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Clark says Candlestick Park closing is 'bittersweet'

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Monday night will most likely be the final 49ers game in Candlestick Park.

Dwight Clark reflected on the memories, saying it's hard to think the end is near. For him, it was a place of pride for nine seasons.

"This is the final game at Candlestick and it's hard to believe it's actually happening," Clark said in a conference call. "They really are going to play the last game and at some point they're going to tear it down. All I've known is Candlestick as I wasn't old enough for Kezar Stadium. It will be bittersweet, but I understand it and hope to have more historical moments [in Levi's Stadium]."

The two-time All-Pro tight end said he hoped to have one more postseason game before it closes with the end zones painted in red. He said he will always remember the postseason moments being historic.

"I wish it would be great if there would be one more playoff game," Clark said. "The football gods would have to be crazy to make that happen, but I guess it's possible."

The 49ers need to win their last two games against the Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks need to lose to Arizona and the St. Louis Rams in order for this to happen. If the 49ers win on Monday, they will be the No. 5 seed heading into Week 17 with the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints facing each other this week.

Clark said "The Catch" is always brought up at least once per day in his life. Whether it's in conversations or on television, he said he doesn't mind the exposure from a historic moment that happened 32 years ago.

Candlestick Park will leave a lot of memories as it closes, according to Clark. In 2014, the 49ers will be moving to Santa Clara when Levi's Stadium opens.

"It was a dump, it was our dump," Clark said. "We had a lot of history there and a lot of success. It's sad to see it go, but that's part of it in this new stadium and it's going to be spectacular. The 49ers are doing an awesome job of putting it together."


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