VIP 49ers Game Experience at Levi’s
We are excited to announce our very first 49ers exclusive sports event at the new Levi’s Stadium.
On Sunday, December 17th, the 49ers are hosting us for a special private event for HBS Association of Northern California and Harvard Club of San Francisco members-only.
Al Guido, President of the 49ers, is giving a pre-game talk at 10am in the 49ers Museum inside Levi's Stadium. Then we'll enjoy a tailgate with beer, wine, and all-inclusive food (includes hot breakfast bar, carving station, seafood, pizza, pasta, grill, and dessert). The 1:25pm game will be in lower level seats against the Tennessee Titans. This is a family-friendly event as well as all HBSA/NC and HCSF alumni.
$155 for HBSA/NC and Harvard Club members
$155 for member's guests
$175 for non-members
$135 for each child (members or non-members - we like kids!)
Parking is not included.
Al Guido, President, San Francisco 49ers — 11th NFL Season; 4th with 49ers
Al Guido was named President of the San Francisco 49ers on February 15, 2016. Guido oversees all key business initiatives for the team. Prior to being named President, Guido served as the team’s chief operating officer from 2014 to 2016. Under his direction, the construction and year-one operations of Levi’s Stadium exceeded all projections – finishing under budget on construction, with lower public debt than expected, delivering $2.8 million to the City of Santa Clara general fund from non-event revenue in just the first eight months of operations, and fully funding reserve cash balances for the Santa Clara Stadium Authority.
Levi’s Stadium has proven itself as a 360 degree entertainment venue in its first two years under Guido’s leadership. The venue has hosted Super Bowl 50, Wrestlemania 31, Major League Soccer, multiple Pac-12 Championship Football games, International Soccer giants Manchester United and Barcelona, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Grateful Dead, and NHL Outdoor Classic. This summer the stadium will play host to the largest soccer tournament on U.S. soil since the World Cup with the Copa America Centenario and will host the prestigious College Football National Championship Game, in 2019.
Guido led the sales team that made the stadium a reality, highlighted by the record-setting Stadium Builders License sales campaign for the stadium’s seats and suites that generated nearly half of the $1.2 billion construction cost of the stadium. The team has signed more than a dozen partners investing seven-figures annually for 10 years, including Levi’s Stadium naming rights at $220 million, with more than $650 million in corporate partnership investment.
Creating a technologically enhanced game day experience that is influencing sports venues across North America and around the world, the strategy for Levi’s Stadium developed by Guido and the 49ers executive management team has already garnered international recognition, most notably the Sports Business Journal 2015 Sports Facility of the Year and Venue of the Year at the 2015 Stadium Business Awards in Barcelona, Spain.
Prior to being elevated to his former role as chief operating officer in 2014, Guido worked on behalf of the 49ers and the Santa Clara Stadium Authority as the senior vice president of global sales for Legends beginning in 2010. In that capacity, he led a suite and SBL sales initiative for Levi’s Stadium that achieved record-setting results by totaling more than $530 million.
Before joining Legends, Guido served as sales manager for the Dallas Cowboys. In that role, he managed the premium seat department for Cowboys Stadium (now AT&T Stadium) that broke industry records for PSL sales totaling over $600 million.
Guido joined the Cowboys after having served as the senior director of ticket sales for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League. During his term, the Coyotes achieved the first revenue increases in the 10-year history of the franchise and finished in the top five in the NHL for new business sales.
A native of Washington Township, NJ, Guido began his career in the sports and entertainment industry with Comcast-Spectacor, owner and operator of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers, AHL’s Philadelphia Phantoms, Comcast SportsNet and the Wachovia Complex. Guido later served as director of business development for the Lakewood Blueclaws (a minor-league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies).
A Board Member of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley, a contributor to the Navy Seal Foundation, Board Member of the Coach K/Fuqua School of Business, and serving on the Advisory Board at the San Jose State Institute for Study of Sport, Society & Social Change, and the Advisory Council at the Positive Coaching Alliance, Guido received his bachelor of business administration from the College of New Jersey, where he played wide receiver for the school’s football program. In 2016, Guido was named to the Forty Under 40 list by both the Sports Business Journal and the San Francisco Business Times, for demonstrating industry excellence and innovation early in his career. He and his wife, Thea, have three daughters, Estella, Sloane and Tatum.
