49er Fans Happy About Playoff Win, But Not Traffic Management

By Robert Haugh

Congratulations to the 49ers for their hard-fought 19-12 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon at Levi’s Stadium.

The fans had a lot to celebrate. Rookie quarterback Brock Purdy won his eighth game in a row. Wow.

And, of course, the Cowboys and their fans were sent home with a playoff loss by the 49ers for the second straight year.

But not all was good on Sunday.

Veteran San Francisco Chronicle sports reporter Ann Killion said it was the “worst day getting into Levi’s in its history.”

Another long-time sports reporter, the Athletic’s Cam Inman called it the “worst traffic jam in Levi’s Stadium history for 49ers games.”

According to an SF Gate report: Niners Nation contributor Jordan Elliott said it took him “more than an hour to travel the 1-2 miles from the freeway exit to the parking lot for the game. According to Elliott, there were no visible traffic coordination efforts to address the situation.”

For years there have been reports of poor traffic management for fans and even VIPS trying to get in and out of the stadium.

And Northside residents have had lots of complaints about property protection in their neighborhoods.

Concerts have also been poorly managed, too. The U2 concert was probably the worst experience.

It’s a good thing that the 49ers’ football operation is better managed than the non-football side. Congratulations to them on winning the final home game of the season. 

The team travels to Philadelphia next week for a chance to win the NFC Championship and return to the Super Bowl.


  1. Here’s a thought how about getting to the game a bit earlier and avoid the traffic or take VTA bus/lite rail or ride your bike.
    The good thing about the bus, free parking and you can jump off when the traffic gets bad.
    My opinion, (and I am a Santa Clara resident), our city got greedy and agreed to just about anything in the beginning of the Levi build and continued to make concessions to the NINER FRONT OFFICE. Now we live with the outcome of greed.

    • How do you know it wasn’t the FRONT OFFICE that got greedy and that was their plan all along?

  2. “…And Northside residents have had lots of complaints about property protection in their neighborhoods.”

    I have been cleaning up my property after stadium events from day 1. People are inconsiderate and just do what they want: dump garbage, illegally park, piss and crap. Basically Northside has been turned into a life support system for a stadium owned by some guy in Ohio that makes money selling beer. I wonder if he buys anything cool with all the money. Looking forward to Tasman East getting fully built-out. I figure 5000 or so extra residents complaining should be interesting.

  3. I was part of a focus group being used by the niners to develop prop J. When we looked at the map my first comment was, “there’s no way to get in and out”. But they knew that.

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