It's not quite football season, but San Francisco 49er fans now know the price for all reserved seating in the new Santa Clara stadium.
Friday's announcement marked the second phase of the seat allocation process.
A Stadium Builders License is required in order to purchase season ticket packages. All sellable seats in the new stadium will have an SBL associated with the purchase of season tickets. The licence is a one-time cost that gives buyers control of their seats for 49ers home games. A great majority of the SBL seats range from $2,000 to $6,000, with a very limited number priced at $12,000, according to a press release issued today.
In the reserved seat sections, one of the major differences from Candlestick Park, is the seat sight lines, as well as the seats' proximity to the field.
More than two-thirds of the served seats are in the lower bowl. At Candlestick, only half of the total seats are in the lower bowl.
The 49ers also announced in their press release on Friday the season ticket pricing for the reserved seats at the new venue. Game prices will range from $85 to $200 in the reserved sections, pricing that the organization said compares with ticket costs established at other new NFL stadiums.
Nearly 50 percent of tickets will be $100 or less beginning with the 2014 season. Legends will also be able to market a three-year price freeze on season tickets at the new stadium.
“We anticipate a lot of excitement about reserved seats because we have worked hard to establish pricing that is accessible for the majority of 49ers fans,” said Al Guido, Vice President of Sales and Service for Legends, the company selected by the Stadium Authority to market stadium seating.
The stadium in Santa Clara will include approximately 68,500 seats and will featured an unexpected 165 luxury suites and 9,000 club seats. The 1.85 million square foot stadium was designed to be a multi-purpose facility with the flexibility to host a wide fange of events.
The 49ers broke ground on the new stadium in April and officials have said they hope to play their first game in the South Bay in time for the 2014 season.
According to team officials, the stadium will have light rail and heavy rail access. Neither of those transportation options exist now at Candlestick, the team's current stadium. The new Santa Clara stadium will have 11 freeway entry points, compared to Candlestick's four.