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Paul McCartney concert closes out Candlestick Park in San Francisco

(Associated Press)

Nearly 48 years to the day after the Beatles’ last scheduled concert took place at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Paul McCartney closed out the stadium with a concert on Thursday night. The stadium, which was the home field for the San Francisco Giants until 1999 and the San Francisco 49ers until last season, will be demolished to make way for a housing, retail and entertainment complex.

The stadium, which opened in 1960, was known for its chilly, foggy, damp playing conditions thanks to its location on the western shore of San Francisco Bay. At the 1961 MLB All-Star Game, Giants pitcher Stu Miller was famously blown off the mount by a gust of wind.

Among the other iconic moments at the park was “The Catch,” when the 49ers’ Dwight Clark snared a six-yard touchdown pass from Joe Montana to give San Francisco a 28-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981-82 NFC championship game.

In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck just before the Giants and Oakland Athletics were scheduled to play Game 3 of that year’s World Series.

During a 2011 “Monday Night Football” game between the 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the lights went out twice because of a transformer explosion near the stadium.

Over at Sports on Earth, Robert Weintraub has a number of other standout moments from the 49ers’ run at the Stick.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.



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