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Great exciting game, especially the second half.  And that clutch interception inside 2 minutes?  That was so freaking awesome!

So much history... the Beatles, Willie Mays, The Catch, the dank and cold, the Pope, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, the Loma Prieta quake,  on and on and on.  

I went to only 3 Niners games since moving to the Bay Area in 1985, but the last one was just a few weeks ago, and man, the place just smelled old and funky and filled with times that came before.  

Farewell Candlestick.

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  •  Lots of great Candlestick memories (11+ / 0-)

    including five Super Bowl winning teams, but the place is a dump. I was so happy when the Giants opened their new baseball park a dozen years ago. Can't wait for the new Levi Stadium to open for the 49ers 2014 season. Looks like it will be a great venue.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 09:24:11 PM PST

    •  ATT stadium is sooooooo nice (1+ / 0-)
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      You can actually go to a game without an arctic parka.  Easy access and beautiful facilities.  So great to have a true BASEBALL park.  I have great memories of Candlestick but most of them involve a TV and some form of "god they look cold, pass me a beer."

      It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

      by ksuwildkat on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 04:54:34 AM PST

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      •  Arctic parka? (0+ / 0-)

        Arctic parka? Seriously? This isn't Green Bay or Buffalo we're talking about.

        •  No it's San Francisco (1+ / 0-)
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          Shirt sleeves one minute, a parka the next !!!

          Some times you're the pretzel and some times you're the beer

          by Sorta Randle on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 09:22:28 AM PST

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        •  The Stick was COLD (1+ / 0-)
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          Sun goes down "early" most of the year because of the position of the stadium.  Once that happens you get the double whammy of shade and wind as the temperatures invert.  Air blowing across the cold water becomes frigid.  Not hard to have a 20 degree drop in less than an hour.  As an added bonus the wind swirls so there are no safe places.

          ATT gets some wind and night games can be chilly but nothing like Candlestick.

          It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

          by ksuwildkat on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 10:48:59 AM PST

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      •  AT&T Park is great (2+ / 0-)
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        because it's so transit-accessible -- at Candlestick it was an adventure getting there without a car. There were special buses that ran from the Peninsula up there, but they left 20 minutes after the last pitch so you had to hustle to make it to the bus or you ended up stranded and had to take one of the MUNI special routes into SF then make your way to the Southern Pacific train station. Couldn't linger to savor a victory or commiserate with fellow fans after a loss.

        There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

        by Cali Scribe on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 10:10:48 AM PST

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        •  Ball Park Special (1+ / 0-)
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          Last game I saw before going into exile/moving to colorado I took the Ball Park Special from San Jose.  Started in an empty train.  By the time we got to the stadium it was packed with Giants!!  No better way to go.  Get off the train and you are right in front of a Safeway.  Samich, peanuts, beer.  Ready to go.  Walk out the back exit and you are in front of the stadium.

          LOVE IT!!!

          Best of all I got to see Panda blast one into the Cove right over my head.  Magical day!

          It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

          by ksuwildkat on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 10:44:58 AM PST

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  •  I've been going since it opened...I was 8. (13+ / 0-)

    but dad had season tickets to the 49ers...and grandfather had them for the Giants.

    sorry to see them leave SF...and I live in San Jose.

    We are not broke, we are being robbed...but we can fight back...#KosKatalogue

    by Glen The Plumber on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 09:34:05 PM PST

  •  There was a bit of magic left in (7+ / 0-)

    The Stick. That interception was awesome.

    The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by maggiejean on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 09:58:50 PM PST

  •  How about "McCovey Cove," The Alou brothers (2+ / 0-)
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    all playing together, and the "Dominican Dandy," Juan Marichal?

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 12:01:41 AM PST

    •  McCovey Cove is next to (3+ / 0-)
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          Phone Company Park, not Candlestick.

           I used to go to Giants games at the 'Stick back in the 1980s. I went to a night game once and that was enough. Because it was so cold at night they played a lot of day games, including on weekdays as well as weekends. You used to be able to buy a set of six "tan tickets" for those games where you would exchange those coupons for the best available seats for the day's game. I sat in some great seats among "crowds" of 3000 or so fans for only $5.00. It was fun, but the newer ballpark is so much better that I have no nostalgia for Candlestick.

