SAN FRANCISCO – Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the “Catch” and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events. In a bow to historical symmetry, the Stick’s finale will be a performance Thursday by Paul McCartney, 48 years after the Beatles’ last scheduled concert lit up the venue.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee personally invited McCartney to close out the 54-year-old Candlestick Park last year. The concert will mark the last event to be held at the stadium, that was once home to the city’s baseball’s Giants and football’s 49ers, before it is demolished. Here is a look back on some of Candlestick Park’s most memorable moments.
In this photo taken Aug. 29, 1966, the Beatles are driven away in an armored car after performing at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Fred Pardini)
In this July 12 photo, San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, right, laughs with former owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., left, before the start of the “Legends of Candlestick” flag football game in San Francisco. The event between former San Francisco 49er greats and a team of former NFL stars captained by Hall of Famer Dan Marino was the final football game played at Candlestick Park. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
In this April 12, 1993 photo, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, left, and Tony Bennett, singer of pop standards, rehearse the National Anthem prior to the San Francisco Giants’ opening game in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
San Francisco Giants’ Barry Bonds celebrates on top of the Giants dugout after they beat the San Diego Padres to win the National League West title in San Francisco, Saturday Sept. 27, 1997. The Giants won the game, 6-1, and won their first playoff berth since 1989. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
In this Sept. 18, 1987 photo, Pope John Paul II holds mass at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Sailors struggle to control the giant flag used for opening ceremonies at the 55th All-Star game played in Candlestick Park, Tuesday, July 11, 1984, in San Francisco. The flag was unfurled at centerfield to accompany the Star Spangled Banner. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Groundskeepers tear up the pitcher’s mound as current and former members of the San Francisco Giants look on following their final game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999. The Giants lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-4, in their home of 40 years. The following season the Giants moved to the new Pacific Bell Park. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Rich Rodriguez collects dirt from the pitching mound after the Giants played their final game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco Thursday Sept. 30, 1999. (AP Photo/Bob Galbraith)
In this July 18, 1970, photo, San Francisco Giants’s Willie Mays connects with the 3,000th hit of his career, a single to left, in the second inning against the Montreal Expos at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Expos catcher John Bateman waits for pitch from teammate Mike Wegener. The umpire is Mel Steiner. (AP Photo/Robert H. Houston)