Football season is back. Our San Francisco 49ers have inaugurated a new home field down the Peninsula in Santa Clara. From 1946, through the 1960s to 1970, Kezar Stadium, in Golden Gate Park, was the 49ers home. Here is a slide show of some great football photos in the original stadium:
Betcha didn’t know that Kezar was named for a woman. In 1922, a $100,000 gift from the estate of Mary Kezar, a member of a prominent San Francisco family, was designated to create a memorial to her mother. The city added another $200,000 and Kezar Stadium was built. It opened in 1925.
For years, the stadium played host to professional sports from football to auto racing to cricket. And it was San Francisco’s stadium for the Park and Recreation’s annual May Day Festival with children dancing around May poles. Since 1928, San Francisco’s high school students knew the place as the location of the annual city football championship game, called the Turkey Day Game, played on Thanksgiving.
Here is a look back at all of the stadiums in 49er history:
San Franciscans cherish personal memories about Kezar while most people in the world know this stadium from the movies. Remember where Clint Eastwood, as “Dirty Harry,” has a chase scene with the bad guy in 1971? Here it is: