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What to Know When Buying 49ers NFC Championship Game Tickets

Published Jan 17, 2012 / by Keith Hanson

The San Francisco 49ers will be hosting their first NFC Championship game in 14 years after a thrilling victory over the New Orleans Saints. If you're heading to Candlestick Park to see the Niners take on the Giants, here are a few tips to make your experience a pleasant one.

Get There Early to Tailgate

The game starts at 3:30 Pacific time, but you'll want to plan on being at the stadium at least a couple hours ahead of time to beat the Bay area traffic and to get in on some tailgating. According to the 49ers website, there is a proper way to park for tailgating, so make sure you check out their tailgating diagram.

Tickets Are Going to be Expensive

A check of ticket prices on Tuesday night had them ranging from $241 to almost $3,500 to sit behind the 49ers bench. Average ticket prices have swelled to more than $700.

Compare NFC Championship ticket prices to find nearly 5,000 tickets available to the general public.

...Unless You're Lucky Enough on Wednesday

Tickets go on sale Wednesday to season-ticket holders at 10 a.m. and to the general public at 1 p.m. PST. Tickets are expected to sell-out within minutes -- or even seconds -- so it will take a little luck to get your hands on a pair at face value. These tickets will be available at

The 49ers Bench is on the West Side of the Stadium

This means you'll want to buy tickets in sections Lower Box Sections 8-22 to be right behind the Niners bench. Be careful with the layout of the stadium, as there are similar section numbers for Upper Reserved, Lower Reserved and Lower Box. View our Candlestick Park Interactive Seat Map for a visual and for in-seat pictures. Another quick tip, the scoreboard is on the North end of the stadium -- or to the left of the Niners bench if you are looking at the field.

See the difference between 16 Lower Box (16LB) and 16 Lower Reserved (LR).

Eat the Garlic Fries and Drink the Craft Beer

Back when the garlic fries stand opened in 1994, the lines were 30 people deep. Nearly twenty years later, fans still line up for the sweet-smelling fries and wash them down with a variety of local craft brews.

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