SF said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park with McCartney concert

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SF said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park with McCartney concert
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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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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