49ers Season Tickets Will Require $30K Fee

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Back in those days, $30,000 could probably buy a ticket for you and about 10,000 friends
The NFL is a hell of a business. Niners fans, paying an exorbitant amount for season tickets, will now be required to plink down tens of thousands of dollars in order to have the privilege of paying even more for tickets in the 49ers yet-to-be-constructed stadium.

Fans sitting in the "club level" seats at Candlestick have been sent a letter by the franchise informing them that, should they wish to have similarly excellent seats in the team's Santa Clara stadium it's gonna cost them. In order to obtain top-notch season tickets, first fans must buy a "Stadium Builders License" -- essentially a Personal Seat License -- for $20,000 or $30,000. The future stadium's very best seats will require an $80,000 "SBL."

"Club level" seats comprise 13 percent of Candlestick Park; the seats requiring an $80,000 buy-in are touted as the best 1 percent in the future Santa Clara edifice (insert your joke about "the 1 percent" right here).

The vast majority of season ticket-holders -- those in "reserve seating" -- haven't yet gotten their letter informing them how much it will cost to continue the status quo when the Niners suit up on the Peninsula in 2015. But history can be of aid here.

The Dallas Cowboys new stadium in Arlington -- which, Arlington residents are very quick to tell you, is not Dallas -- cost more than $1 billion. So will the 49ers stadium. SBLs for Cowboys Stadium cost $35,000, $50,000, and $150,000 for premium seats. SBLs for their equivalent of "reserve seating" could be had for as little as $4,000

The team declined to even give ballpark figures for what it'll cost to get modest seats at the new ballpark. So we won't know until summer, at the soonest. Niners season ticket-holders, however, tell us the team intimated local fans would be paying on par with the rates for the Giants and Jets new stadium in New Jersey. 

Fans in the club section have until March 16 to decide if it's worth the hefty investment to hold on to their seats. Depending on how the team does tomorrow, a good deal more may opt to take the very expensive plunge.

Season ticket-holder Sean Greenwood said he's looking at having to pay $150 per ticket at the future stadium -- a hefty increase from his current $100-per-game outlay. What's more, glancing at the PSL prices for The New Meadowlands in New Jersey, he figures he could have to lay down some $7,000 in order to have the right to start paying more for tickets. He'll pass. "I say no," he notes. "We'll probably not be season ticket-holders until the PSLs go away. Which they always do."

One longtime season ticket-holder -- he was sitting in the end zone where Dwight Clark made The Catch in '81 -- told us he was on the fence. He'd be facing an SBL of $20,000 or $30,000 and his per-ticket prices of $180 would roughly double. "It's ridiculous," he admitted. "But they have a monopoly."

The following is the letter sent
last week to fans:

Hi XXX,

Thank you for your continued support of the San Francisco 49ers. We hope that you have received more detailed information in the mail regarding your opportunity to purchase a Stadium Builders License (SBL) and season tickets at the new Santa Clara Stadium.

Please review these materials carefully and schedule your one-on-one appointment with your personal sales consultant at our Preview Center. Upon entering the site, please enter your unique passcode XXXXXXX and the preferred email in which you wish to receive your appointment confirmation.

During your appointment, you will have a generous amount of time to ask questions and learn about the exciting opportunities at the new stadium. Those who respond quickly are likely to benefit from early scheduling so make sure to book your appointment today!

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact your personal sales consultant, Ron Hecht at 408-579-4444 or rhecht@scstadium.com.

Thank you again for your support. We look forward to meeting you soon.

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9erfaithful
9erfaithful

My 82 year old father has been a season ticket holder since the Keysar days and cannot afford the licensing fee!  These old time FAITHFUL fans have plunked down their cash year after year for season tickets and playoff tickets (sometimes months in advance).  Often if the niners did not make it to the second playoff game, the 49ers would "hold" the money and credit the following season, but would still ask for half the season ticket amount by March!  THESE FAITHFUL helped build this franchise!  I think this is pathetic, and shows no class at all!   YOU ARE GOUGING your faithful 49ers....$9ers is more like it!   Sad.

