The Santa Clara Hyatt makes for both a good overnight stay and a post-game waiting spot till traffic clears.

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The Santa Clara Hyatt makes for both a good overnight stay and a post-game waiting spot till traffic clears.

Vibrant Santa Clara

The dynamic growth of the high-tech industry in Santa Clara has spilled over into hotels, airports, universities, and a new football stadium. Some of this is new, but most is a renewal of the kind most communities would die for. On my recent visit we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara with a view of Levi’s Stadium and downtown San Jose in the distance.

The Stadium

Santa Clara is as much the capital of the Silicon Valley as any of the adjoining cities that make up this mecca of high tech. It is now also home to the San Francisco 49ers with their $1.2 billion venue, Levi’s Stadium. I recently had a chance to take in a game there at the Foster Farms Bowl between Stanford and Maryland.

Modern stadiums like this one are worlds apart from their ancient predecessors like Candlestick Park and the L.A. Coliseum. Many of the seats are cushioned, and then there is the club level seating. This area is like watching the game at your favorite restaurant. Outdoor seats flow into multilevel glass bar/restaurant areas with no waiting for your favorite beverage or food item. Of course the game is on large TVs everywhere so you will never miss a play. This is not the beer and hot dog crowd. More like pinot noir and exotic chicken entrée or even sushi crowd.

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Poolside at Santa Clara Hyatt

The Hotel

The Hyatt Regency Santa Clara looks out to Levi’s Stadium, which is not more than a five-minute walk away. The hotel has been upgraded to complement the new stadium, and both the business and leisure traveler will be satisfied. Hyatt Regency bedding is extremely comfortable, and the rooms have every modern touch you could think of, including work stations that run the length of the window space, allowing for great vistas while you catch up on your computer.

The Evolution Bar and Grill in the lobby area is very popular before and after games as fans congregate to enjoy a pregame/postgame libation or meal while waiting out the traffic. Even if you don’t stay overnight, the Hyatt is a great postgame spot as the outflow from a big event can take a couple of hours to sort out. The Fitness Center and pool area offer a nice oasis, too, from the busy city life.

The Santa Clara Golf Club is just behind the hotel and across the street from the stadium in case you get the urge for a round of golf. This property could be a good place to launch from on any trip to the Bay Area. Check out for complete details.

The University

Santa Clara University has lived in the shadows of Stanford for a long time. Today it is carving its own place among the best universities in the U.S. Much of the hierarchy of the California Democratic Party went to school here, including both Governor Jerry Brown and his father Pat Brown, former CIA director Leon Panetta, former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, and former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers.

The university has spent untold millions updating the campus, and it looks quite similar to Stanford except that it is brand new. Lushly landscaped gardens give way to classic Spanish architecture throughout the school. The library is out of this world with its modern state-of-the-art touches. The sports facilities are also brand new. Look for these programs to be elevating in the years to come; this school will grow in stature.

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