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    Who really has homefield advantage...



    San Francisco may be the home team on paper, however which team has more New Orleans Natives and are using that to their advantage.

    We all know Ed Reed is from there and is excited about playing the Superbowl in his hometown. Also Jacoby Jones has been very vocal about what it means to him to play in his town. His mom even cooked a meal for 150 Ravens and staff when they landed. www.baltimoreravens.com

    Do the 49ers have any natives?

    Do you think the "home" feeling theyre receiving from team mates families will be an advantage on an otherwise neutral site?
    -JAB





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    Re: Who really has homefield advantage...

    Last night the NFLNetwork showed last year's superbowl and it was clear there were many more Giant fans there than Pats. I think it will be similar this year with Raven fans outnumbering 9ers and making noise at the right times. If anyone has a slight advantage I'd say Baltimore
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    Re: Who really has homefield advantage...

    I have friends and work relationships with people in the Bay Area, and the general consensus seems to be that the 49ers have a pretty weak fanbase. They're more of a wine and cheese crowd, Candlestick Park is one of the quietest home stadiums in the NFL, and their fans do not travel outside of Cali. All in all, your usual West Coast types. (Although oddly enough there does seem to be a substantial thug element to the crowd at Candlestick because of all the murders and assaults that have happened there over the last few years.)

    If you saw the 49ers "send off" pictures yesterday compared to the Inner Harbor, it was an absolute joke. I'm not sure the 49ers had 1,000 people turn out while the entire Inner Harbor was packed wall to wall with screaming, rabid Ravens fans. I know a fairly large number of people are making the trip, some of whom aren't even going to the game.

    The stadium distribution is supposed to be equal between 49ers and Ravens fans in terms of ticket sales but I would anticipate more crowd noise and energy from our guys than their's.




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    Re: Who really has homefield advantage...

    Quote Originally Posted by bmorecareful View Post
    I have friends and work relationships with people in the Bay Area, and the general consensus seems to be that the 49ers have a pretty weak fanbase. They're more of a wine and cheese crowd, Candlestick Park is one of the quietest home stadiums in the NFL, and their fans do not travel outside of Cali. All in all, your usual West Coast types. (Although oddly enough there does seem to be a substantial thug element to the crowd at Candlestick because of all the murders and assaults that have happened there over the last few years.)

    If you saw the 49ers "send off" pictures yesterday compared to the Inner Harbor, it was an absolute joke. I'm not sure the 49ers had 1,000 people turn out while the entire Inner Harbor was packed wall to wall with screaming, rabid Ravens fans. I know a fairly large number of people are making the trip, some of whom aren't even going to the game.

    The stadium distribution is supposed to be equal between 49ers and Ravens fans in terms of ticket sales but I would anticipate more crowd noise and energy from our guys than their's.
    All west coast crowds tend to be tame and quiet, apart from Seattle and Denver. Just off topic a little, but I think Gillete stadium may be one of the quietest stadiums in the NFL, their fans were non existent in the Houston and Baltimore games, seems they like to make more noise on the internet or on talk radios.

    I've never been to Baltimore to watch a game, will do one day obviously, but as a kind of outsider, Baltimore has a very similar crowd to what you'd expect here in the English premier league or the rugby stadiums. The town is so emotionally tied with the Ravens, and so into its team, it is great, Baltimore have by far the best sports fans in the NFL, its like a college atmosphere. I expect to hear a lot of noisy Ravens fans, and not much noise from the 9ers crowd.




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    Re: Who really has homefield advantage...

    Quote Originally Posted by leachisabeast View Post
    All west coast crowds tend to be tame and quiet, apart from Seattle and Denver. Just off topic a little, but I think Gillete stadium may be one of the quietest stadiums in the NFL, their fans were non existent in the Houston and Baltimore games, seems they like to make more noise on the internet or on talk radios.

    I've never been to Baltimore to watch a game, will do one day obviously, but as a kind of outsider, Baltimore has a very similar crowd to what you'd expect here in the English premier league or the rugby stadiums. The town is so emotionally tied with the Ravens, and so into its team, it is great, Baltimore have by far the best sports fans in the NFL, its like a college atmosphere. I expect to hear a lot of noisy Ravens fans, and not much noise from the 9ers crowd.
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    Re: Who really has homefield advantage...

    just check out the super bowl packages online, ravens have been sold out for a while while there are plenty of 49er packages available




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    Re: Who really has homefield advantage...

    Quote Originally Posted by iggyman555 View Post
    just check out the super bowl packages online, ravens have been sold out for a while while there are plenty of 49er packages available
    And reportedly Ravens fans are buying up the Niner's packages.




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    Re: Who really has homefield advantage...

    Quote Originally Posted by iggyman555 View Post
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    We have 18 people making the trip to New Orleans. Only 4 of us currently don't have tickets. I heard from a friend (although I don't know his source) the airlines are reporting 3 to 1 Baltimore to San Francisco people flying into the area.




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    Re: Who really has homefield advantage...

    I've also heard a lot of rumors that the NO fans (particularly the older fan base) still dislike the 9ers from the old rivalary days they used to have. I've heard that the Saints fans want to see purple jerseys around their town over 9er jerseys, they will be rooting for us. Plus NO have next to no rival history with the Ravens.




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    Re: Who really has homefield advantage...

    The Super Bowl means so much to the players that I don't think it matter who is being cheered for. In these events pretty much everyone gets cheers.
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    Re: Who really has homefield advantage...

    Quote Originally Posted by leachisabeast View Post
    I've also heard a lot of rumors that the NO fans (particularly the older fan base) still dislike the 9ers from the old rivalary days they used to have. I've heard that the Saints fans want to see purple jerseys around their town over 9er jerseys, they will be rooting for us. Plus NO have next to no rival history with the Ravens.
    good point, which i didnt really think of either.
    -JAB




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