            Football has no appeal to me and even if it did the Niners would not be my team. Actually my hometown has no NFL and we do just fine without the Raiders or the L.A. Lambs. Even when I was living in Santa Cruz I had no use for the 49ers....

      Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 55, CA-30

      by Zack from the SFV on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 01:11:23 AM PST

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      •  Never did a night game at the 'Stick (2+ / 0-)
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        because it was so hard to get there on transit. Mr. Scribe and I do quite a few evening games at AT&T; we'll typically drive up to Millbrae and park there, taking either Caltrain or BART into SF then take BART back because the times are more flexible.

        There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

        by Cali Scribe on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 10:14:50 AM PST

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        •  I just call it Phone Company Park (0+ / 0-)

                Pacific Bell Park had a ring to it. SBC Park was dull during its brief time. A T and T Park would be OK if it hadn't gone through the other names first. When I was a kid there was only the Phone Company, and it was A T &T. That is one of the best of the new generation of ballparks. I wish I could get up there more often. It is still 75 miles away from where I stay in NorCal when I am there. Santa Cruz was my home, and still is for about a week a year.

          Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 55, CA-30

          by Zack from the SFV on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 01:00:00 PM PST

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  •  My very first football game (3+ / 0-)
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    Saw my very first game at the Stick.  2-14 9ers playing the Bucks back when they worse those horrid orange and white uniforms.  Our dim witted Coach...I think his name was Walsh...kept putting in some hack named Montana.  I, as a teenager and therefore brilliant, knew that Steve DeBerg was the best QB ever and the future of the team.

    So many Giants games including some of the classic bean fests in baseball when the Dodgers came to town.  I was sitting in Germany in 1989 just weeks away from PCSing to Monterey when suddenly the broadcast was gone.  I knew it was an earthquake but in those pre-internet days it would be hours before I knew if my family in California was ok.  

    What a way to send off the place.  No way we were going out with a loss on a score in THAT end zone.  No way with Jerry and Dwight and Steve watching were we going to lose that game.  Fitting that it was the DEFENSE that won it for us.  Hacksaw has to be smiling somewhere!

    Time to set a new tradition and a new record at the new stadium but for one last night, Candlestick was beautiful.

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 04:48:37 AM PST

  •  If it hadn't been so close to game time, (1+ / 0-)
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    thousands of people would have been on the freeway when Loma Prieta collapsed it.
    I was in LA, in a sports bar on the fiftieth floor and felt the shake, looked up on the Tv and saw Candlestick Park shake, rattle and roll! 450 miles away!

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 05:24:50 AM PST

  •  My first game at Candlestick (0+ / 0-)

    was in 1977 against Tampa Bay.  The attendance was only 34,000.  The Bucs were in their second year and this was their 21st straight loss.  They went on to set an NFL record of 26 in a row.

    In 1981 I saw my Browns beat the Niners in week 11.  The Niners had lost 2 of their first 3 games, then won the rest except for this game, on the way to their first Super Bowl.

    Also went to a pre-season night game in August once - one of the coldest games I've even been to, and that includes December games in Cleveland and Buffalo.

    I have good memories of watching games on TV when the team played at Kezar.  They always decorated the field so well, and the field fit in the stadium so much better than it did at many places back then when most teams played in baseball stadiums.  Never got to attend a Niners' game there but I did see the opening ceremonies of the first Gay Games.  Tina Turner performed, before her solo career really took off.

    At a garage sale many years ago I bought an 18x24 or so black and white picture of Candlestick, on a thick pasteboard backing.  It was taken before the stadium was expanded for football.

    My last game at the Stick was a couple of years ago when I went out to see my Browns lose again, on a beautiful fall day.

    And another stadium bites the dust.

  •  Only got to one Niners game (0+ / 0-)

    A work colleague won a pair of tickets in an office drawing, but neither she nor her husband were football fans, so I bought the tickets from her and took my then-boyfriend (the future Mr. Scribe). I paid face value for the tickets (came out to about $50 or so back then, a virtual steal -- they were actually decent tickets, I think one of the Big Bosses had donated them), but she got pissed at me when she found out later she could have gotten more money for them and thought I should give her more than face value. My buddies backed me up though.

    More of my memories are SF Giants related...biggest moment was October of 1982, when Joe Morgan's home run knocked the Dodgers out of post-season contention the day after they knocked us out.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Tue Dec 24, 2013 at 10:08:05 AM PST

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