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Friday, August 1, 2014

49ers Standing Room Seats Will Cost Up to $75

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 1:41 PM

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The NFL is a hell of a business. Season ticket-holders at Candlestick Park hoping to receive the same privilege at nascent Levi's Stadium had to disgorge onetime fees of $20,000, $30,000, even $80,000 to then earn the right to pay tens of thousands more for the actual tickets.  

Those tickets cost more than human organs. Even the food at the Niners' new digs comes with Spago prices. There is no longer any amount of money for goods or services tied to this stadium that carries the ability to come as a surprise. 

So, the announcement that it'll cost you $50 to $75 for a standing-room ticket likely didn't raise your heart rate. In a realm of $11 beers, $12 sandwiches, and $6 bottles of tapwater, that may even come off as downright cheap. 

We've come a long way from Kezar Stadium's $5 tickets and Christopher Milk section for kids. And here's how far: 

It's not an exact science to gauge the value of a dollar through the years. But, as your humble narrator recently wrote about Giants ticket prices and San Francisco real estate, the cost of both has increased by 20-fold in the past three decades. The average person isn't earning anywhere near 20 times what he or she was pulling down in the 1980s. 

So, you get discrepancies, real-estate bubbles, and $6 bottles of water at the ballpark.

Per the U.S. Inflation Calculator, the $5 Kezar ticket of 1972 would go for around $27 today. But that's not what football tickets cost.  

Similarly, $75 in 2014 dollars comes out to about $13 bucks in 1972 — roughly three times what a good ticket cost, let alone a goddamn standing-room spot .

Clearly, we're getting squeezed. But if you want to attend Niners games — or live in this city — that's the price of doing business. There's no alternative — other than watching the games on TV or watching San Francisco on TV from your home elsewhere. 

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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