stadium industry. The ceremony took place during The Stadium Business Summit at Camp Nou, Barcelona, an event attended by senior industry figures.
“Congratulations to everyone who reached the podium,” commented Ian Nuttall, founder of The Stadium Business Awards. “Winners included our industry’s leaders, achievers and stand-out venues, who should all be very proud of their achievements.”
Event organizers received hundreds of nominations which were narrowed down to a shortlist, some of which were voted for by the industry and others judged by an independent panel of industry experts.
Last month in New York City, Levi’s® Stadium received the coveted Sports Facility of the Year Award from Sports Business Journal. Voted on by magazine staff and an independent panel of industry experts, the home venue for the 49ers topped a highly qualified field made up of AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys), University of Phoenix (Arizona Cardinals), Staples Center (Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers & Kings) and McLane Stadium (Baylor University).
Past winners of that award include Madison Square Garden (New York Knicks & Rangers), Barclays Center (Brooklyn Nets), Amway Center (Orlando Magic), Target Field (Minnesota Twins), Cowboys Stadium (now AT&T Stadium), Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts) and AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants).