Jim Mercurio is in his 18th year with the 49ers and his second as Vice President of Stadium Operations & Security.
In his current role, Mercurio oversees all aspects of stadium and game operations, including executive oversight of the food, beverage, and merchandise concession operations, parking and transportation, security, police, medical and other essential game day personnel and customer service operations.
Mercurio will help lead the logistical planning of an overseas trip to London in 2010, as the 49ers prepare to face the Denver Broncos on Halloween night, a task familiar to Mercurio, having played a similar role in 2005 when the 49ers traveled to Mexico City to face the Arizona Cardinals. Mercurio has also helped in the execution of three American Bowls – two trips to Tokyo and one trek to Osaka – by the 49ers in preseason action.
Prior to his promotion, Mercurio spent four years as the Director of Stadium Operations for the 49ers. In 2007 and 2008, Mercurio was part of the management team that negotiated and managed over $11 million in repairs to Candlestick Park, geared at improving the gameday experience for the fans.
During his long tenure with the 49ers, Mercurio has become an NFL leader in security and stadium management. He developed the stadium emergency evacuation video for the 49ers that has since been mirrored by arenas and stadiums around the country affiliated with the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and NCAA. In August of 2005, he was influential in assisting the California Department of Homeland Security officials in the first Large Stadium Initiative Program (LSI). Mercurio, who took part in the development of the Best Practices for NFL Security, presented to security and operational professionals affiliated with large stadiums and arenas in the State of California. The 49ers and the Homeland Security Department later conducted a table top exercise to test and review security and operational procedures at Candlestick Park.
Mercurio initially joined the 49ers in 1994 and was promoted to Assistant Director of Stadium Operations in 2000.
Born in San Francisco, CA, Mercurio graduated from Pacifica’s Oceana High School in 1989, before attending Canada College in Redwood City, where he earned an AA degree in 1991. A graduate of the University of Pacific in 1993, Mercurio obtained his bachelor’s degree in public relations with a minor in broadcasting. He went on to earn a master’s degree in sport administration and management from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, in May of 2001. In 2005, Mercurio was selected to attend, and subsequently completed, a NFL Executive Program for Managers at Stanford University. He is currently a member of the Stadium Manager’s Association.
Mercurio and his fiancée Teri, reside in Pacifica, CA.
49ers right guard Alex Boone spent the day at the San Francisco Zoo to officially introduce "Boone" the rhino and to launch his new foundation, 'The Alex Boone Animal Education Project'.
49ers.com caught up with former 49ers head coach and current NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci to discuss the loss of Michael Crabtree and his belief that the 49ers will still have a potent offense.
49ers.com caught up with the 49ers third-round selection, LB Corey Lemonier, to talk about transitioning to outside linebacker and life in the team hotel.