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SF said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park with McCartney concert

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco said goodbye Thursday 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 an evening concert by former Beatle Paul McCartney, which finished about midnight. It will then be demolished to make way for a housing, retail and entertainment development.

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 greats from both teams, including Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Willie Mays, and was the site of The Catch - Montana's touchdown pass to Dwight Clark to win the NFC championship game in January 1982 and send the 49ers to their first Super Bowl.

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.

"Anyone you talk to about Candlestick Park is going to have mixed emotions about it: it's not a pleasant place physically. It gets windy and cold, but it's where the Giants and 49ers played for so many years," Greg Breit, 50, said before the concert's start. "There's so much history here. You can't deny it."

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.

San Francisco police warned people attending Thursday's concert not to take any chairs or other mementos from the stadium, saying anyone caught with such items could face vandalism charges.

"We don't want people to be trying to take any pieces of Candlestick Park," Officer Gordon Shyy told KGO-TV. "Just come enjoy the concert tonight and have a safe night."

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thekingskloset August 15 2014 at 5:02 AM

What a perfect ending to have Paul McCartney close the place. Can't believe someone was smart enough to plan that out with some class. Love you Paul.

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mickilan thekingskloset August 15 2014 at 8:26 AM

Well said, my friend.

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skyofblue17 August 15 2014 at 9:16 AM

Yay at Paul McCartney. I hope he continues singing for many, many more years.

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redletter2008 August 15 2014 at 9:02 AM

A lot of history at Candlestick. Although it is one of the uglier stadiums around, Candlestick had its charms. Great to see Paul not only gracing the Stick one last time, but still going strong in his early 70s. The Beatles had just released Revolver (perhaps their best LP) weeks before their last show in SF, but played not a single track from that fabled record. Then again, it might have been hard for 3 guitarists and a drummer to play Tomorrow Never Knows on stage.

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redwingirish redletter2008 August 15 2014 at 10:34 AM

The Beatles best album was Meet the Beatles. Once they stopped doing Rock n' Roll, they were dead. The drugs took it all away from them.

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frptkosak August 15 2014 at 9:08 AM

A baseball player once said that the coldest winter he ever experienced was a summer at Candlestick Park.

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boyle1034 frptkosak August 15 2014 at 9:14 AM

I believe that was when Mark Twain played ball for San Francisco.

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Christopher boyle1034 August 15 2014 at 10:32 AM

did mark twain live at two two twain rd

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robinincali August 15 2014 at 10:55 AM

Watch the Giants play when lived there. Sad to see another landmark torn down to build more fricken homes.
We don't need more homes and business parks.

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silkroadg August 15 2014 at 10:40 AM

Seriously! Shouldn't there be an EPA investigation into the excessive waste of energy in venues like this? I mean, with all the shortages of water, and CO2 pollution, and poor starving black and brown children in America.....isn't this an abuse of resources?


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majorg1000 August 15 2014 at 10:34 AM

I just saw Paul in Minneapolis at Target Field...what a fantastic show! No better way to close down the Stadium than with this show.

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posthuf August 15 2014 at 10:10 AM

>"What demolition will make way for"<

Question asked, where the he!!'s the answer aol???????????????

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ddstan1120 August 15 2014 at 4:05 PM

Now, if only we could now say goodby to McCartney. Enough of his screeching voice over the last 40 or 50 years is quite enough!

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cgssnavickas August 15 2014 at 4:02 PM

Horrible place to locate housing. Tons of traffic from the 101, close to the airport...

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