49ers to pay more rent; fans won’t get any more shade

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As the 49ers commence their fifth season at Levi’s Stadium, they’ll be paying more to use it.

Via SportsBusiness Daily, an arbitrator has ruled that the 49ers should pay $24.762 million per year in rent, an increase from the $24.5 million that the team had been paying. That’s $262,000 per year. On a 40-year lease, that’s more than $10 million.

The extra money won’t be used to build any type of roof or awning to protect fans from heat and intensity of the giant ball of burning gas some 93 million miles away. 49ers president Al Guido recently said that it’s simply “not possible” to put shade on the stadium, due to FAA regulations applicable to the nearby San Jose airport.

“What I can tell the fans is we’re committed to making their experience as best as it possibly can,” Guido said. “We understand there might be a game or two early in the season that might be warm. We cannot add shade. We cannot build a roof.”

The team routinely attributes images of largely-empty stands to the impact of the sun, which forces fans to seek relief in the concourse areas. Those images, to the extent that they’re truly due to the intensity of the thing up above and not the quality of the thing down below, apparently will continue, for the next 35 years or longer.

41 responses to “49ers to pay more rent; fans won’t get any more shade

  1. There had to be an appropriate location for a stadium closer to San Francisco. A location that the 49ers and Raiders could have shared. That would have cut costs for both teams and kept both closer to their respective fan bases.

  2. “Schedule the games differently and the problem goes away”.

    A great idea, but unfortunately impractical. In order to avoid the heat the games would have to be scheduled for 6am or 8pm Pacific time starts. Either would be unfair to visiting teams.

    You can’t adjust the entire league schedule to accommodate one team.

  3. I’LL SAY IT AGAIN:

    If I lived in San Diego, Los Angeles, or San Francisco
    I could find many other interesting distractions to entertain me.

    Football would be last on the list of things to do on my Sunday afternoons.

  4. You left out Guido’s condescending ‘let them eat cake’ solution that the team would be lowering bottled water prices from $6 each to $2 each. That surely is the plan that Jed York know best after blowing the stadium design and taking into account his family’s rich history of providing water to the team and its fans.

  5. Minnesotablizzard, since you are so good at building walls perhaps you can assist the orange man in building his wall.

  6. Every time I see the 49ers getting fleeced for that stadium, it makes me chuckle since they used Harbaugh to get it and then ran him off as soon as that mission was accomplished. Funny that so much optimism is in the air for the incompetent ownership team that runs that franchise. Losing is more likely in your foreseeable future.

  7. Santa Clara is about 40 miles south of Candlestick Point where it averages 12 to 15 degrees warmer, is less foggy and Levi’s Stadium is not on the water. Stop whining.

  8. indiapalealeblog says:
    August 12, 2018 at 2:58 pm
    With those brutal 75 degree San Francisco summers in September, how do they expect fans to not die of heat stroke?
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    Well considering the stadium is in Santa Clara about 40 miles southeast of San Francisco, inland, and not near the ocean, yes it gets really hot with bright sunshine during the early portion of the season. What you SHOULD be making light of was the moronic idea to put a stadium DIRECTLY UNDER THE FLIGHT PATH of the San Jose airport about 5 miles to the south.

  9. Remember the episode of The Simpsons where Mr. Burns blocks the sun? The 49ers should do that.

  10. Oh those rascally environmentalists forcing the 49ers to not weather-discriminate against the sun. I’m sure that the water companies are in on this too.

  11. Didn’t they also send out a survey asking fans if winning was important to their game day experience?

  12. Jed York was still within the 90-Day Money Back Guarantee when that poor 49ers fan died in the East seats on the very first day the stadium opened. It was near or above 90 degrees at game time. (Very hot for the East Bay.)

    Building this stadium was a tactical error of epic proportions.

  13. kevo126 says:

    it doesn’t get hot or cold in san fran
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    But what about global warming?

  14. cardinealsfan20 says:
    August 12, 2018 at 2:36 pm
    There had to be an appropriate location for a stadium closer to San Francisco. A location that the 49ers and Raiders could have shared. That would have cut costs for both teams and kept both closer to their respective fan bases.

    You mean like Santa Clara or San Jose? San Francisco and Oakland would NOT build a stadium, which is why both teams have left said cities. Neither team likes each other and when the Levi’s plan came about, the York family tried to include Al Davis but he declined.

    It should also be noted with all of the people talking about 75 degree summers, you do realize that California is a huge state with coastal areas, mountains, and yes, deserts. It could be 50 in one part of the state and 115 in another part. Santa Clara is NOT in San Francisco, it’s not on the Bay. It’s inland and the stadium is build in a way to accentuate the sun, rather than protecting fans from heat.

    If you’ve ever been inside an NFL stadium you’d know it’s generally 5-10 degrees hotter inside than out, not to mention the poor players on the field where it’s generally 10-30 degrees hotter.

    Levi’s Stadium was a horrible design in a horrible location, but at least they didn’t move to Vegas.

  15. davew128 says:
    August 12, 2018 at 3:40 pm
    indiapalealeblog says:
    August 12, 2018 at 2:58 pm
    With those brutal 75 degree San Francisco summers in September, how do they expect fans to not die of heat stroke?
    ———————-
    Well considering the stadium is in Santa Clara about 40 miles southeast of San Francisco, inland, and not near the ocean, yes it gets really hot with bright sunshine during the early portion of the season. What you SHOULD be making light of was the moronic idea to put a stadium DIRECTLY UNDER THE FLIGHT PATH of the San Jose airport about 5 miles to the south.
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    Did the 49er’s even do an environmental/architecture evaluation or did the owners just see an stadium out of Stadium-R-US and noticed the price and said”Build this one! 49ers trying to m,ake Jerry Jones look like a genius! Sounds like a complete clusterf%c%%.

  16. Giant ball of burning gas 93 million miles away, love the science lesson embedded in the story Florio!

  17. Just remember next time you complain about your team’s owner (and I’m sure it’s valid), just be glad you haven’t been saddled by the Yorks for years (and years to come).

    If they succeed it’s despite themselves. Harbaugh got it done and helped get that place build and his reward was to get run.

  18. They went from one dump of a stadium in San Fran to another joke of a stadium in Clara, they should have asked Jimmy G for his opinion when they built the stadium (even though he was still a Patriot) since Jimmy G is the messiah according to Niner fans….SMH!

  19. Mark my words, they’ll be screaming about needing a new stadium in about 12 years (gotta pass that 15 year mark before you can do that). They’ll claim the stadium doesn’t allow them to remain competitive. Plus, it will have that “old people smell” by that point. We can’t have that!

  20. Typical Kalifornia project. Like the leaning tower of crap in SF, and the bullet train to nowhere. These people are morons.

  21. zaphod424242 says:
    August 12, 2018 at 7:03 pm
    Just remember next time you complain about your team’s owner (and I’m sure it’s valid), just be glad you haven’t been saddled by the Yorks for years (and years to come).

    If they succeed it’s despite themselves. Harbaugh got it done and helped get that place build and his reward was to get run

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    My teams ownership didn’t draft a first round QB for over 30 years. You can’t touch that.

  22. So much for the new Niner’s stadium making the cover of Architecture’s Greatest Achievements. Seriously … they designed this thing knowing this would be an issue. Who does that other than an arrogant NFL owner happy to say yes to whatever stadium someone else buys him? Clearly there was no concern about fans when these decisions were made.

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