Stadium that hosted the Beatles' last live concert set to close after half-century of hosting

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Stadium that hosted the Beatles' last live concert set to close after half-century of hosting
Paul McCartney performs on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Paul McCartney performs on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Paul McCartney performs on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Paul McCartney performs on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Paul McCartney performs on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
FILE - In this April 1, 1960 file photo, Candlestick Park is shown in San Francisco. Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the Catch and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events. In a bow to historical symmetry, the Stick's finale will be a performance Thursday by Paul McCartney, 48 years after the Beatles' last scheduled concert lit up the venue. (AP Photo/File)
Paul McCartney performs on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Paul McCartney performs on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Paul McCartney performs on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
A fan takes a photo with a cell phone outside Candlestick Park before a Paul McCartney concert Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Barbara Ambler-Thomas poses for a portrait while wearing a T-shirt with photos of the Beatles, outside Candlestick Park before a Paul McCartney concert Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Tina Shadowens, of San Jose, Calif., poses for a portrait, outside Candlestick Park before a Paul McCartney concert Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Fireworks explode over Candlestick Park after the San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-24 in an NFL football game in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. The 49ers played their last regular season game at Candlestick before moving a new stadium for the 2014 season. (AP Photo/Aaron Kehoe)
FILE - In this July 11, 1984 file photo, sailors struggle to control the giant flag used for opening ceremonies at the 55th All-Star game played in Candlestick Park, Tuesday, July 11, 1984, in San Francisco. The flag was unfurled at centerfield to accompany the Star Spangled Banner. Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the Catch and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events. In a bow to historical symmetry, the Stick's finale will be a performance Thursday by Paul McCartney, 48 years after the Beatles' last scheduled concert lit up the venue. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
Patrick Garrison, left, and his daughter Jamie tailgate outside Candlestick Park before a Paul McCartney concert Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Fans line up outside Candlestick Park before a Paul McCartney concert Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Stacy Samuels, who goes by the name of Banjo Man, plays outside Candlestick Park before a Paul McCartney concert Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in San Francisco. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, retired news photographer and cameraman Fred Pardini holds a photo of the Beatles arriving in San Francisco in 1966, at his home in Alameda, Calif. Pardini photographed the early beginnings of Candlestick Park and the Beatles last concert there. Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the Catch and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events. In a bow to historical symmetry, the Stick's finale will be a performance Thursday by Paul McCartney, 48 years after the Beatles' last scheduled concert lit up the venue. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - In this July 12, 2014 file photo, San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, right, laughs with former owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., left, before the start of the "Legends of Candlestick" flag football game in San Francisco. The event between former San Francisco 49er greats and a team of former NFL stars captained by Hall of Famer Dan Marino was the final football game played at Candlestick Park. Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the Catch and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events. In a bow to historical symmetry, the Stick's finale will be a performance Thursday by Paul McCartney, 48 years after the Beatles' last scheduled concert lit up the venue. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1999 file photo the San Francisco Giants play the Pittsburgh Pirates at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the Catch and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events. In a bow to historical symmetry, the Stick's finale will be a performance Thursday by Paul McCartney, 48 years after the Beatles' last scheduled concert lit up the venue. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
Fog rolls in above Candlestick Park as fans watch the "Legends of Candlestick" flag football game Saturday, July 12, 2014, in San Francisco. The game between former San Francisco 49er greats and a team of former NFL stars captained by Hall of Famer Dan Marino is the final one to be played at Candlestick Park. The park, which opened in 1960 and was also the home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team until 1999, is slated for demolition in the next year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - In this April 12, 1993 file photo, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, left, and Tony Bennett, singer of pop standards, rehearse the National Anthem prior to the San Francisco Giants' opening game in San Francisco. Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the Catch and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events. In a bow to historical symmetry, the Stick's finale will be a performance Thursday by Paul McCartney, 48 years after the Beatles' last scheduled concert lit up the venue. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
FILE - San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds celebrates on top of the Giants dugout after they beat the San Diego Padres to win the National League West title in San Francisco, Saturday Sept. 27, 1997. The Giants won the game, 6-1, and won their first playoff berth since 1989. Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the Catch and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events. In a bow to historical symmetry, the Stick's finale will be a performance Thursday by Paul McCartney, 48 years after the Beatles' last scheduled concert lit up the venue. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
In this Sept. 18, 1987 photo, Pope John Paul II holds mass at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the Catch and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events. In a bow to historical symmetry, the Stick's finale will be a performance Thursday by Paul McCartney, 48 years after the Beatles' last scheduled concert lit up the venue. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - In this April 12, 1960 file photo San Francisco Giants outfielder Willie Mays, left, and Vice President Richard Nixon laugh in the Giants' dugout in San Francisco on April 12, 1960, prior to start of the San Francisco Giants' first regular-season game at Candlestick Park. Nixon threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the Catch and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events. In a bow to historical symmetry, the Stick's finale will be a performance Thursday by Paul McCartney, 48 years after the Beatles' last scheduled concert lit up the venue. (AP Photo/File)
FILE - In this Sept. 30, 1999 file photo, groundskeepers tear up the pitcher's mound as current and former members of the San Francisco Giants look on following their final game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the Catch and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events. In a bow to historical symmetry, the Stick's finale will be a performance Thursday by Paul McCartney, 48 years after the Beatles' last scheduled concert lit up the venue. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
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BY SUDHIN THANAWALA SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Candlestick Park, San Francisco's cold and windy workhorse stadium, is closing after more than a half-century of hosting sports, concerts and other events. Over the years, the park was home field for the Giants and 49ers and the site of some of their greatest triumphs.