About our events from the organizer, Sean Jacobsohn
For the past several years we have hosted exclusive events with the Warriors, Giants, Earthquakes, A's, Sharks, 49ers, and Raiders. I am a venture capitalist at Norwest Venture Partners focusing on business software, but started my career in the sports industry. While at HBS, I worked for the NFL and Major League Baseball and then also began organizing events for both sports beginners and old sports fans. It was during this time that I realized the power of the sports industry from a business standpoint, but from a social perspective as well. My events have included dyed-in-the wool sports fans, but also those who are interested in visionary leadership, crowd-watching or simply spending time with a dynamic group of people and making lasting friendships here in the Bay Area. Today, we host about six events each year. Our group of HBS alumni and their friends and family from across the world, have made a positive impression on the teams. Each season, we are welcomed back and get to enjoy a collegial friendship that would not be available to us otherwise. Many consider our group a highlight of the being an HBS alumnus here in the Bay Area. If you haven't attended our events in the past, we hope you do this sometime soon. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add you to our email list to give you early access to sign-up for upcoming sports events prior to promotion.
Quotes from past attendees:
"These are my favorite HBS alumni events. Meeting sports team execs is like an active HBS case study, and I get to have a great time with alumni in a casual setting. For example, I learned the true story about the Oakland A's effort to build a new stadium. Then, there was witnessing Warriors as they were building a championship team and business machine. It's fun doing this while bringing a family member, friend or business contact."
"A truly memorable experience for several reasons - not only was I able to connect with HBS alumni from several decades at a networking event that felt like anything but that - it also gave me an opportunity to bring friends who share my love of sports and business." (Dileepan Siva)
"Sports-related events organized by HBSANC are unique, can't miss experiences which bring you up close and personal with the executives who run local sports franchises and provide the full luxury box treatment."
"We had a wonderful time at the HBS event at the Giants game at AT&T park. It was great to catch up with HBS friends, make some new ones, and get some "behind the scenes scoop" from the Giants' GM and management team. All around, it was a great evening."
"I find the quality of the HBS sports events to be top notch. They are always well-run, valuable and fun. It is great to have the networking and the insider perspective from a speaker while watching one of our beloved Bay Area teams play."
"The HBSNC Sports Events prove why the HBS MBA is so valuable. They offer an incredible opportunity that isn't available elsewhere to hear directly from the management of the teams. The HBSNC Sports Events are a highlight of my year. Attendees receive unparalleled access to the management of the teams while also getting to catch up with lifelong friends."
Sean Jacobsohn HBS 1998, John Tortora (COO of San Jose Sharks and Harvard Law graduate), Kristen Badgley HBS 1998 and HBSA/NC Chair. At the Sharks game on January 23, 2016
Sean Jacobsohn HBS 1998, AJ Gandhi HBS 1998, Dave Dykeman, Izabella Zhu Harvard MPA. At the Kings game against the Warriors on January 9, 2016
Jeff David (Chief Revenue Officer of Sacramento Kings), Chris Granger (President and COO of Sacramento Kings), Sean Jacobsohn HBS 1998, Larry Kelley (owner of Sacramento Kings and HBS 1971). At the Kings game against the Warriors on January 9, 2016
Brandon Farwell HBS 2014, Jim Leahey HBS 1993, Sean Jacobsohn HBS 1998, Rajiv Parikh HBS 1997
Guest, Jeff Buckland HBS 1998, John Tortora (COO of the Sharks), Sean Jacobsohn HBS 1998, Rajiv Parikh HBS 1997, and Brandon Farwell HBS 2014
Anthony Boohoo HBS 1999, Sean Jacobsohn HBS 1998, Jeffrey Leonard (former Giants' All-Star), Robert Mittendorff HBS 2003
Sean Jacobsohn HBS 1998 and Sunish Oturkar HBS 2013