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Posted: 08/18/2014 10:05 AM

Fan collapses at 49ers game, dies 


Jeez!  I didn't hear anything about this until I read about it this morning.  That's terrible.  frown


SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A man who collapsed during the San Francisco 49ers' debut game at Levi's Stadium has died.

The Santa Clara Fire Department said stadium staff responded to a cardiac emergency during the third quarter of the 49ers' preseason opener against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.



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Posted: 08/18/2014 10:26 AM

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Gabbert has that effect on fans...

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Posted: 08/18/2014 11:06 AM

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Not even remotely funny by the way.  Poor attempt at humor when you're talking about someone dying.  ohlord
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Posted: 08/18/2014 12:20 PM

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+1   not cool ohlord

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Posted: 08/19/2014 7:52 AM

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http://www.mercurynews.com/southbayfootball/ci_26360587/49ers-fans-complain-unbearable-heat-at-levis-stadium#disqus_thread

They should look to spend money and build some sort of shade system over the next couple of years otherwise we are going to call this place: SUNSTROKE STADIUM.
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Posted: 08/19/2014 9:02 AM

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FriscoRed wrote: http://www.mercurynews.com/southbayfootball/ci_26360587/49ers-fans-complain-unbearable-heat-at-levis-stadium#disqus_thread

They should look to spend money and build some sort of shade system over the next couple of years otherwise we are going to call this place: SUNSTROKE STADIUM.

Aw, come on!  I was born & partially raised in NorCal...but spent most of my more formative years in Alabama, and then college in Mississippi.  Yall need to come down here in August, if you wanna feel some REAL oppressive heat (AND humidity)! redface
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Posted: 08/19/2014 2:28 PM

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NashvilleNiner wrote:
FriscoRed wrote: http://www.mercurynews.com/southbayfootball/ci_26360587/49ers-fans-complain-unbearable-heat-at-levis-stadium#disqus_thread

They should look to spend money and build some sort of shade system over the next couple of years otherwise we are going to call this place: SUNSTROKE STADIUM.

Aw, come on!  I was born & partially raised in NorCal...but spent most of my more formative years in Alabama, and then college in Mississippi.  Yall need to come down here in August, if you wanna feel some REAL oppressive heat (AND humidity)! redface

I'm from Mobile and in 2006, my wife and I vacationed in San Francisco. It was about 80 degrees and my wife was wearing a hoodie and I'm in a long-sleeve shirt. All the locals are falling over themselves, "man, it's hot out here!"

My wife and I just looked at each other. She pulled out her phone and looked at the temp back home. 101. One hundred and one goshdamned degrees.

With 100% humidity.

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Posted: 08/19/2014 2:38 PM

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ComicBookGeek wrote:
NashvilleNiner wrote:
FriscoRed wrote: http://www.mercurynews.com/southbayfootball/ci_26360587/49ers-fans-complain-unbearable-heat-at-levis-stadium#disqus_thread

They should look to spend money and build some sort of shade system over the next couple of years otherwise we are going to call this place: SUNSTROKE STADIUM.

Aw, come on!  I was born & partially raised in NorCal...but spent most of my more formative years in Alabama, and then college in Mississippi.  Yall need to come down here in August, if you wanna feel some REAL oppressive heat (AND humidity)! redface

I'm from Mobile and in 2006, my wife and I vacationed in San Francisco. It was about 80 degrees and my wife was wearing a hoodie and I'm in a long-sleeve shirt. All the locals are falling over themselves, "man, it's hot out here!"

My wife and I just looked at each other. She pulled out her phone and looked at the temp back home. 101. One hundred and one goshdamned degrees.

With 100% humidity.


Now, it does get pretty darn hot the further you get from the Bay...my family is from Gilroy, Hollister & San Jose.  It can get upwards of 105-110, but with very little humidity...which i would take any day over 100 degrees & 100% Humidity!
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Posted: 08/19/2014 2:55 PM

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If the Niners are suggesting that fans stay hydrated throughout the game, then they shouldn't be selling bottled water for $5.75 or whatever it is. I can get a 24 pack of 16.9oz water bottles at the supermarket for $3.00. That's right....I can buy almost 48 bottles of water for the price of one water bottle at Levi. It's almost unconscionable. I realize they allow fans to bring sealed water bottles into Levi, but still, you'd think they could bring down the price down a bit if people are calling for first aid left and right. It's a health issue.

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Posted: 08/19/2014 3:14 PM

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CDC84 wrote: If the Niners are suggesting that fans stay hydrated throughout the game, then they shouldn't be selling bottled water for $5.75 or whatever it is. I can get a 24 pack of 16.9oz water bottles at the supermarket for $3.00. That's right....I can buy almost 48 bottles of water for the price of one water bottle at Levi. It's almost unconscionable. I realize they allow fans to bring sealed water bottles into Levi, but still, you'd think they could bring down the price down a bit if people are calling for first aid left and right. It's a health issue.

