Late yesterday, word slipped out that the 49ers will be selling commemorative bricks at their new stadium down in Santa Clara. The San Francisco Giants did something similar at AT&T Park, providing an opportunity for fans to be forever memorialized at the new stadium. Or, at least until they tear it down in 30 or 40 years.
The bricks will be going on sale March 1 at a website that would seem to be still to be determined. If you purchase a brick, you will be able to place your name and a message on the brick. The bricks will cost $175, $325 or $375 depending on size and the length of inscription on the brick. This is expected to raise $2.5 million to $3 million, with the proceeds construction funding. It sounds like fans will get a replica of the brick, and can then pay an additional $54.95 or $69.95 for a display case with laser-engraved 49ers logos.
Some may view this as a waste of money for fans. Others will look at this as a fun way to be a part of the history of the stadium. Whatever you think, Niners Nation will most definitely be buying at least one of these bricks. I'm going to pay for one on my own for the site, but one option would be to pool some funds via Paypal and purchase one (or more) on behalf of the site. We could have a vote to decide on the inscription we would use.
For the one I am planning on purchasing, I will be going with NinersNation.com, and then just below that, I am thinking of going with KSWOF. For those who haven't been around the site too long, KSWOF represents arguably the longest running joke in Niners Nation history. When the 49ers cut running back Kory Sheets, a user created the username KORY SHEETS WAS OUR FUTURE and launched into a diatribe against the 49ers. It has become the running tagline whenever there is a relatively unknown player fans are excited about.
I don't have more specifics on the bricks, but once I do, we'll open this up for contributions towards one or more bricks. Then, when people are visiting the new stadium, they can find our brick(s) and get a picture for posterity's sake.
Just to get a basic idea, let me know if you'd be interested in getting in on something like this. I will not hold you to any commitment in here, but rather this is just to try and figure out what level of interest we have.