I read the San Francisco Chronicle and Santa Rosa’s The Press Democrat sports sections every day for many years and of late different writers have been reflecting, reminiscing and reporting on Candlestick Park and its history as the cold, windy, wet, vulnerable cement icon of a stadium comes to the end of its existence.
Last night’s San Francisco 49ers versus Atlanta Falcons NFL game – results not available at presstime – was, unless one more postseason playoff game becomes a reality, the final sports event at Candlestick Park, which will be torn down in 2014 after a 53-year run.
Since I’m San Francisco born and forever major Giants and 49ers follower, Candlestick was the center of my big stage sports viewing world outside the radio and TV waves. I’ve witnessed plenty of games and events there, and have even had a chance to play a little baseball in the cement yard.
So I will join the many fellow Giants and 49ers fans who’ve been sharing their memories of Candlestick Park in all the Bay Area newspapers and on radio and TV.
I will make it a brief run through my Candlestick memory bank because I could write on and on in multiple columns about my ventures and adventures at the longtime home of San Francisco’s baseball Giants, who moved into their beautiful new ballpark at the turn of the century; and football 49ers, who are headed to a new stadium in Santa Clara next season.