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The San Francisco 49ers will play their first home game against the Bears this Sunday, but this season's home opener holds added significance. The 2014 NFL season marks the inaugural year of Levi's Stadium, which will serve as San Francisco's new home. The state-of-the-art venue has already hosted soccer games between the MLS's San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders last month as well as an exhibition game between Mexico and Chile last weekend. While the 49ers did play two preseason games in their new stadium, their first regular season game will undoubtedly be played with an added sense of importance. Secondary market ticket prices will be steep all season long at Levi's Stadium, but this weekend's home opener won't serve as the team's most expensive home game of the season. Far from it, actually. According to TiqIQ, this Sunday's game is the cheapest 49ers tickets on their home schedule this season.
The average price for 49ers vs Bears tickets is now $295.56 on the secondary market, 21% below the season average of $375.90 for 49ers tickets. Secondary price for the opening game at Levi's Stadium has dropped considerably in the last 24 hours, falling over 10% from Wednesday's average of $330.92 according to CBS. The quantity of tickets available has also dropped significantly as it seems many 49ers fans waited towards the end of the week to purchase tickets. Despite the sudden plummet, however, the game still remains to be the most expensive Week 2 matchup of all NFL tickets. The get-in price for Sunday's game is currently $139. The next least expensive game on the 49ers schedule is currently a Week 9 game in which 49ers vs St. Louis Rams tickets have an average price of $321.56.
The decreasing price for their game against the Bears on Sunday hasn't tarnished the 49ers' season average too drastically as the team still owns the fourth most expensive average home price in the league, trailing just the NFL-leading Seahawks and Bears in that category. The $375.90 average is heavily weighted due to a Thanksgiving night game with the Seahawks on November 29. 49ers vs Seahawks tickets currently have an average price of $556.46 on the secondary market, up over 40% above season average. The game two weeks later in Seattle is also the most expensive game on the Seahawks schedule.
Declining secondary prices for Sunday's game has also drawn an even bigger disparity between the final home game played at Candlestick Park last season. The Week 16 game against the Falcons last year had an average price of $434.13, marking a 32% drop in price for Sunday's Bears vs 49ers matchup. Last season's Week 14 game against the Seahawks at Candlestick Park proved to be even more expensive, with average price topping out at $531.17, 22% higher than Week 16's game with the Falcons and 80% higher than Sunday's game against the Bears.
In an exciting Week 1 across the NFL, the Chicago Bears fell to the high-spirited Bills at home, who took a win in the opening minutes of overtime. The Bears were expected to produce plenty of offense against a underwhelming Bills secondary but it was the Bills who rose above with a late-game 38-yard run from the oldest running back in the league in Fred Jackson to position a game-winning field goal. The Bears won't see any sympathy from the 49ers this weekend as they look to go up 2-0 on the season after unraveling the Cowboys on the road last week.
The 49ers will usher in a new era as they open their new stadium in Santa Clara this weekend. Though a new venue in a new location will take some getting used to in the coming weeks, the 49ers will remain a perennial postseason threat under quarterback Colin Kaepernick and head coach Jim Harbaugh all season long.