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Candlestick Park
"The Stick"
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Former names Harney Stadium (1956–1959)
Candlestick Park (1960–1995, 2008–2013)
3Com Park at Candlestick Point (1995–2002)
San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point (2002–2004)
Monster Park (2004–2008)
Location 602 Jamestown Avenue
San Francisco, California 94124
Coordinates 37°42′49″N 122°23′10″W / 37.71361°N 122.38611°W / 37.71361; -122.38611Coordinates: 37°42′49″N 122°23′10″W / 37.71361°N 122.38611°W / 37.71361; -122.38611
Public transit BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg Gilman/Paul T Third Street
Owner City and County of San Francisco
Operator San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department
Capacity 43,765 (1960)
63,000 (Baseball)
69,732 (Football)
Field size Left field
330 ft (1960), 335 ft
Left-center field &
Right-center field

397 ft (1960), 365 ft
Center field
420 ft (1960), 400 ft
Right field
330 ft (1960), 328 ft
Backstop
73 ft (1960), 66 ft
Surface Bluegrass (1960–1969, 1979–2013)
AstroTurf (1970–1978)
Construction
Broke ground August 12, 1958
Opened April 12, 1960
Closed August 14, 2014
Demolished February 4 – September 24, 2015
Construction cost US$15 million
($108 million in 2018 dollars2018)
Architect John Bolles & Associates
Structural engineer Chin and Hensolt, Inc.
General contractor Charles Harney Co.
Tenants
San Francisco Giants (MLB) (1960–1999)
San Francisco 49ers (NFL) (1971–2013)
Oakland Raiders (AFL) (1960–1961)
San Francisco Golden Gate Gales (USA) (1967)

Candlestick Park was an outdoor sports and entertainment stadium on the West Coast of the United States, located in San Francisco's Bayview Heights area. The stadium was originally the home of Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants, who played there from 1960 until moving into Pacific Bell Park (since renamed Oracle Park) in 2000. It was also the home field of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League from 1971 through 2013. The 49ers moved to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara for the 2014 season. The last event held at Candlestick was a concert by Paul McCartney in August 2014, and the demolition of the stadium was completed in September 2015. As of 2019, the site is planned to be redeveloped into office space.

The stadium was situated at Candlestick Point on the western shore of San Francisco Bay. Candlestick Point was named for the "Candlestick birds" that populated the area for many years. Due to Candlestick Park's location next to the bay, strong winds often swirled down into the stadium, creating unusual playing conditions. At the time of its construction in the late 1950s, the stadium site was one of the few pieces of land available in the city that was suitable for a sports stadium and had space for the 10,000 parking spaces promised to the Giants.

The surface of the field for most of its existence was natural bluegrass, but for nine seasons, from 1970 to 1978, the stadium had artificial turf. A "sliding pit" configuration, with dirt cut-outs only around the bases, was installed in 1971, primarily to keep the dust down in the breezy conditions. Following the 1978 football season, the playing surface was restored to natural grass.

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