I have been a 49er fan since the early 1980’s, and in more recent years, a season ticket holder, but I have never thought about taking MUNI public transportation to the game. In the past I was worried about being stuck at the game, or not being able to carry enough with me to the game. One thing is for sure, I hated getting out of the parking lot after the game. Everything changed after taking the MUNI bus for the first time. What a way to go to the game and what a great bargain!
Getting to the Game. About 3-4 hours before the game, MUNI picks up passengers at pre-determined and popular locations around the city. http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mroutes/3comsvc.htm Locations include: 75X Balboa Park BART, 77X California and Van Ness, 78X Funston and California, 79X Sutter & Sansome, 86 Bacon and San Bruno and 87 Gilman and Third. Some buses go directly to the game, and others make 2 or 3 stops. The round-trip ticket is only $10 round-trip. Make sure you keep the receipt for the return trip.
On board the Bus. Once on board, if you have gotten on at the first stop, you can generally find a seat. If not, it is not a long ride to Candlestick Park, 30-40 minutes depending on traffic. You can observe all kinds of people on the bus. Some are passengers are the decades old Faithful, and others are out-of-towners. You can read the newspaper or watch your smart phone to catch up with the latest previews around the league, or strike up a conversation with a fellow fan.
Drop off. The bus drops you off at Gate B. Incidentally, the backpack check-in tents are at at Gate B. In comparison, the parking fee at the game is already $25-30 for car, and there is waiting to park. If there is a downside, you have to walk around the stadium to get to the 49ers tailgate party, http://www.49ers.com/fans-only/49ers-tailgating-party.html, and Faithful City, http://www.49ers.com/fans-only/faithful-city.html, but otherwise there are very few downsides.
Leaving the Game. The shuttles 86 (to Bacon and San Bruno) and 87 (to Gilman and Third, where you can catch the T) run throughout the game. After the third quarter, all the stadium buses run. You can also take the 29 Sunset down the hill from the stadium. You will need your transfer to get back on the bus or you will have to pay again. Also, the transfer is good for 2 hours after the game on the entire MUNI system.
You will not miss the wait in the parking lot after the game, and you will feel good about using public transportation. Unless you have to go immediately to the South Bay or East Bay after the game, not having to wait in the parking lot sure beats driving. If you are traveling from the North, South or East Bay, you may wish to check with the 49ers Experience, http://www.49ersexperience.com/, which covers a wide area between West Sacramento, Gilroy and Tracy. However, the prices is over $20 for a round trip ticket.