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City sets new parking rules for Levi's Stadium 49ers games

Original post made on Aug 24, 2015

It's still the preseason for 49ers' fans, but Mountain View city officials are already getting their game face on. In particular, the city is bracing for the possibility that hundreds of football fans will leave their cars in downtown Mountain View as they head to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 24, 2015, 1:06 PM

Comments (19)

Posted by NW Resident
a resident of North Whisman
on Aug 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm

The paid parking lot is actually between Hope and View Streets with an entrance and exit on Dana Street, as well as the Hope Stret side.

Posted by Mark
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm

Just corrected that typo. Thanks for catching that!

Posted by Encourage Business?
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 24, 2015 at 4:52 pm

I am baffled at the heavy handed approach taken by the city regarding Levi's Stadium Events. Would it not be a much more productive and significantly cheaper approach to not waste the money on the 1,000 word signs that become unreadable? Instead allow free parking but have volunteers from the Chamber of Commerce or even Min Wage paid teams handing out Game Day Coupons to downtown businesses at the Train and Light Rail Stations? Allow the restaurants to setup a quick "Taste of Mt View type booth on the plaza to give a small taste of what they could eat downtown after or before the event? Then here is a crazy idea, advertise that Mountain View welcomes Stadium Guests for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner and shopping each and every event day? Make the coupons worth it, but try to tap the revenue from these guests instead of anger tham?

Just a thought..........

Posted by George
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 24, 2015 at 6:46 pm

I agree with the above (encourage business).... Jeeze.... let them park where they want..Encourage them to stay for dinner...

Let the "locals" come to town after the game...

Why to go "City Leaders"..give us some more govt. control...

Posted by Mary
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 24, 2015 at 8:54 pm

It's City Council members that made this decision not City workers.

Posted by Giants Fan
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 25, 2015 at 7:14 am

Why penalize the residents of Mountain View w this silly program. As they saw last year, the program lost money . Penalized non niner fans that wanted to go downtown and watch a Giants game and spend money.

Posted by Enough
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Aug 25, 2015 at 11:03 am

Again...a solution seeking a problem. Sunday mid-day/afternoon is probably the quietest time in town. Encourage the use the public transit, with a potential dinner in MV.

Besides, most people going to 49'er games aren't going to drive all the way from SF/San Mateo/Santa Rosa only to park in MV and then deal with a slow and crowded light rail.

Let it be. Work on a parking solution for Thursdays at 7pm.

Posted by Resident
a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm

The parking program is applicable to all ten 2015-16 home game dates: seven Sundays, two Thursday night and one Monday night game.

The city now has a better grasp of the downtown MV parking demands from game attendees with the full initial pilot program complete. Hence they have reduced the number of paid parking lots from four to one and will continue enforcing the three-hour limit in the Old Mountain View, Jackson Park, and Willowgate neighborhoods, so game attendees aren't inconveniencing residents and visitors by leaving their vehicles unattended for 5-6 hours in residential neighborhoods or city lots intended for patrons of downtown businesses.

I think this is a reasonable change to the parking program and allows for downtown businesses to welcome local visitors who do want to shop/eat/conduct business downtown for a couple of hours.

Posted by Retiring Early
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 25, 2015 at 11:22 pm

I don't know when football games are played, but I expect that I'll be brutally fined if I ever park my car downtown. I don't need the grief so I'll just avoid downtown for another year. Downtown Palo Alto is nice.

Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2015 at 5:37 pm

The dates are listed on the city's Levi's Stadium parking web page (hyperlinked above): Web Link

Since it appears you didn't notice, the dates are also listed on the metal parking street signs in the affected areas. They were there this past season, they will be there this season. You could take a photo of one of those if you don't want to commit the dates to memory or if you don't want to add the dates in your calendar.

I agree that downtown Palo Alto is nice and I prefer going there via Caltrain myself. That said, Mountain View has a more diverse selection of cuisines from which to choose, and some more bargain-priced restaurants to boot.

Posted by That Wasn't A Scam?
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 27, 2015 at 11:05 am

> leave their cars at a parking lot between Hope and View streets for a fee of $10.

Wow, I "attendants" working this parking lot last weekend, complete with reflective safety vests and rickety camping chairs...

I was sure it was homeless guys coordinating a scam. I was impressed.

Now that I know the scam is being coordinated by City Council members, I'm less impressed.

Posted by Giants Fan
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 27, 2015 at 3:42 pm

This program is a complete waste of time and money. The only people who would bother to come downtown are mostly MV residents. Maybe some LA residents. Otherwise why would anyone from PA or a nearby town come to MV. They can catch light rail and caltrain at easier spots

Posted by Retiring Early
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 28, 2015 at 2:47 am

Reader, thank you for the helpful guidance. I appreciate your good intentions.

Going a bit deeper, I resent the city's imposition of a gratuitous vigilance task that I must worry about every time I visit downtown. My simple, 100% effective solution to avoid parking tickets is to avoid downtown, as if parking there was illegal 24/7/365. I've suffered enough grief in my life from belligerent parking enforcement in Oakland and San Francisco.

Did you know that the City of Oakland didn't even bother updating the street signs when they changed the meter enforcement cutoff from 8 PM to 6 PM? I feel like the same predatory sentiments are at work here.

Merchants take note: I will shop and dine elsewhere.

Posted by Not that dramatic
a resident of Bailey Park
on Aug 28, 2015 at 8:43 am

Meh, I've never once got a ticket in all my years parking in MV. SF and Oakland are ENTIRELY different in many many ways.
It's pretty simple really. When in doubt, I walk an extra block or two.
It really doesn't worry me at fry pan is ready for.bigger fish.

Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on Aug 28, 2015 at 6:04 pm

@Retiring Early:

Thank you for freeing up one parking spot downtown. I'm sure many readers here appreciate your goodwill gesture.

Enjoy the drive to Palo Alto and the parking situation there!

Posted by Susanne
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 29, 2015 at 9:23 am

I have changed my direction from my home town to Sunnyvale its a real easy drive on Evelyn street. I shop Safeway on Bernardo for food and pharmacy needs. Target is bigger and some under cover parking all free. On Murphy Street there are some great food places and Lucky market on Matilda is a friendly store. Try it and go south and gas is a great buy in Sunnyvale and they have a Sat morning farmers market.

Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Get a game schedule for days and times so you can plan. These parking lots were built for commuters or shoppers. Games are played Sunday and the 49ers are working on more parking lots so in time less and less cars will use the lots.

Posted by Paly Parent
a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2015 at 6:17 pm

Yes, you don't even need to consult the city's website for the Levi's home game schedule. Any major sports site will have this information: Yahoo Sports, ESPN, Sports Illustrated,, the 49ers' website, etc.

Plus the local media makes frequent references to Niner home games anyhow. You basically have to have your head in the sand to not know that there's a home game being played in the upcoming weekend.

Posted by Retiring Early is right
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 31, 2015 at 12:50 pm

I'm in favor of the program, but I want to point out that Retiring Early is right. It adds a level of stress and planning that makes a trip to Mountain View more complicated, regardless of the day/time. It's not explicit in the information whether other events are still covered like they were before. So now I'm still worrying about whether Taylor Swift might be coming, or a monster truck show or some other random event. So now 24/7/365 my approach to MV parking is to have a giant red flag of caution on it.

Yes, for those of us that are online all the time, read The Voice, and follow changes to city policy, this is a no brainer. But to the majority of people, parking restrictions will come as unpleasant surprises that they didn't plan on it.

As I resident I support it, but I definitely agree that it's a mental tax on visitors 365 days a year.

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