Levi’s Stadium may have lacked character last season, but it didn’t lack cash. According to Forbes magazine, the 49ers are the fifth-most valuable franchise in the NFL at $2.7 billion.
That’s up from ninth place last season ($1.6 billion), and the 60 percent jump in value is the biggest one-year increase of any NFL franchise, according to Forbes.
“In 2014 the 49ers moved out of antiquated Candlestick Park and into $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium,” the magazine reported. “Presto! The team’s revenue from ticket sales, sponsors, concessions, luxury suites and non-football events jumped 160% versus the previous season.”
The 49ers went 8-8 last season and 4-4 at Levi’s Stadium. A report last week by the city of Santa Clara said revenues from the stadium – which also hosts concerts, soccer matches and other events – have exceeded expectations and that $2.8 million has been generated for the city’s general fund.
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The Raiders, who reportedly are one of three teams interested in moving to Los Angeles, are No. 31 in Forbes’ report with a value of $1.43 billion, topping only the Buffalo Bills ($1.4 billion).
The Dallas Cowboys ($4 billion), New England Patriots ($3.2 billion), Washington ($2.85 billion) and New York Giants ($2.8 billion) round out the top 5. The 49ers bumped the Houston Texans from the No. 5 spot this season.