Back when this concert was confirmed, I immediately bought tickets. I didn’t even know if I was going to go, but I knew I would find a way. But nevertheless, despite all the busyness of life, I flew back to the Bay the morning of the concert, ready to go to the last event ever at Candlestick Park and to see Paul McCartney one last time.
My dad and I took the secret way to Candlestick. We parked and walked our one mile to the stadium. This was the route that I took to the 49ers games when I was a writer. I would turn on Jamestown because I had a parking pass. But as a fan, this second route is the way to go. Now that the stadium is being blown up, now it’s cool to use this route one last time.
When we got there I marveled at the idea that this would be the last time I would be here. I had already bid my farewell at the last 49ers game here. Little did I know I would be back one last time.
I went to the last NFL game at Candlestick Park.
I have tickets to the last concert at Candlestick Park.
But Joe Montana and a bunch of his NFL friends are going to play a flag football game there for one last hurrah. And as you can see, they have jerseys. But if you need to know, this event was brought to you by Hewlett Packard. That’s an official sponsor for the 49ers.
A great looking simple uniform ruined by that corporate logo. But of course, in this day and age, what isn’t sacred from sponsorship logos?
I wasn’t sure how I wanted to react to this. On the one hand, Joe Montana deserves to be at some final event at Candlestick. But a flag football game?
It would have been nice if he was at the final NFL game there, but with this option, I suppose it will work out. The stadium isn’t going to be demolished yet, so getting one more event there isn’t a big issue. I wonder how they will assemble this and how fans can watch, if they want to watch.
What do you think?
The atmosphere was perfect.
The crowd was perfect.
The dramatic ending was perfect.
The farewell celebration was perfect.
One of my favorite moments ever at Candlestick Park: Meeting Steve Young during the Monday Night Football blackout game.
With today being the final game at Candlestick Park (barring any miraculous seeding occurrence), I am going to try to get to the game today for the last time as a fan. I haven’t bought the tickets yet, so hopefully Craig’s List or one of the online ticket exchange places are nice to me for this hot event.
I remember my first ever football game there was a cold Monday night game. I had been to the stadium before for a couple Giants games, but football was what this stadium was for me. It was against the Lions. The parking lot was soaked with water from the rain earlier in the day.
I actually don’t remember much from that game except for a long Barry Sanders run. I got to see Hall of Famers Sanders, Steve Young and Jerry Rice play. Terrell Owens was a young cat finding his niche. It was my first ever NFL game. It was awesome.
Farewell, old friend.
Barring any major upsets in the playoffs, Monday’s home finale will be the final NFL game ever at Candlestick Park.
For many 49ers fans, the stadium holds a lot of memories of Hall of Fame players, unforgettable games and games that will live forever. But of course, the stadium isn’t all peachy. Traffic and weather had always been the biggest issues with fans at the game and it still remains today.
On Twitter, I asked for 49ers fans to share their memories (good or bad) about the stadium. Here’s their story:
The box of the season ticket holder package.
With the final season at Candlestick Park approaching, the 49ers have asked fans to use the hashtag #FarewellCandlestick to tweet videos and photos of their experience. This week, they asked their season ticket holders to tweet photos of their season ticket packages and their experience at the STH event.
Here are some of my favorite images that have been tweeted.