Jim Mercurio is in his 24th year with the San Francisco 49ers and his third as vice president, stadium operations & general manager. In his current role, Mercurio oversees all aspects of stadium & event operations including executive oversight of the food and beverage operations, engineering, grounds, guest services, housekeeping, operations & logistics, parking and transportation. He additionally manages all police, game & event day security and medical services working with various local, state and federal governmental agencies.
Prior to being named vice president in 2009, Mercurio spent four years as the director of stadium operations for the 49ers at Candlestick Park.
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 affiliated with the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and NCAA.
In August 2005, Mercurio was influential in aiding the California Department of Homeland Security officials in the first Large Stadium Initiative Program (LSI), presenting Best Practices for NFL Security.
Born in San Francisco, Mercurio graduated from the University of Pacific in 1993, with a B.A. degree in public relations and a minor in broadcasting. Mercurio earned his master’s degree in sport administration and management from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, in 2001. In 2005, Mercurio was selected to complete an NFL Executive Program for Managers at Stanford University. He is currently a member of the Stadium Manager’s Association and is an inductee into the Pacifica Sports Hall of Fame. In July 2016, Mercurio was honored with the prestigious National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) Professional of the Year Award, which recognizes a professional in the field who has enhanced venue safety and security operations. Mercurio currently serves on the NCS4 Board of Directors.