SF Rec and Park Donates 49 Candlestick Seats for Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame Auction Proceeds Benefit BASHOF Helping Kids Play Sports
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the donation of 49 Candlestick Stadium seats for Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame’s (BASHOF) auction which will benefit Helping Kids Play Sports, a BASHOF program supporting youth athletes. Helping Kids Play Sports provides scholarships to youth who excel in both academic and athletic careers and grant for organizations that promote youth athletic activities to purchase sports equipment and uniforms.
Currently, the seats are on sale to the general public for $649 per pair but the bidding for the auction starts at $150. The auction is a great way for fans to score a chance to obtain the seats, the soon to be historical memorabilia from the beloved “Stick” while supporting youth sports in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fans are asked to submit their bid through email at Seats@BASHOF.org, and at the end of the auction, the 49 highest bidders will be contacted starting Friday, December 13th.
“SF Rec and Park and our City family are getting ready to say good-bye to our beloved Candlestick Stadium; and our partnership with BASHOF provides the public an opportunity to keep a treasured piece of the Stadium while supporting the next generation of athletes,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We encourage the public to join in on the auction this week.”
We sincerely believe that keeping kids active and enriching their lives through athletics helps promote valuable skills and lessons. Our organization uses the recognition of sports excellence as an instrument to raise funds to support youth sports in our community,” said Kevin O’Brien, BASHOF President and CEO. “The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame is appreciative of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s donation of the seats from historic Candlestick Park which will support us in our mission of helping kids play sports.”
“The 49ers are very excited to work with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department to offer our Faithful fans the opportunity to bring home a piece of Candlestick Park history, while also supporting Bay Area youth sports,” said San Francisco 49ers Vice President of Stadium Operations Jim Mercurio. “The efforts of BASHOF and Helping Kids Play Sports align perfectly with the 49ers Foundation mission to keep kids Safe, On Track and in School. We encourage our fans to take advantage of this unique offering, while also helping enrich the lives of young people in our community.”
Bay Area Sport Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that began in 1979 with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s Sports Committee and Lou Spadia, former president of the San Francisco 49ers. Along with Chamber President Bill Dauer, Spadia founded the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.
As president of BASHOF, Spadia argued against a local museum. The costs of acquiring or constructing a building, plus permanent staffing and maintenance, would thwart BASHOF from its goal of helping kids play sports. Therefore, Spadia proposed that the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame would create a youth fund to generate grants for youth sports programs, a plan borrowed from the idea he had originated for the Mayor’s Youth Fund. The Chamber directors and committee agreed, and thus was born, “The Hall Without a Hall,” a slogan that has been copied around the nation.