The NFL is back and the San Francisco 49ers open their season at home Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. The last time the two teams met, the world was introduced to ‘Kaepernicking’ in the NFC Divisional Playoff game as the Niners QB Colin Kaepernick set an NFL record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game (181). San Francisco won that game at home, as they had in Week 1 at Lambeau Field. The Week 1 game in 2013 at Candlestick is averaging $285, down $26 since June. It will be the first regular season game for SF without WR Michael Crabtree who underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles in May. All eyes will be on Kyle Williams, Quinton Patton, and newly acquired Anquan Boldin who played for the Ravens last season and was traded to the Niners for a sixth-round pick.
The most expensive game on the Niners home schedule this season is the final regular season game to ever be played at Candlestick – 12/23 against the Atlanta Falcons. Tickets to the rematch of last year’s NFC Conference Championship game are averaging $322, up $83 since mid-July. The Week 16 Monday Night Football game will likely have playoff implications as well, contributing to the high demand for tickets.
The 49ers will move to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara next season. The new Niners Stadium is in the heart of the Silicon Valley and will be equipped with some of the best technology in the business including a new app that will allow fans to keep an eye on lines for food, beer, and the bathroom. The app also allows fans to stream replays from any angle and watch NFL Redzone from their seat. The smartest stadium in the NFL was chosen as the site for Super Bowl 50.
Last year the Niners were the 12th cheapest team in the league with an average ticket price of $120, $35 under the league average. Prices for 2013 San Francisco 49ers tickets have almost doubled following their Super Bowl appearance. Now averaging $233 (up $25 a ticket since April), the Niners have the 12th most expensive ticket in the NFL. However, aside from the Falcons (avg. 143), the 49ers have the cheapest ticket this season of any Divisional Playoff team last season.
When we first looked at the most expensive road teams in the NFL, the NFC Champions were the fourth most expensive in the League, averaging $246 – more than the average ticket at Candlestick. Today, the average San Francisco Niners tickets for away games are $198; the 49ers are no longer one of the top 10 most expensive teams on the road. The most expensive game on the road is against the Seattle Seahawks at $484, the 5th most expensive game in the NFL this year. The meeting between the two NFC West Division rivals at CenturyLink Field is averaging $199 more than the game at Candlestick on 12/8. Pricing trends have shown a steady increase since the end of April for San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks tickets in California; in the past four months, tickets are up an average of $80. So while tickets to see the Seahawks and 49ers play in San Francisco are cheaper, they are going up in price quickly.
Refer to the chart below to see the average price of San Francisco 49ers tickets, by game, at home this season.
|9/8/2013||Green Bay Packers||$284.63|
|12/1/2013||St. Louis Rams||$173.39|