Candlestick is old. It's the second oldest stadium in use in the league, built in 1960. Only Lambeau which opened in 1957 is older. All other stadiums are new or have been completely overhauled, like Soldier Field. Candlestick was also originally built as a baseball stadium for the San Francisco Giants, and it shows. The 49ers didn't actually move into the Stick until the 1971 season.
Personally, I'm torn. I want my favorite team to have a great state of the art facility because they deserve it and so do the fans. I do not have a problem with the location, which is clearly not in San Francisco. I do not have a problem with the $30 million that the Santa Clara county board thought should go to schools. What I do have a problem with is the extraordinarily high personal seat license (PSLs) or SBLs (Stadium Builder License in our case), that the organization is asking its current season ticket holders to pay.
Apparently it is the wave of the future. Jerry Jones funded a portion of his 1.15 billion stadium with them, so have 13 other NFL teams, including those with the most expensive yet, MetLife stadium which cost 1.6 billion. (but at least two teams play there, right?) Ironically, I think the organization that has the oldest stadium has the best method in raising funds. The Packers sell shares in their franchise. Their last offering allowed the public to buy shares at a per share price of $250. They raised over $67 million which will pay for almost half of the $143 million renovation project that will provide a new sound system, new video boards and 6,700 new seats.
My family has had season tickets for over 60 years, starting back when the Niners played at Kezar. The SBL required to have season tickets at the new stadium is $30,000 per seat. The SBLs for some of the "premium seats" have already been sold out at $80,000 per seat. That does not include the price of the actual tickets. The fan base attending the games will change like it has at many other stadiums across the country. Less families and more corporations will own the seats. It is the end of an era. It is the end of my family having season tickets to our favorite team. We will enjoy the last game of Niner football at the Stick, but with heavy hearts we will gracefully bow out and head to our couches for the the 2014 season.