Candlestick Park facts for kids
|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
|Owner||City and County of San Francisco|
|Operator||San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department|
|Field size||Left field
330 ft (1960), 335 ft
Left-center field &
397 ft (1960), 365 ft
420 ft (1960), 400 ft
330 ft (1960), 328 ft
73 ft (1960), 66 ft
|Surface||Bluegrass (1960–1969, 1979–2013)
|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.|
|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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Candlestick Park upper deck expansion in progress during 1971 baseball season. Note the artificial turf then in use, along with the pre-49ers football scoreboard used during the annual East-West Shrine Game.
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