As fall approaches, San Francisco sports fans are getting ready to say goodbye to an old friend. Candlestick Park, or what locals call The Stick, is hosting the final season of home football games for the San Francisco 49ers. And the San Francisco Giants are not expected to play any more baseball games in the stadium that was built for them. From the SF Giants opening day, April 12, 1960, to the final regular season 49er football game planned for Monday, December 23, 2013, this stadium has been the place many people loved to hate.
Here is a short photo collage of Candlestick Park:
Folks have been complaining through the years that the stadium is too windy, too foggy and too chilly. The SF Giants moved to their new home in what old timers call China Basin, now called AT&T Park, on March 31, 2000. The 49ers spent years wrangling with The City government and the citizens about building a new stadium. The result is that the 49ers will move to their new home in Santa Clara, about 40 miles south of The City, to open the 2014 season in what has just been named Levi’s (as in our famous City jeans) Stadium.
On the positive side, there are many good Candlestick Park memories to highlight. It was the location of the final Beatles concert on August 29, 1966. The stadium withstood the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, with only minor structural damage and without any injuries. And when the 49ers appear on Monday Night Football in December, The Stick will go down in history as the stadium to host the most Monday Night Football shows (36 total) of all the stadiums used in the NFL.
Here is an eye witness account from Brian who was a vendor at The Stick in the 1960s. He was either lucky or unlucky, you be the judge:
If you are wondering what will happen to Candlestick Park after the final game in December, the 49ers have announced that the stadium will be demolished. If you would like to own a piece of history, you can buy one of the old orange seats. 49er blogger Cam Inman tweeted, “#49ers (or #Giants or #Beatles) fans interested in buying Candlestick seats after this season should email: firstname.lastname@example.org”