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Last year's rank: 33
Title track: 26
Fan relations: 76
Stadium experience: 59
Bang for the buck: 10
The 49ers have a great combination going. They're one of the best teams in the NFL, and they've moved into a spanking new facility -- Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Now, if they can only figure out a way to finish off a season with the franchise's sixth Super Bowl title. They've been agonizingly close the past three years, only to have last-minute defeats end each season. The new stadium looks gorgeous -- certainly, it will be an upgrade over Candlestick. And though reviews won't really be in until next year as far as fan-friendliness, it's a safe bet that stadium experience will take a significant jump from 59. Levi's Stadium has a capacity of 68,500 and features 165 luxury suites. Its scoreboard is 48 feet tall and 200 feet wide, the largest among outdoor arenas. The stadium also contains the 49ers Museum, a 20,000-square-foot showcase.
The problem will be getting fans in pocket -- affordability was an issue in the old stadium, and it's only going to get worse. A few days before the game, the cheapest standing-room-only ticket for the home opener was listed on stubhub.com for $164.75; upper-bowl seats at midfield were listed for $320 and up. No matter how the stadium turns out, and what type of home-field advantage it provides, the 49ers have one of the top rosters (players: 19) and staffs (coaching: 8) in the league. Now they just need to make some memories in a new stadium.