San Francisco says goodbye to Candlestick Park

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Updated: 8/15 10:10 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco says goodbye to Candlestick Park — the stadium where the city's beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs.

The storied venue shut down after a Thursday evening concert by Beatles icon Paul McCartney finished at around midnight. It will then be demolished to make way for a housing, retail and entertainment development.

Fans savored the final event at The Stick by holding tailgate parties and taking snapshots of the stadium before the late-afternoon fog rolled in.

The Stick, as it is known, opened more than 50 years ago and served as the home field for the 49ers and Giants. It hosted legends from both teams, including Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Willie Mays.

The Giants played their last game at Candlestick in September 1999. The 49ers will play at a new stadium about 45 miles south starting this year.

Candlestick was also the site of a 1987 mass by Pope John Paul II and the Beatles' last live concert in 1966.

 

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