Are there no drinking fountains??  I'm not very knowledgable about buildling codes in CA, but i know if you build new facility here in TN, you're required by Code to provide a certain number of D.F.'s per person...
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Posted: 08/19/2014 11:09 PM

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When you're in conditions like that, you need to sip water on a regular basis. You'd have to make a lot of trips to the water fountain during the game to get that kind of hydration.
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Posted: 08/20/2014 2:48 AM

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sad news for the individuals family. watching the game i told my wife it doesn't appear our seats get any shade for the entire time. this will only make it more upsetting to have been moved from the home to visitor side. i live in s. texas so oppressive heat and humidity is no stranger, but always enjoyed a great game on a cool day at "the stick"
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Posted: 08/20/2014 4:35 AM

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So far Levi Stadium has claimed the lives of 3 poor souls. ohlord

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Posted: 08/20/2014 10:26 AM

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Santa Clara is not San Francisco. It is a valley at sea level that gets 15-20 degrees hotter than the city. I've traveled all over the world including the deep south in summer and you never see people sitting out in the sun for three to four straight hours unless they are getting paid as a laborer or at the beach, and even they try and find shade. Hell, we fought an entire war over the fact that southerners wanted slaves and not themselves to to work the fields! wink 

And in today's world most stadiums that are in hot zones have some sort of covering or dome. We certainly don't need a dome but i've seen lots of soccer stadiums with light canvas covering (including the brand new one just down the road for the San Jose Earthquakes. Hell its the bay area make it out of hemp!

The other thing that is a problem is the club/media tower made of glass on the east side of the stadium. As the sun slowly sets in the west the sunlight is bouncing off the east side building and adding another layer of light and heat to the west side of the stadium.

Also - I personally never saw one water fountain. I am actually going back today to watch practice and give the place one more chance so I will look for them.
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Posted: 08/20/2014 11:28 AM

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FriscoRed wrote: Santa Clara is not San Francisco. It is a valley at sea level that gets 15-20 degrees hotter than the city. I've traveled all over the world including the deep south in summer and you never see people sitting out in the sun for three to four straight hours unless they are getting paid as a laborer or at the beach, and even they try and find shade. Hell, we fought an entire war over the fact that southerners wanted slaves and not themselves to to work the fields! wink 

And in today's world most stadiums that are in hot zones have some sort of covering or dome. We certainly don't need a dome but i've seen lots of soccer stadiums with light canvas covering (including the brand new one just down the road for the San Jose Earthquakes. Hell its the bay area make it out of hemp!

The other thing that is a problem is the club/media tower made of glass on the east side of the stadium. As the sun slowly sets in the west the sunlight is bouncing off the east side building and adding another layer of light and heat to the west side of the stadium.

Also - I personally never saw one water fountain. I am actually going back today to watch practice and give the place one more chance so I will look for them.

Uuuh, except for every football fan in the SEC (and most every other college stadium down here, except a frew like Tulane who plays in the Super Dome).  And trust me, people do sit out in the sun & drink beer ALL DAY (further dehydrating).

And also, the Tower is on the (south)WEST Side of the stadium which (should) in theory partially block the setting sun, since most games out there start at 1pm or later.

Obviously, ideally you want to be hyrdrating throughout the game, but drinking fountains would certainly aid in preventing a death due to dehydration in extreme cases.  You'd think there would be plenty, especially in a brand new stadium...unless its some kind of water preservation thing NOT to have them, idk.
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Posted: 08/20/2014 12:58 PM

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1. SEC - Sure, but how many of those stadiums are brand new and how many of those teams play at 12noon and not start in the late afternoon or evening?

2. The tower is on the NORTH west side of the building. If you are in it you are looking towards the east bay and Fremont. I was in the north end zone with the sun above and behind moving to our left (West), glistening off the windows of the tower.
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Posted: 08/20/2014 1:36 PM

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FriscoRed wrote: 1. SEC - Sure, but how many of those stadiums are brand new and how many of those teams play at 12noon and not start in the late afternoon or evening?

2. The tower is on the NORTH west side of the building. If you are in it you are looking towards the east bay and Fremont. I was in the north end zone with the sun above and behind moving to our left (West), glistening off the windows of the tower.

Honestly, most college football games start at 11am, or 2:30p.  Universities don't typically like night games, they worry about students drinking all day & getting rowdy.  My point was though that 100's of thousands of college football fans flock to sundrenched & humid stadiums across the Southeast (most larger & more exposed than Levi's), with little-to-no complaints.

