Levi’s Stadium is more than football — it’s an art showcase


Wander the halls of Levi’s Stadium, and you’ll encounter all the expected sights: branded swag at the team store, peach cobblers and poke nachos at the concession booths, a fleeting glimpse of Sourdough Sam, perhaps — and paintings.

Joe Montana passes to Jerry Rice in full canvas glory — painted by Bart Forbes — in one corridor. Three fans cheer from the bed of a pickup truck in a triptych by artist Ben Alexy. And down by the luxury suites, you’ll find a stunning final flyby over Candlestick Park by Tom Mosser.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - JULY 20: Katrina Lamoureux, an intern with the San Francisco 49ers, looks at a painting of Joe Montana by Bart Forbes, one of the pieces from the "Sports and Arts" collection hanging at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Wednesday, July 20, 2022. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Katrina Lamoureux, an intern with the San Francisco 49ers, looks at a painting of Joe Montana by Bart Forbes, one of the pieces from the “Sports and Arts” collection hanging at Levi’s Stadium. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

That intersection of football and fine arts comes courtesy of Sports and the Arts founder Tracie Speca-Ventura, who first saw the possibilities as a teenager, walking into a Southern California art gallery for the first time.

“It was a sports/arts gallery — only one of its kind — and something in me just clicked,” she says.

It was the winter of 1989, and the student athlete at Cal State Northridge had just landed her first arts-related job at the gallery in Sherman Oaks.



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