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Niners strike gold with new stadium


Even before beginning to make the case that 2011 was no fluke, the San Francisco 49ers were moving merchandise at their new stadium. After Sunday’s win over the Packers, remaining seats in the Santa Clara structure could disappear, quickly.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, the 49ers had sold as of Sunday $670 million in tickets and luxury suites for a stadium that doesn’t even open until 2014. That total includes 70 percent of current season-ticket holders who plunked down the cash that goes along with having Personal Seat Licenses for every seat in the stadium.

Starting Monday, 10,000 fans on the waiting list will get a chance to buy some of the 27,000 in remaining seats at the new venue. Next month, the gates open to the general public for the remainder of the tickets.

If the 49ers can continue what they started at Lambeau Field on Sunday, there may not be many -- if any -- tickets left not long after the process opens up to the general public.