Candlestick Park (Be Sure to Bring a Sweater)

Candlestick Park (Be Sure to Bring a Sweater)

When the New York Giants left the Polo Grounds and moved to San Francisco for the 1958 season, they played their first two season on the West Coast in Seal Stadium. In 1960, they moved to brand new Candlestick Park, where they would play their home games for the next 40 seasons before moving into AT&T Park in 2000.

A colored aerial view of a stadium
Candlestick Park Postcard (E.F. Clements, San Francisco, photo by Aero Portraits, Color by Mike Roberts)

Because of its location south of downtown San Francisco on Candlestick Point (hence the name), the ballpark was notorious for damp, chilly weather coming off the San Francisco Bay, even during the height of the summer baseball season.

Baseball players and viewers
San Francisco Giants Pre-game Warmups Circa 1998

When the corporate naming boom swept through baseball ballparks in the 1990s, San Francisco renamed the ballpark 3Com Park (3Com Corporation was a digital electronics manufacturer) – a low point in the naming of baseball ballparks.

Monster Park entrance
3Com Park at Candlestick Point Circa 1998

San Francisco outdid itself several years later when the city sold the naming rights to Monster Cable (a electronics cable manufacturer) and the ballpark was renamed Monster Park. Thankfully for baseball, the Giants already had moved to their new home, thus spearing baseball fans the indignity of buying tickets to a venue more aptly named for truck shows and demolition derbies.

A fence of the Monster Park
Monster Park Circa 2007

“The Stick,” as it is affectionately known, was converted into a multi-use facility in 1971 to house the National Football League San Francisco 49ers.

Monster Park stadium
Home of the San Francisco 49ers

Candlestick Park was home to the 1961 and 1984 All Star Games. The ballpark also hosted the 1962 and 1989 World Series.

Monster Park stadium at night
Giant’s Slugger Barry Bonds at the Plate Circa 1998

A night game at the Stick almost certainly brought out the outerwear.

Monster Park stadium from the outside
A Cool Night in San Francisco Circa 1998

It looks as if 2013 will be the last season in which Candlestick Park hosts professional sporting events.

Monster Park stadium entrance and building
Monster Park Circa 2007

A new home for the San Francisco 49ers is under construction in Santa Clara, California.

Monster Park stadium signage
Candlestick Park’s Gate A – How About Trying To Save These Structures from the Wrecking Ball?

Current plans are to demolish Candlestick Park in 2014. While there has been talk of the Giants playing one last baseball game at Candlestick Park, it will have to happen in the coming 2013 season.

Monster Park stadium from atop a hill
San Francisco 49ers Welome Sign

Candlestick Park soon will be a lost ballpark, joining Seal Stadium as another vanished baseball memory. Fans of the Giants and the 49ers should begin now to find something, anything of Candlestick that developers might allow to remain on the site once the ballpark is gone. Perhaps the Gate A sign or the ticket booths behind the gate can be saved.

Monster Park stadium from a top a hill
Soon to be a Memory- Candlestick Park

Byron Bennett