9 AM? That's freaking ludicrous!
Getting in and out of the Stick has always been a gamble. The best way to get in is by bus, but that doesn't leave any time whatsoever for tailgating. But the plus side is you're not waiting in traffic for hours on end waiting to get in -- or waiting to get out. And God help you if there's an accident on 101 North after the game, or anywhere on the Bay Bridge. Because, if there is, you're screwed.
John York pretty much destroyed the last vestige of the old fan base. I'm surprised that you still put up with the headache Jim, because I know a lot of people who won't. Winning will cure some of these ills, but it won't restore the fan base overnight. It's going to take time and patience. Fans will fill a crappy old place like Candlemistake Park, but you've got to put on a mighty fine show and do it consistently. The only thing John York is consistent at is failure and filling his Depends.
I think Jed is on the right track, but it's going to take time to restore the fan base to what it was. I'm not saying it can't happen, because I know it can. But the Yorks are to blame for this nightmare. I do not feel sorry for them -- not in the slightest.
I do feel bad for you, Jim, and every other Niner fan who is forced to suffer through this nightmare. If you haven't informed the team of your feelings/rant just yet, I suggest that you do. Loyal season ticketholders are hard to come by these days if you're part of the Niner Season Ticket Machine. You might find a few people who aren't deaf to your concerns over there.