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Levi’s Stadium Seats in Sun & Shade

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Unlike the San Francisco Giants, the 49ers play at Levi’s Stadium out in Santa Clara. It’s about 50 miles from the city the team is named for in an area that gets quite toasty in the summer and fall. Levi’s stadium also hosts a variety of soccer matches and concerts throughout the year. Fans heading to a game can use this article in combination with the stadium seating chart to find the best shaded seats at Levi’s Stadium. 

Where are the seats in the shade and sun at Levi’s Stadium?

Generally, the seats in the shade at Levi’s Stadium are located:

  • West Sideline: Shaded on the home side of the field

And the seats in the sun at Levi’s Stadium are located:

  • East Sideline: Sunny on the visitor side of the field
  • End Zones: Seats behind the end zones are exposed to the sun

Most games at Levi’s Stadium kick off in the 1:00pm hour. However, prime time “night” games will usually kick off in the 5:00pm hour to accommodate the TV schedule for those watching on the east coast. Soccer matches and concerts usually begin in the mid to late afternoon. For specific details about shaded sections at different start times, please continue reading. 

Levi’s Stadium Orientation to the Sun

Levi’s Stadium is oriented in a northwest to southeast direction. By noon the sun is high in the sky near the south end zone. Over the course of the afternoon it dips behind the luxury suites located on the west side of the stadium and eventually sets behind the suites.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on September 1st.

Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketmaster is the official ticketing site for 49ers. It is also where you can buy Verified Resale tickets. Season ticket holders may also list unused seats on SeatGeek and Stubhub so consider checking all for prices and availability.

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Early Afternoon Levi’s Stadium Event

The sun is high above the south end zone around lunchtime and advances across the afternoon sky behind the west (home) side of the field. Levi’s Stadium has a unique configuration, with a majority of luxury suites on the west side of the stadium. These suites function as a wall that blocks the sun and provides shade for most fans on this side of the stadium.

Fans in sections 132-144 will experience shade for most of the game. Those in rows closer to the field may get some sun early, but those farther from the field should be shaded for the entire game. Similarly, mezzanine sections 232-246 will be shaded, thanks to the sun-blocking luxury suites.

If you’re seeking the rays of the sun, almost every seat on the visitor’s side of the field will keep you warm. Pack sunscreen and sunglasses if you sit in sections 108-132, 209-223, or 405-418. Rows in the very back of the lower and middle decks might have a small bit of cover from the structure above, but this cover is minimal. Those in the upper deck will definitely feel the heat, as there is nothing up there to block out the sun.

By mid-afternoon seats on the west side of the stadium (right) are shaded while those on the east side of the stadium (left) and behind the end zones are still in the sun.
Photo by John Hefti/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Sun and Shade at Late Afternoon Levi’s Stadium Event

The 49ers have very few actual “night” games, so those attending a game with a late afternoon kickoff should be aware the sun will have an impact for at least a few quarters. Soccer matches and concerts typically begin before sunset as well.

Seats on the west side of the field will be shaded for the entire game. On the east side, fans will experience shade starting with those in the rows closest to the field and working backward. Seats in the upper deck will remain in the sun the longest. And as the sun begins to set fans may also find rays shining right into their eyes. Bring sunglasses if you plan to sit up there!

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