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San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park
Old Candlestick Park, now called Monster Park, used to be the home of the SF Giants and the 49ers. The Giants have moved on to a beautiful new park in downtown while the 49ers are still stuck here at this old stadium out in the middle of nowhere. In the fall of 2006 the 49ers announced a deadlock in negotiations with the city of San Francisco for a new stadium, and now plan to move the team to Santa Clara, about an hour to the south. This would be great for the city of San Jose which is actually larger than San Francisco, as the team would now be right outside town.
The stadium was constructed from 1958 to 1960 as a baseball-only stadium for the Giants but it has also been called home by football's Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers. In 1961 the Oakland Raider's new American Football League team began play in the Stick after a single year at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, then moved the following year to a tiny temporary stadium in Oakland. The 49ers moved to Candlestick from Kezar Stadium in 1971 after the the Stick's outfield was enclosed, blocking views of the Bay and creating infamous swirling wind conditions. The Giants moved out of the Stick to brand new AT&T Park (then Pac Bell Park) in 2000. In 2004 Candlestick was renamed Monster Park, not after Monster.com but for Monster Cable, a manufacturer of cables for electronic equipment,
I attended a game at the Stick in 2006 vs the St Louis Rams and really enjoyed the great fans and the beautiful weather. I bought tickets from a scalper outside gates for a significant discount from face value. The stadium isn't all that great compared to all the new venues out there, but it just has an aura with its great history of Giants baseball and 49ers football.
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