In Europe, where the terms "football" and "rail travel" have different connotations than they do here, rail travelers to distant football games might opt to hop the "football special."
This was a train specially set aside for fans of the road team. And, if the game was lousy, getting there really would be half the fun. Football specials could be parties on wheels (but not for the people stuck cleaning them afterward).
The Niners' debut season in Santa Clara figures to be competitive. And that's good. Because you won't have the opportunity to drown your sorrows on the long ride back to San Joaquin County following a dreary loss. The very first item on the FAQ section
-- perhaps this is the most frequently asked of the frequently asked questions -- is "Is alcohol allowed on the train?"
It is not.
In fact, the answer goes even farther: "Alcohol is not permitted or being sold on the train at this time."
That means passengers who make a point of not operating a motor vehicle on the lengthy journey between San Joaquin Valley and Silicon Valley are not even technically permitted to bring alcohol on board the train to enjoy later, let alone drink it while speeding through the heart of California.
Our calls to the rail line to query whether this is an enforceable policy have not yet been returned.
Tickets are not refundable. And, should the Niners games grow interminable via overtime or other unforeseen delays, this could lead to lots of extra time to drink in the parking lot. From the aforementioned FAQ section
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE GAME GOES INTO OVER TIME OR IS DELAYED?
The train arrival and departure time cannot be modified due to a 49ers delay or if the game goes into overtime. Since ACE shares tracks with UP and Capital Corridor, train schedules cannot be changed.