49ers to fans: Know when to be loud

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49ers to fans: Know when to be loud

SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers have the home-field advantage Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And the organization is taking measures to ensure the 49ers own the home-crowd advantage, too.
The 49ers last week began a campaign to educate fans on the appropriate times to make noise. The team's website opens with the greeting, "Silence is deadly: Quiet on offense," and "Bring the noise: On defense."One of the disadvantages of playing on the road is that the crowds are often adept at making things extremely difficult on the opposition. The 49ers' offense had difficult times communicating blocking assignments based on pre-snap reads against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving, surrendering nine sacks.In six road games, quarterback Alex Smith has been sacked 26 times.In seven homes games, the 49ers have surrendered just 13 sacks. And that includes six sacks allowed against the Dallas Cowboys, whose fans showed up loudly at Candlestick for the Week 2 game.RELATED: 49ers 2011 schedule & results
"It's definitely a different atmosphere, but after a while you can't look at it as road and home," 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis said. "You just have to play winning football. But one of the advantages of playing at home is you're working without the noise. I totally appreciate the enthusiasm from our fans. That's great. But you like to see it used for disorienting the visiting team."The timeliness -- or lack thereof -- of noise emanating from the crowd at Candlestick Park became an issue when "The Wave" began two weeks ago when the 49ers had the football against the St. Louis Rams.Smith told CSNBayArea.com that sometimes the proper tone is not set for the fans inside Candlestick just before the offense takes the field.
"I kind of wonder if sometimes the stadium doesn't help," Smith said. "We'll be on TV timeouts before an offensive possession, and we got the drums going. But it'll be all right (Monday). I'm sure there'll be some Pittsburgh fans. They go everywhere. There will be some towels out, but hopefully our fans show up. It's a big game -- probably one of the bigger games at the 'Stick in a long time. Two 10-win teams."Season-ticket holder Brandon Phillips, who commutes to 49ers games from Ocean City, Md., said there were at least 50 Steelers fans on his direct flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco. Steelers fans are likely to be well-represented at the game.But a home game is still a home game for the 49ers.The 49ers encourage their fans to show up early. Jim Mercurio, vice president of stadium operations and security, encourages fans to take public transportation for the 5:30 p.m. kickoff.Also, fans arriving inside the stadium early will be treated to pregame entertainment and half-price on food and soft drinks at permanent concession stands from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Three former American Idol finalists are scheduled perform throughout the evening. Thia Megia, who sang the National Anthem at a 49ers game when she was 10, will perform during the pregame activities. Stefano Langone, a life-long 49ers fan, will sing the National Anthem. And rocker James Durbin of Santa Cruz will turn up the decibels at halftime.

49ers freeze ticket prices for 2017, 2018 seasons

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49ers freeze ticket prices for 2017, 2018 seasons

The 49ers on Tuesday informed season ticket holders that ticket prices will not increase for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. 

"We are announcing that 49ers season ticket pricing will be frozen through the 2018 season," the team wrote in an email to its season ticket holder. "Invoices for your 2017 season tickets will be made available to view and pay online in the coming weeks, including the option to enroll in a multi-month payment plan."

"Thank you for your valued and continued support as a 49ers Season Ticket Member. We look forward to serving you this season!"

The 49ers will enter the 2017 season with a new general manager and head coach after firing both Trent Baalke and Chip Kelly following their 2-14 2016 season.

McDonough, Paton scheduled for second interviews for 49ers' GM job

McDonough, Paton scheduled for second interviews for 49ers' GM job

Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough and Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton are scheduled for second interviews for the 49ers’ general manager position, a league source confirmed to CSNBayArea.com.

The Atlanta Falcons have provided 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe time to meet with presumptive head coach Kyle Shanahan from Friday afternoon through all day Saturday. The Falcons are scheduled to travel on Sunday to Houston, site of Super Bowl 51. The interviews with McDonough and Paton are expected to be held on Saturday in Atlanta.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, is not allowed to be officially hired as 49ers coach until after the Falcons play in Super Bowl 51 against the New England Patriots. But Shanahan is expected to take part in the process Saturday in which the 49ers will arrive at a decision on their next general manager.

The 49ers announced the firings of coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke shortly after the team’s 2-14 season, which included a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.

Paton originally interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 6. He met with York and Marathe in Atlanta on the same day Shanahan took part in his first interview with the club. McDonough interviewed with the 49ers on Jan. 13 in Santa Clara.