Politicos catch prime Niners seats as part of agreement with team 

While fans have been scrambling to buy their tickets to Sunday’s NFC Championship Game — tickets made available to the general public sold out within minutes Wednesday — elected officials are guaranteed tickets under The City’s agreement between the 49ers franchise and the Recreation and Park Department. - AP FILE PHOTO
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  • While fans have been scrambling to buy their tickets to Sunday’s NFC Championship Game — tickets made available to the general public sold out within minutes Wednesday — elected officials are guaranteed tickets under The City’s agreement between the 49ers franchise and the Recreation and Park Department.

San Francisco’s elected officials have no problem scoring the hottest ticket in town to watch firsthand as the 49ers take on the New York Giants at Candlestick Park.

While fans have been scrambling to buy their tickets to Sunday’s NFC Championship Game — tickets made available to the general public sold out within minutes Wednesday — elected officials are guaranteed tickets under The City’s agreement between the 49ers franchise and the Recreation and Park Department.

The mayor has his own luxury box, which holds about 10 people, and he has been hosting youth groups there all season long. The general manager of Rec and Park has a box that holds about 12, and the department’s commission has a box that holds about 20. The department also receives about 10 tickets in various stadium seats.
In addition to that, members of the Board of Supervisors are offered two tickets to every home game and the playoffs, a perk being taken advantage of this weekend.

Some supervisors are still undecided about whether they will attend and some regret they won’t be able to make it, while many just can’t wait to soak in the excitement from within the stadium.

Native son Supervisor Mark Farrell, a longtime 49ers fan, said, “I’m not going to miss this one for the world. It’s so exciting to have us back in the NFC championship.”

Supervisor Malia Cohen went to last weekend’s Niners game with her father, who used to bring her to the games years ago, but has to be in Los Angeles this weekend to give a speech on water policy.

On Wednesday, Supervisor Sean Elsbernd said he hoped to go, but was still searching for a baby-sitter for his son.

The general public still can get tickets on StubHub, but for a hefty price. As of 2 p.m. Thursday, the cheapest ticket on StubHub was $363.

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