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Tens of thousands of empty seats expected at Rams-49ers game

The San Francisco 49ers host the Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium Thursday night and to say interest in the Bay Area is low for the game may be an understatement.

The cost of resale tickets on the secondary market are astonishingly low, with some tickets available on StubHub for as low as $14 on Wedneday. And on TicketIQ, a ticket can be had for Thursday night’s match-up between the two California teams for $17.

“The current get-in price of $17 is the Niners’ cheapest game this season with an average asking price of $88 — also the cheapest of the season. The average ticket price across all remaining home games for them is $179,” says Ralph Garcia of TicketIQ, who says the team has seen the average list price decline 32 percent since the stadium opened in 2014, according to their internal numbers, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “This is, however, the 49ers’ cheapest home game since the move to Levi’s. The previous low was Dec. 11, 2016 vs. the Jets.”

A game between the 49ers (0-2) and Rams (1-1) is hardly a marquee match-up, but the rock-bottom prices still have to be a source of concern for the NFL, as the Los Angeles Chargers cannot even fill the 30,000-seat StubHub Center — a soccer stadium — in the first season in their new town.

Whether this trend continues among other struggling NFL squads — odds are upper-echelon teams won’t be impacted in such a manner — remains to be seen, but the appearance of tens of thousands of empty seats at Levi’s Stadium Thursday night surely won’t be a good look in a nationally televised game.