But the "Stick" was also a fierce place, where whipping winds and fog from San Francisco Bay often made for chilly conditions for fans and players. The city-owned stadium is now set to be demolished for a planned housing, retail and entertainment development. Here are 10 defining moments in its history:

OPENING DAY

- Richard Nixon was vice president. Willie Mays was a Giants slugger. Both were on hand for Candlestick's opening day April 12, 1960, with Nixon throwing out the first pitch. The reinforced concrete stadium was built for the Giants, who had moved from New York two years earlier and initially played at Seals Stadium.

BEATLES LAST LIVE CONCERT

- The Beatles held their last live concert at Candlestick in 1966. Paul McCartney apologized to the crowd for the weather, noting it was "a bit chilly."

MAYS' 3,000TH HIT

- Giants centerfielder Willie Mays joined an elite list of players with his 3,000th hit in 1970. Mays finished his career with 660 home runs, fourth on the all-time list, behind Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth.

THE CATCH

- Quarterback Joe Montana lofted a touchdown to Dwight Clark to win the NFC championship game in January 1982 and send the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. The 49ers won that year's NFL title and four more through 1995.

PAPAL VISIT

- Pope John Paul II held a mass in 1987 for more than 70,000 people.

WORLD SERIES QUAKE

- The 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake hit as millions of TV viewers took in Game 3 of the "Bay Bridge World Series" between the Oakland Athletics and the Giants in 1989. The quake caused up to $10 billion in damage, but the park sustained only minor damage. After a 10-day postponement, the Athletics finished a sweep of the Giants.

A FOOTBALL RECORD

- 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice caught two touchdown passes from Steve Young during a 1994 game to break Jim Brown's long-held record of 126 career touchdowns.

GIANTS MOVE ON

- In the early 1990s, the Giants appeared set to move to Florida. But an ownership group committed to keeping the team in San Francisco persuaded voters to approve a new, largely privately funded park. The Giants played their last game at Candlestick in September 1999 and moved into what's now called AT&T Park the following season.

49ERS MOVE ON

- Despite multiple renovations, Candlestick's age began to show. The 49ers complained about rusty light towers, clogged concession stand drains and other maintenance problems. Unable to reach a deal on a new stadium in San Francisco, the team looked 45 miles south to Santa Clara, where the team will play in the new Levi's Stadium in Silicon Valley starting this year.

THE FINALE

- Nearly 50 years after the Beatles' last live concert, Paul McCartney will take the stage for Candlestick's final event. His "Farewell to Candlestick Park!" performance is scheduled for August 14.

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