Local sports culture improves in Santa Clara

Sports enthusiasts may find the perfect fan base to join in Santa Clara. The sunny California city is home to the new San Francisco 49ers' stadium. Real estate in Santa Clara near the structure may gain a boost in value due to the premium location and the number of businesses that are scheduled to move into the area.

Living in the neighborhoods by the new stadium could benefit football fans who make it a point to attend multiple games a season or enjoy the camaraderie of watching a game surrounded by fellow fans in a bar or restaurant.

College bowl hosted at San Francisco 49ers' new Santa Clara stadium
While the San Francisco 49ers' new Santa Clara stadium may still be under construction for the National Football League, owners are not letting that stop them from renting out the space to a post-season college bowl event in 2014. The Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal reports that the venue, which cost $1.2 billion to build, will host the 2014 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. The event is for the best teams in the PAC-12 division and the U.S. Naval Academy.

The college bowl game is typically held at AT&T Park - home field for Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants. According to the news source, the event generates about $130 million in revenue each year.

Current predictions claim that the stadium will be ready to open during the fall of 2014 for the NFL season. The venue contains approximately 68,500 seats.

New stadium boasts impressive features
The new stadium will feature pedestrian plazas, commercial community space, a 49ers team store and a 49ers Hall of Fame. According to the stadium website, the structure is functionally designed so that it may be used for a variety of professional and college sporting events, including football, soccer, motocross, concerts and civic events.

Located near several main highways including Interstate 101, 237, 880, Lawrence Expressway and San Thomas Expressway anyone trying to get to and from the stadium will find themselves able to easily access multiple options. There are more than 21,000 parking spaces located within easy walking distance of the park. In addition, the stadium is accessible by the VTA light rail, ACE trains and Amtrak.