The San Francisco 49ers are cleaning house for the move to Santa Clara. But it’s the long time season ticket holders, many back to the Kezar Stadium days who are being kicked to the side. 49er season ticket holders were recently sent renewal forms with the dramatic price increases for the new Platinum, Gold and the leather backed seats in the new “Club” section.
It was just a few years ago when all the tickets at Candlestick Park had the same price, $60 each. But now the 49ers want to “modernize its season-ticket structure to get it more with the rest of the NFL”. That’s the new corporate name given to the dramatic raising of prices, “modernize”.
To the fans, they’ve been jacked up.
Last years $99 seats are now $149 each, a 50% increase. But when the season ticket holders dump their seats as the 49ers are hoping, then the general public gets a shot at that seat, for $179 each, and that’s before Ticketmaster’s service charges. The 49er season ticket prices were jacked up, not modernized!
And those may be some of the lucky ones.
For a few lucky 49er season ticket holders in the box seats, their season ticket invoice went from $5475 to $19,000! Because the 49ers are converting them to “Club Seats”, leather backed seats with food, drink and a pregame field pass. And the fans are pissed off according to the MercuryNews.com and many will give up their 49er season ticket this year.
Why are they doing this the fans are asking, especially in this economy and when the 49ers haven’t had a winning season since 2002? Well they’re cleaning house. First they need to clear out some premium seats to the developers, banks, politicians, etc that they owe for helping put up a stadium in Santa Clara and currently all of the best seats are taken. By jacking up the fans now, they will have seats for the high rollers, and much more revenue from the new fans. Not only that but this willl better prepare the 49er season ticket holders that remain for the dreaded PSL’s.
And that’s when the fans will really feel jacked up.
So if you’re looking for San Francisco 49er tickets this year, check with a 49er ticket broker, because the resell market for those 49er tickets may be much less than the face value, unless they can pull out a miracle winning season. This may be the last season for many of the 49er faithful, who never would have dreamed it would turn out this way back in the Kezar days.