49ers ticket blitz sends StubHub sales through roof 

click to enlarge The surprisingly strong 49ers have become one of the top ticket-selling franchises in the NFL this year. - AP FILE PHOTO
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  • The surprisingly strong 49ers have become one of the top ticket-selling franchises in the NFL this year.

IPods, iPhones, Xboxes and other electronics are most likely to pop up on holiday shopping lists, but there’s another hot item that may surprise some shoppers this December: 49ers tickets.

The team is 9-2 going into Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams, and that has apparently made it one of the top ticket-selling franchises in the NFL this season, according to spokeswoman Joellen Frerrer of StubHub, a third-party online marketplace for fans to purchase and sell tickets to games, concerts and theater.

And the ticket seller doesn’t expect the demand to end soon.

“It’s been a turnaround season,” Frerrer said. “There’s a lot of excitement this year compared to last year.”

Tickets for San Francisco’s beloved football team have been gaining momentum since the home opener against the Seattle Seahawks, when tickets were going for 75 cents. As the team continued to win, more and more were sold.

More than 10,000 49ers tickets have been sold each game for the entire season over StubHub, Frerrer said. Last season, only half that number was sold. Sellers are able to set their own price, and they are not regulated by sports franchises, Broadway or musicians.

To compare, StubHub’s largest seller this year was the Thanksgiving Day game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, with an estimated 14,000 tickets purchased through the website, Frerrer said.

Ticket prices vary based on each game, the location of seats, the weather and the overall demand. Tickets for Sunday’s Niners game are still available on various sites — and they 49ers could clinch a spot in the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade.

Sunday’s game also is the second to last home game of the regular season. The 49ers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 19. The team’s final game will be played in St. Louis on Jan. 1.

San Francisco’s success this season is one reason ticket sales have skyrocketed, Frerrer said.

“It’s day and night,” she said. “I’m a 49ers fan and I thought that they’d either be dead last or the rare chance they’d be first in the division. It’s great to see them first.”

Lifelong 49ers fan Alex Chavez said he can see why tickets are selling so well. But he’s waited since 2003 — the first year he became a season-ticket holder — for a playoff run and has no plans of sitting on the sidelines this year.

“I’m not going to miss this for nothing,” the 31-year-old Hayward resident said. “I’ve been waiting a long time for this. We’re far past due.”

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

 

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San Francisco could clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2002. Tickets to Sunday’s game against St. Louis are still available through various websites. The following are a list of sites and the range at which tickets can be purchased. Prices are based on availability as of press time.

  • 49ers official site: $65-$390
  • StubHub: $39-$550
  • Craigslist: $90-$340
  • Gotthetickets.com: $42-$500

Source: Various websites

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