Cmann4896
Cmann4896

I am not holding my breath on being happy when my appointment comes with the 49ers regarding my season tickets in a future stadium.  The PSL fees will be easy for the '1%' to pay, but how about us regular folk the '99%'?  The seat I sat in this past Sat to witness the 'Catch III' is the same one I sat in to witness the 'Catch I', Montana 2 Clark.  My late father had these seats pre-Montana.  I really don't see how I'm going to be able ever see another game in person in the new stadium.  It will be cheaper to invest in, upgrade my television. Oh well, I will enjoy the moments left.

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Peter Simmons
Peter Simmons

If you pay that much for a seat, STUPID should  be tattooed on your for head. That way the one percent could identify the idiots easier.

bb059
bb059

Sadly PSL's will not go away if average longtime loyal fans decide enough is enough....corporations and busineses will take up the slack, gladly "investing" the 5-6 figure PSL cost as and deducing it as a cost of doing business. The Super Bowl has been a corporate event for years....very loyal local season ticket holders make it to the show...

Guest
Guest

20 0r 30 K for really nothing.  I would rather buy a single ticket to see a game. 

Howdycb
Howdycb

OK I'm making the numbers up just to get a rough estimate, so here goes ...

Assume a cost of 1.5 Billion for a stadium to hold 66,000 people

$80,000  x   1000 seat holders  = 80 Million Dollars ... that'll pay for 0.04 stadium

$30,000  x   15,000 seat holders = 450 Million Dollars  ... that'll pay for 0.3  stadium

$4000  x  50,000 seat holders = 200 Million Dollar  ... that'll pay for 0.13 stadium ...

47% of the stadium cost recouped before any game is played ...

Rickey Bussey
Rickey Bussey

The NFL is pricing the hardcore fans out! Ridiculous!

Raptor
Raptor

They do this so corporations but up the seats. After all, who really has money to burn? A company could hire another entry level employee or simply burn that cash on the right to buy Niners tickets. Easy decision.

Nigeroid
Nigeroid

If I was a "PUNK" that reveled in the ATHLETIC prowess of a PACK of NIGEROID MONKEYS I would PAY ANYTHING to VIEW these MONKEYS RUN and JUMP !!!

Since I am NOT a RACE MIXING PUNK I will PASS on the CHANCE to PARTICIPATE in this GLORIFICATION of NIGEROID CHIMPS!!!!

S.O.B.
S.O.B.

 You have really got a huge problem 'roid.

Bee
Bee

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Gregory Fiege
Gregory Fiege

I would guess that the 49ers are looking forward to have blackouts similar to Tampa, San Diego & Buffalo...

Billy Kimble
Billy Kimble

If you want to pay what many people in 3rd world countries won't make over their entire lifetime, to see an up close and personal look of a bunch of men stroking and wrestling each other over a ball, for just 1 season,  I guess that is your right. You should question your character, though.

mcquaidLA
mcquaidLA

So the taxpayers are asked to help finance these behemoth structures, but can't afford to use them. Great.

Jay
Jay

 "We'll probably not be season ticket-holders until the PSLs go away. Which they always do."   Really? That's an interesting statistic. The only team I know of that did away with PSL's were the Raiders because it was set up as a 10 year renewal. They didn't bring them back after that.  I don't know of a single other team that refunded money, or gotten rid of PSL's.  

DengHoo
DengHoo

lol, who in their right mind would pay that kinda money to watch a bunch of overpaid, grown men run around in tights chasing a stupid ball? I jsut dont get it.

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mwwhughes
mwwhughes

Good for you, Sean Greenwood. If the fans refuse to pay, the PSL will go away!

49er fans need to show the world that they are not idiots. They are asked to help pay for the stadium, then to pay outrageous amounts of money fro the right to buy tickets that will continue to go up in price. If the team wants people to help finance the stadium, then they should pay interest or dividends on the investment. 

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