Welcome to Candlestick Park!
Home of the San Francisco 49ers and former home of the San Francisco Giants, Candlestick Park is a part of San Francisco tradition, from its breathtaking views of the bay to the savory tastes of its concession fare and the sight of the fog rolling in over the city’s hills. Generations of San Franciscans have stories to tell of the many games–and tailgate parties!–they’ve enjoyed at the ‘Stick.
Candlestick Point and Cove were named for the “candlestick bird,” or the long-billed curlew, which was once common to the area. The 14.5-acre stadium was built in 1960 and expanded in 1969 to seat 62,000 during football games and 59,000 during baseball games. Seating capacity has since been expanded to 70,000 for football. There are two decks and four seating areas. The main scoreboard in left field is, well, very big, and also has a Sony JumboTron stadium television set that serves any number of useful purposes. Auxiliary scoreboards are on the edging of the right-field upper deck. Improvements have been made for the hearing-impaired, and all restrooms are now wheelchair-accessible.
Candlestick captured the world’s attention when a powerful earthquake struck northern California just before the start of game three of the 1989 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland As. Despite the immediate loss of electrical power, stadium officials reacted quickly to avoid panic among the 65,000 spectators in attendance, and no one at the park was injured as a direct result of the quake. Possibly because the stadium had been undergoing earthquake-proofing since 1983, there was no serious damage to its foundation. Cracked expansion joints and bleacher stairs were repaired by teams working around the clock, and the stadium was pronounced structurally sound and the series continued.
Ownership: City and County of San Francisco
Management: City and County of San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department
Surface: Natural grass
Tenants: Home of the San Francisco 49ers (NFL) from 1971 to the present
On-site parking: 8,000 cars, 300 buses, 200 limousines, 300 motor homes
Nearest airport: San Francisco International (SFO), 8 miles
Other info: Formerly known as Monster Park
From the north (Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino counties):Take Highway 101 south across the Golden Gate Bridge and follow signs for 101 along surface streets, then back onto 101 southbound; follow signs to Candlestick Park.
From the northeast (Solano, Yolo, Sacramento counties): Take I-80 west over the Bay Bridge to Highway 101 south. Take the Candlestick Park exit and follow signs to the park.
From the east (northern Alameda, Contra Costa counties): Take I-80 west over the Bay Bridge to Highway 101 south. Take the Candlestick Park exit and follow signs to the park.
From the southeast (southern Alameda County): Take either the Dumbarton Bridge or San Mateo Bridge to Highway 101 north. Take the Candlestick Park exit and follow signs to the park.
From the south (northeastern San Mateo, Santa Clara, Monterey counties): Take Highway 1 north to the Candlestick Park exit. Follow signs to the park.
From southwest (northwestern and southern San Mateo counties): Take I-280 north to Highway 101 south. Take the Candlestick Park exit and follow signs to the park.
If you're interested in holding an event such as a soccer match, live concert, religious gathering, auto show, or corporate event at Candlestick Park, please contact:
Phone: (415) 831-2706
Fax: (415) 831-2096