Want to grab a seat in the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara? Be prepared to pay a new fee of at least $2,000 to reserve your spot -- then another $85 minimum for each game.
Tickets go on sale Monday and many will be double the price of a similar seat at Candlestick Park, but some will actually be cheaper.
The Niners on Friday released the prices for more than 50,000 reserved seats in the upper deck, end zones and top of the lower bowl at the stadium, which is set to open in 2014. The primo club seats and suites that fill out the rest of the 68,500-seat home field went on sale earlier.
Unlike Candlestick, purchasing season tickets at the new stadium will require a one-time "license fee" ranging from $2,000 to $12,000 to essentially buy a particular seat. On top of that, fans then need to buy season tickets every year for that seat, ranging from $850 to $2,000 a year.
Some middle-class longtime 49ers fans have complained of being priced out of the new stadium and have lamented losing season tickets that in many cases have been in their families for generations. But Santa Clara officials say they need the seat fees as a primary way of funding the $1.2 billion stadium, while the 49ers argue the new field will offer a much better experience than Candlestick, making the prices an equal or better value to what fans get now.
"There are certainly sections that have an increase from a ticket standpoint over Candlestick,"
For a family of four, seats in the nosebleeds will cost $8,000 in one-time fees, which can be paid back over a decade, plus $3,400 each year for tickets to all eight regular season games and the two preseason exhibitions. A foursome of nosebleed seats at Candlestick costs $1,160 to $1,560 for next season.
"That's absurd. Just as a fan, I'm tired of being priced out of where I'm sitting," said Greg Colburn, of San Jose, a current 49ers season-ticket holder in the nosebleeds. "Oh, well. The best place is on my couch in front of a brand-new TV."
For a view near the 35-yard line in the new stadium, there are a couple thousand seats that cost $12,000 to claim and $2,000 a season. The most expensive reserved seats at Candlestick are $1,290.
The 49ers argue the new stadium will have much better sightlines and amenities than Candlestick, including wider concourses, double the number of bathrooms, more concessions, cooler video scoreboards and quicker exits to the freeway. The Santa Clara stadium will have an NFL-high two-thirds of its seats in the lower bowl, compared with just half at Candlestick.
Compared with the other new stadiums around the NFL, it fits in the middle of the pricing range. In fact, a 50-yard-line seat in the bottom of the upper deck at the new stadium will cost $100 a game -- $29 cheaper than Candlestick.
The club seats near the 50-yard line, which have been on sale for six months, cost $20,000 to $80,000 for rights to each seat with season tickets between $3,250 and $3,750. Multiple sections are already sold out.
If you're looking for a bargain, there's always the Raiders. At the O.Co Coliseum in Oakland, season tickets for the Raiders range from $260 to $960 a year for reserved seats, while club seats cost $1,260 to $1,510 per season.
Some 49ers fans think the new prices would be reasonable for great seats, but not ones that require such high-powered binoculars.
"I think the $2,000 (seats) ... should have been down below" near the field, said Ron Rosberg, who's been a season-ticket holder for 46 years. "You're going to be sitting way up on top of the stadium."
Guido said 30,000 people opened the email announcing the ticket prices within an hour of the team sending it Friday afternoon.
"Our phones are kind of blowing up at this moment," Guido said. "We fully expect by the time the building opens to sell out."
Season-ticket prices will be frozen through the 2016 season and the purchase of a seat guarantees first dibs to buy tickets for events like concerts.
The seat fees are expected to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the Santa Clara Stadium Authority, the public agency planning the stadium, as a way to repay loans on construction, which began in April. The 49ers pocket the season-ticket payments.
The seat fees and tickets go on sale Monday, with current season-ticket holders getting the first shot. Fans have until Aug. 17 to plunk down a deposit of at least 10 percent of the one-time seat fee, or lose their seats. Payment plans of up to 10 years are available, with no interest if paid in full by March 2014.
A "very limited" number of single-game tickets will be available through the 49ers and secondary ticket markets from season-ticket holders. Those seats retail for higher than the bulk-priced season tickets and, on third-party websites, can go for well above face value.
Prices for the rest of the fan experience -- such as parking, hot dogs and beer -- haven't been set yet.
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