San Francisco 49ers Training Camp Information
When is training camp?
Training camp typically begins at the end of July. The dates for the "open to the public" sessions are announced anywhere between early to mid July. In the past, there have typically been about 10 open sessions to the public. However, according to the media, 2012 may see a drastically reduced number of open sessions.
How do I get tickets?
Tickets typically become available around mid July on a first come, first serve basis. Supply is around 3,000 tickets and they do run out fast. Tickets are free and you just need to register for them online. They announce the signup URL in July as well. Often, the San Francisco 49ers pair up with the San Jose Mercury News to give out tickets to the first open training camp date. Season ticket holders also typically get first chance to obtain tickets.
Where is training camp?
All training camp sessions take place at the team's headquarters. It is located at the following address:
4949 Centennial Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95054
The team has their practice facility behind the headquarters.
What should I expect?
The team has three football fields to practice on and have stands set up for fans on the south most side of the complex. On a sunny day, shade is limited so we suggest that you bring water. The stands themselves are made up of benches and seating is first come, first serve.
On public days, they also have games for kids, contest stands, a store, and more as you enter the facility.
What about food?
Food and drinks are available for sale to fans. The food consists of what you might expect at such an event. Pizza, hot dogs, sodas, etc can be purchased. However, if you want to save a little money, there are a number of fast food establishments a short drive away so you may either want to pick something up before or after your visit. In past years, the 49ers have allowed fans to bring in their own food and drinks.
What about parking?
In the past, plenty of parking has been available across the street from the team's headquarters. This lot is an auxiliary lot for the California's Great America theme park and parking is usually free of charge. However, it is unknown how the construction of the team's new stadium will now impact the parking situation at the team's headquarters.
Can I get player autographs?
After each practice, some players do take the time to sign some autographs for fans. Unless you want to purchase some products at the team store available there, bring your own mini helmets, jerseys, etc. Mini helmets at the store there cost approximately $25, so if you can find them cheaper elsewhere, you are likely better off bringing your own.
The players sign toward the west gate (the gate surrounding the fields that is closest to the entrance and headquarters building) and by the player entrance. Be prepared for a huge crowd and don't be disappointed if your favorite player passes you up because they don't sign for everyone. It is recommended that you get to that spot early, which means that you will have to miss the last 15 to 20 minutes of practice.
Training Camp Location History
2003 - current49ers' Training Facility, Santa Clara, California
1998 - 2002Pacific (CA) University, Stockton, California
1981 - 1997Sierra College, Rocklin, California
1979 - 1980University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California
1976 - 1978San Jose State, San Jose, California
1968 - 1975UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California
1955 - 1967St. Mary's College, Moraga, California
1946 - 1954Menlo College, Atherton, California