CANDLESTICK'S final days are quickly approaching. This is the Forty Niners final season in San Francisco has begun with the conclusion of the preseason and begining of their quest for the Super Bowl champioship. Here are a few photos of past games we attended this and past years.
Next year the team will move to Santa Clara and will play in a new state-of-the-art stadium, that will host the 2016 Super Bowl. We certainly hope they'll be participating in that championship game. Despite the move, loyal fans who have enjoyed so many great years at Candlestick will be sad to see it go.
Candlestick Park memories are both delightful and numerous. Over the years the park has hosted a countless variety of sports and entertainment events. Who can forget "The Catch" when Dwight Clark leaped to pull down Joe Montana's touchdown pass that beat the Dallas Cowboys sending San Francisco to its first Super Bowl in 1981? Or the SF Giants Willie Mays' spectacular centerfield catches, or Barry Bonds' home runs, or Willie McCovey's lineout during the 1961 World Series against the Yankees?
Finally, how many are old enough to remember the Beatles' final Live Concert held in 1966 at Candlestick nearly a half century ago? Back then, the super-rock stars knew then the performance was a historic moment, so signicant that they brought their personal cameras on stage to take initmate photos of the crowd, the stadium, and each other. It was a wild evening for San Francisco and the world -- one that would be remembered for decades...
When the Forty Niners depart at the conclusion of this season, the grand old stadium won't be preserved. Plans are to demolish the structure and convert the adjacent parking lots into a shopping center. San Francisco property is just too costly to preserve for memorials. It may be fitting that the stadium that survived the devestating 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake during Game 3 of the World Series, won't escape the contractor's wrecking ball in 2014.
I guess that's the reality of economic progress! Along with the Candlestick rubble will go memories of its football glory years, including five Super Bowl championships under Bill Walsh and George Seifert, and the heroics of Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice John Brodie, Ronnie Lott, Charles Haley, and so many others.