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Following a Week 1 win over the Dallas Cowboys, the San Francisco 49ers will travel home this Sunday to open the inaugural season of their new home at Levi’s Stadium. While the new Santa Clara stadium will undoubtedly have high prices for NFL tickets on the secondary market all season long, soccer fans were given the first look at the brand new, state-of-the-art professional stadium when the MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes hosted a game last month. There was also a friendly match between Mexico and Chilli played last Saturday. Now Levi’s Stadium is ready for its intended purpose, San Francisco 49ers football. The 49ers did play two preseason games in their new stadium, though Sunday night’s game against the Chicago Bears will be the first game that will count in the standings.
With Sunday’s game against the Bears, the 49ers control the most expensive game during Week 2, though it won’t serve as the top-priced game at Levi’s Stadium on the 49ers schedule this season. According to TiqIQ, the average price for Sunday’s game is currently $330.92 on the secondary market, 12% below the season average of $377.25 for 49ers tickets at home. Despite the below-average price against Chicago, San Francisco’s season average is slightly distorted due to an exceptionally expensive game against the Seahawks on Thanksgiving night. 49ers vs Seahawks tickets currently have an average price of $556.97, which is 48% above the season average.
The monumental game on Sunday will certainly draw plenty of media attention, though secondary market prices won’t be nearly as high as Candlestick Park’s final game last season against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16. That game had an average price of $434.13, marking a 23 percent decrease in secondary price for Sunday’s game. However, even last season’s game against Atlanta held no flame to a Week 14 matchup against Seattle, as the Seahawks again served as the top-priced game among 49ers home games in the 2013 season. The Week 14 game against the Seahawks had an average secondary price of $531.17, 22% more expensive than Candlestick’s final game against the Falcons. Despite higher secondary market prices for some individual games in 2013 as Candlestick Park hosted its final games, the season average for 49ers tickets this season is 40% more expensive than last season.
The 49ers are scheduled to host the Bears this weekend, who fell to the high-spirited Bills in Week 1. An expected high-octane Bears offense proved to be nonexistent at Soldier Field last weekend and allowed the Bills to win on an overtime field goal. Though the 49ers have been expected to struggle defensively after losing core players in Aldon Smith and NaVorro Bowman, they had no trouble warding off the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium last Sunday. The 49ers will look to open Levi’s Stadium with a bang this weekend and further the Bears’ offensive problems.
Through eras of both highs and lows, 49ers fans have elicited a perpetual sense of loyalty for their team and it showed at AT&T Stadium last week, filling nearly half of the 80,000 capacity venue. If last week’s road showing was any indication that the 49ers will succeed both on the field and in the stands this season, a playoff-like atmosphere will surround Levi’s Stadium all season long – a feeling that has been a staple in the Bay Area since the Jim Harbaugh era began.
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