Things we learn from today’s Scott Ostler column in the San Francisco Chronicle:
- Ostler is rooting for a new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, because “if the 49ers move out of the Bay Area, my job becomes less fun.”
- Many 49ers fans are really angry at the team for 1) charging so much for seat licenses to even get the right to buy tickets, 2) shifting season-ticket holders around so they’re not with the fans they’ve sat with for years, and 3) putting all the non-luxury seats on one side of the field, looking into the sun. As one longtime ticket holder memorably wrote to Ostler: “They’ll have a beautiful new stadium, but without the legacy of a 49ers faithful fan base. They’ve killed our joy and dissed our loyalty. I hope the seagulls take revenge on the Yorks and [ticket sales company Legends VP Al] Guido’s outfit!”
A bunch of fans wrote to Ostler that they’d be declining the chance to renew their tickets at the new stadium, but we’ll see whether there will be other fans lining up to take their place. At the least, though, the 49ers owners have to be a smidge worried about having to institute New York Jets-style last-minute seat discounts if it turns out they priced tickets too high.