December 9, 2023


Arts Eternal

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

Wander the halls of Levi’s Stadium, and you will come across all the predicted sights: branded swag at the staff keep, peach cobblers and poke nachos at the concession booths, a fleeting glimpse of Sourdough Sam, possibly — and paintings.

Joe Montana passes to Jerry Rice in entire canvas glory — painted by Bart Forbes — in one particular corridor. Three lovers cheer from the bed of a pickup truck in a triptych by artist Ben Alexy. And down by the luxury suites, you’ll locate a gorgeous ultimate flyby more than Candlestick Park by Tom Mosser.

Katrina Lamoureux, an intern with the San Francisco 49ers, appears to be at a painting of Joe Montana by Bart Forbes, a single of the items from the “Sports and Arts” collection hanging at Levi’s Stadium. (Karl Mondon/Bay Space Information Team) 

That intersection of soccer and fine arts will come courtesy of Sports and the Arts founder Tracie Speca-Ventura, who first noticed the prospects as a teen, strolling into a Southern California artwork gallery for the first time.

“It was a athletics/arts gallery — only one of its sort — and something in me just clicked,” she states.

It was the winter of 1989, and the college student athlete at Cal Condition Northridge experienced just landed her initial arts-similar occupation at the gallery in Sherman Oaks.