General view of billboard on the Interstate 101 near Candlestick Park promoting the San Francisco 49ers new home venue Levi

In Awe of San Francisco 49ers' Levi's Stadium


The San Francisco 49ers have a new home. And it is sweet. Levi’s Stadium, as it shall be known, not only will put all other stadiums to shame in terms of WiFi capability, but also will have a gigantic outdoor videoboard. As of a couple of days ago, the NFL’s first collapsible goal posts were installed as well.

Now, college football fans were getting in trouble a few years ago for tea ring down goalposts. After a plethora of fines from the NCAA, several schools around the country began to install these “collapsible” posts to give fans the sense of tearing them down without, well, tearing them down. Though having them collapse is not quite the same thing, the NFL will not ever allow fans to storm the field after a big win or tear down the goalposts or anything like that. Thus, this is the second best thing that 49ers’ fans could hope for. The next time we beat Seattle, expect these suckers to come down in about 8 seconds.

In another shameless plug for the greatest stadium in the NFL–in terms of modern amenities and advancement, not history–let me quote George Wiley, who installed these field goal posts.

When I first talked to the San Francisco management people at the Rose Bowl, I got the hint that this stadium would be very high on technology I didn’t understand what that could possibly mean until we came out here. This whole place is technology, and we like to think that our product leads the field in technology as far as goal posts go.

Yep, “This whole place is technology.” It also carries a hefty price tag. The current cheapest price (check out pricing here) for a personal seat license–which gives you the right to buy season tickets, and no tickets in and of themselves at this point–is $2,840.  Breaking that down to 10 games (8 plus the 2 home pre-season ones) makes each ticket $284–and that is before buying tickets.

So you may be able to enjoy the view of the stadium, but it might take a good amount of dough if you want to go to a game–let along every one.

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