San Francisco Giants owner Bob Lurie made it official yesterday that his team would play the 1986 season in Candlestick Park, despite vowing at the end of last season that the Giants had played their last game in the much-maligned stadium.
"Last October, I believed nothing could convince me to stay at Candlestick Park for another year," Lurie said in a statement released by the team.
"Two things have occurred which have caused me to change my mind: First, I firmly believe an agreement is within reach that will lead to construction of a new downtown stadium; second, new president and general manager Al Rosen and new manager Roger Craig have brought a promise of excitement to the team that (San Francisco) bay area fans deserve to see."
"I'm delighted to hear the news that the Giants will remain at Candlestick Park for the 1986 season," said Mayor Dianne Feinstein. "Let's all wish the team a great year."
The Giants finished the 1985 season with a 62-100 record, worst in franchise history and third worst in the major leagues last season.
Lurie, who purchased the Giants in 1976, put them on the block after the 1984 season, then took them off the market last winter. He's been involved for months in discussions with city officials and others on a variety of schemes to replace Candlestick with a downtown stadium.