Demolition Begins on San Francisco’s Candlestick Park
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – It’s game over for San Francisco’s iconic Candlestick Park. In the stadium where Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Joe Montana and so many more created magic memories for the city’s sports fans in spite of it’s famously blustery winds, now heavy machinery is now taking it apart piece by piece.
The iconic stadium is being torn down to make room for a development project that will include a hotel, shopping center and residential units.
A project spokesman said crews would tear down the ramps to the upper deck and then begin demolition of the stadium’s upper deck.
The “Stick” opened more than 50 years ago and was known for its chilly conditions brought by whipping winds and fog from San Francisco Bay. The Beatles held their last live concert there in 1966. Built as an open-ended ballpark in 1960 for the Giants, it was enclosed in 1970 to accomodate the 49ers.
Developers scrapped a plan last month to implode the stadium amid concerns the blast might create health problems for people living nearby.
Silverado Contractors, Inc. is performing the demolition.