SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco was set to say goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park — the stadium where the city’s beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs.
The storied venue was expected to shut down after a concert by Beatles icon Paul McCartney. 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 legends 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.
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. “Just come enjoy the concert tonight and have a safe night.”