Santa Clara lies about forty-five minutes from San Francisco. It’s Levi’s Stadium, ground broken in 2011, and completed in 2014 is the site of this year’s Super Bowl. Super Bowl 50 will be held next Sunday, February 7th between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Having friends in both places, I’m at an impasse as to who to cheer on, although the Panthers are in the lead according to my childhood panther, Harvey whose growling can be heard from the living room sofa. As if there was a question, ha!
Santa Clara was incorporated in 1852 after being founded in 1777. Its patron, St. Clare was honored by naming the eighth mission in the California’s 21 Missions. Santa Clara University was built around it and currently contains the mission house and the gardens. The mission, Mission Santa Clara de Asis is currently the chapel at Santa Clara University, originally formed by the Society of Jesus as Santa Clara College, the first higher learning institution in California.
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Visitors Bureau for ideas on what to see and where to go while you’re in the Bay Area. If that isn’t enough, check out 50 Things to Do in Santa Clara.
The city is also home to several Silicon Valley businesses as well as the Levi’s Stadium being the home to the San Francisco 49ers, possibly to be joined by the Oakland Raiders in the next football season.
Levi’s Stadium, tagline Field of Jeans (oh, how I love a good pun) is obviously named for the iconic, Levi Strauss Company. Their about page on their company website details their history which fits in with how we think of American ingenuity and innovation.