SF Rec and Park Launches Guided Tour for Historic Candlestick Park Stadium


SF Rec and Park Launches Guided Tour for Historic Candlestick Park Stadium


SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced today the launch of guided tour for the historic Candlestick Park Stadium starting Saturday, September 1st, 2012.  49ers fans will have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scene look at the Stadium, home of the five-time world champion San Francisco 49ers and former home to the San Francisco Giants.  Generations of San Franciscans have stories to tell of the many games and tailgate parties at the “the Stick,” as many locals refer to the Stadium.


The hour-long tour will include visit to the team locker rooms, grand view of the Stadium from luxury suites, and a run on the field for a reenactment of the Joe Montana to Dwight Clark play, “The Catch” that led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl at the NFC Champion Game on January 10, 1982 between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers.  The 49ers have played at the Stadium since 1971. 


The 14.5-acre Candlestick Park Stadium, established in 1960 as a baseball stadium for the San Francisco Giants, with the capacity of 70,000, is the second oldest stadium in the NFL.  The Stadium 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.  The Stadium had been undergoing earthquake-proofing since 1983 and there was no serious damage to its foundation.


Tours will be available from Monday through Friday, at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and on Saturdays at 11 a.m.  For more information or to schedule a tour, the public can contact Amanda Tugwell, SF Rec and Park’s Director of Candlestick Tours and Events, at (415) 819-6498 or amanda.tugwell@sfgov.org .



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