The Candlestick Park demolition is moving forward and it is the end of a sports era. Candlestick Park became expendable with new stadiums now in place for the San Francisco Giants and 49ers. According to a report from NBC Sports on Wednesday (Feb. 6), there was actually some talk of keeping the stadium in place until a new developer came along. That fell through, though, paving the way for removal of the iconic location.
The city will collapse the building in 2014, following the final NFL season that the 49ers will play there in 2013. There are plenty of sports memories to go along with "The Stick," including a season spent there by the Oakland Raiders back in 1961. The Giants played there from 1960-1999 and the 49ers called it home from 1971-2013. Even The Beatles performed there in 1966 and little did fans know it would be their last live commercial concert.
Many baseball fans have memories of the 1989 World Series getting interrupted at the park when a huge earthquake took place in the area. As for what football fans remember, this is where the memorable game-winning catch from Joe Montana to Dwight Clark took place in the back of the end zone.
The Candlestick Park demolition is definitely a sad day in the history of sports, but maybe the San Francisco 49ers can go on a run in the 2014 NFL Playoffs to send it off in style.
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