Are you sure you were in the North endzone?  The sun would then be setting to you right, not to your left...and I'm looking at the google maps aerial right now, the big glass tower is clearly along the W-SW side of the stadium.
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Posted: 08/20/2014 4:12 PM

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Just to note:

1) The sun position in mid/early August is going to be very different from the sun position in October/November/December, so what was a potential issue at the first pre-season game may not be such an issue later in the year.

2) The heat in Santa Clara can be quite warm in the Summer, but it's not at all outside the bounds of what many people going to games sitting in stadiums have experienced all around the country. Stanford Stadium (just a short jog north) has no canopy covering over the top. It's hardly unreasonable heat to expect, and, again, it will typically be cooler in the Fall (even if the South Bay has occasional 'Indian Summers' in October). Given that the humidity index in the Bay Area is low, it's not comparison. Go watch a ball game at the new Busch Stadium in the dead of summer. Go watch NASCAR at any of the racetracks in the South. Even a game at Shea Stadium in the Summer is far less 'bearable' than this past Sunday (no, I was not at the game, but I was in the South Bay, and it was warm, but not unbearably hot).

3) There are plenty of water fountains at the Stadium. When I did my walk though a few weeks ago, I noticed them and even got a drink out of one. 

Now, I tend to agree with some that, while Levi's has some nice technological perks, etc., that it's not 'awe inspiring' like AT&T was when I first saw it. Not sure why nobody has been able to add some charm to newer NFL stadiums, the way ballparks have since Camden was built over 20 years ago, but that's a minor quibble.

I think the biggest issue will remain the traffic in and out of the stadium. I have not experienced it directly yet, but did hit a fair amount of congestion this Sunday driving back from San Jose between around Montague all the way up to Moffett. While there are highways on three sides of the stadium, each one is a fairly long way from the stadium. I think 237 is likely the closest, and it's still over a mile away (via Great America Parkway -- Zanker is even further); 101 is also a long mile + away in the other direction off of Great America Parkway, and  880 is like 5 miles away if you go straight up Tasman. 

I'll have to wait and see what the experience is like inside the stadium on gameday. The concession prices are high, but don't seem that out of line with the rest of concession prices in the Bay Area. Obviously, if you go to a smaller venue for a lesser product, the prices will be lower, but at AT&T, Oracle, and even HP, these costs don't seem totally totally out of scope.
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Posted: 08/20/2014 10:55 PM

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hey fellas I've got a question about this.

I'm from Texas or as we call it, "The Great State of Texas" biggrin (don't hate us for taking pride in our state please)

but anyway, I saw the game on NFL Network and around game time, they said the temperature was about 78 degrees then as the game went on, they said it was getting really hot (don't know what the temperature got to as the game went on), but here's my question.

In Texas, mid-low 80s is beautiful weather, so it kinda shocked me to hear this man passed away due to the conditions.

Do you guys in California, or anybody who went to the game, experience a different kind of heat than we do in Texas?

Just to give you all some perspective, this last week alone, 10pm at night, it was 102, no lie, and it beautiful too. So the 80 degrees baffles me.

just wanted to learn about this, that's all.

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Posted: 08/21/2014 9:46 AM

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80 degrees is not 'hot' (not in my book, anyway). It's very warm, and spending several hours out in that sun would mean that you don't want to be wearing anything thick or log sleeved, but out here, there's usually very little humidity, so there isn't torrential perspiration involved with the heat. 

I think the larger issue is that people out here (especially 49er fans that are accustomed to the winds and chill of Candlestick), simply are not acclimated/prepared to sit in that type of heat. They probably weren't well hydrated; perhaps were over-dressed, and didn't bring any hats or anything else to shade them from the heat a bit. 

I really can't comment on how hot it 'felt' in the stadium, because I haven't sat through a game yet. I've been at Stanford Stadium on a day that it was well over 80 degrees, though, and had no issues with the heat. Stanford Stadium doesn't have a giant wall of reflective glass on one side of the stadium, but, otherwise, it's probably not that dissimilar from Levi's in terms of local climate.

I've been at a ball game at Busch Stadium, when it was 85 degrees out, with a humidity index making it feel like 95 degrees. That was not entirely pleasant, as you couldn't help but feel like you were in a sauna for three hours with your clothes on by the end of the game. I was told that was a milder day in terms of the worst temperature they have in the summer. 

Arizona heat is hot, but dry. What I remember of Texas heat (I've purposely avoided Texas in the dead of summer for the most part, but I did happen to be in Arlington once on a day it was 104 outside, with a surprisingly high 60% humidity), is that.. well.. there's a reason most of the stadiums in Texas are domed or partially covered. Yikes.

Anyhow, it won't be 80 degrees for every 49er home game. I think, come November, 49er fans will be happy that it's quite temperate at the stadium, versus the chill and cold that seemed inevitable at Candlestick. Then again, I did enjoy bundling up and having a little hot buttered rum out at a tailgate before those cooler games towards winter; I'll miss that.
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