SAN FRANCISCO — Candlestick Park Stadium, the City’s baseball and football stadium for over 50 years, will be torn down in late 2014 or early 2015. Lights Out at the ‘Stick is a newly opened exhibit located in the Grove Street lobby of the Main Library featuring a brief history and memorabilia. The exhibit, jointly presented by San Francisco Public Library and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, will be on view until Oct. 9.
Opened on April 12, 1960 for the newly relocated San Francisco Giants, the stadium was designed by John S. Bolles. It was the first reinforced concrete stadium built for major league baseball. Affectionately dubbed The Stick by the fans who spent many cold days and nights there, the stadium was home to the Giants until they moved to the new Pacific Bell (now AT&T) Park and home to the San Francisco 49ers from 1971-2013. With the 49ers’ move to a new stadium in Santa Clara in 2014, the Stick is being retired and demolished.
Among the items on display are a San Francisco 49ers uniform and helmet, a Candlestick seat, reproduced tickets and program from the 1962 Giants v. Yankees World Series home game, a Giants uniform and more.
Candlestick Park holds many memories for locals, particularly on October 17, 1989, during Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s, when the Loma Prieta earthquake struck the Bay Area. Despite widespread damage throughout the region, no one in the stadium was injured.
Candlestick was also home to other events. The Rolling Stones performed in 1961, Mass was led by Pope John Paul II in 1987, and The Beatles played their final concert at Candlestick on Aug. 29, 1966. Paul McCartney performed a final farewell concert at the stadium on August 14, 2014 before it disappeared forever.
For more information about the exhibit and other library programs and events, please call 415 557-4277.