Let It Be Demolished: Paul McCartney Shuts Down Candlestick Park

Paul McCartney is like the Grand Canyon, or bangers and mash: There's no sexing him up. At 72, he's the rare individual for whom the phrase "living legend" feels like kind of a slight. Bigger than Jesus? Quite possibly. But how many records did Jesus ever sell, and what has he done for you lately? That's what I… » 8/15/14 1:23pm 8/15/14 1:23pm

Here's How To Sneak Into Candlestick Park

That guy in the picture above is a reader who just emailed to tell us all about how he snuck into Candlestick Park yesterday, where he hung out on the field for about a half hour without anybody noticing or caring. The key to sneaking in appears to be wearing a suit and telling security you are there for an important… » 8/01/14 2:01pm 8/01/14 2:01pm

Anatomy Of A Con: How The Public Was Scammed To Build Candlestick Park

While everyone's free to be as nostalgic as they like about Candlestick Park now that it's probably seen the end of its useful life, it's worth remembering that it wasn't only a miserable place to watch a game, but also a forerunner of the modern public financing con. The piece below, which originally ran in the San… » 12/24/13 2:51pm 12/24/13 2:51pm

Bye, Candlestick

[They played one last regular-season football game at the unlovable old pile in an unlovable corner of America's most overrated city. San Francisco's Candlestick Park—like most sports arenas, with the notable exception of the one replacing it—began life as a million-dollar swindle, and it seems only fitting that a… » 12/24/13 10:00am 12/24/13 10:00am

Russell Wilson Getting The Football Snapped Into His Ass Summed Up The…

San Francisco 13, Seattle 6: Oh, this was not for the faint of heart. Yet another low-scoring NFC West scramble for yards, points, and general attention span of all those who bore witness to this borefest. Alex Smith and Russell Wilson both threw ill-timed and sloppy INTs that could've titled the result to the other… » 10/18/12 11:59pm 10/18/12 11:59pm

Reports: 49ers Fan Stabbed Near Candlestick Park Just After Kickoff Of…

At approximately 1:35 p.m. pacific time, an individual was stabbed and seriously injured near Candlestick Park. While initially considered life-threatening, the victim is expected to survive the injuries. We received the pictured above from a tipster who claimed to be on the scene. » 10/14/12 10:38pm 10/14/12 10:38pm

Undercover Cops Will Be Wearing Giants Jerseys At Sunday's Game

The trap has been baited for the drunk and stupid. San Francisco PD will be dressed as Giants fans at Candlestick Park, the better to sniff threatening behavior on the part of the locals. After a number of Saints fans reported being verbally and physically abused last week, the Niners and the city are taking extra… » 1/20/12 5:00pm 1/20/12 5:00pm

Football In The Dark Is An Illuminating Thing

We're doing a season-long NFL roundtable with our friends at Slate. Check back here each week as a rotating cast of football watchers discusses the weekend's key plays, coaching decisions, and traumatic brain injuries. » 12/22/11 3:47pm 12/22/11 3:47pm

Aw Jeez, The Lights Are Out At Candlestick Again, A Fan Is On The…

The lights went back out in Candlestick with 12:13 left in the first half, leading a fan to conclude the time was ripe to run onto the field. Ben Roethlisberger, meanwhile, lamented James Harrison's suspension—while Harrison himself took credit for the outage. » 12/19/11 10:04pm 12/19/11 10:04pm

When The Lights Go Down In The City

The start of Monday Night Football is currently delayed due to this transformer explosion that blacked out Candlestick Park and presumably led to several copped feels. [ESPN] » 12/19/11 8:39pm 12/19/11 8:39pm

Cops, 49ers Will Work To Make Fans Less Drunk After Especially Drunken…

The annual drunk brawl between 49ers and Raiders fans took place this past weekend, and it was, historically speaking, more drunk and brawl-y than usual. In what essentially amounts to a timeout for grown-ups, both teams have requested that the NFL "indefinitely suspend" the annual preseason "Battle of the Bay" so… » 8/23/11 3:45pm 8/23/11 3:45pm

The Shootings At Candlestick Park Happened Because The NFL Doesn't Have…

Via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee: "'I think when you have a preseason game, when you don't have your regular-season ticket holders coming to the game, I think that plays a big factor into it,' 49ers president Jed York said. He said that's another reason why the NFL wants to eliminate some preseason games in… » 8/22/11 1:00pm 8/22/11 1:00pm

Two Fans Shot In Candlestick Park Parking Lot After Raiders-49ers…

We suggested some months ago that Los Angeles might have the most violent fans in America. But now—with two shootings in the Candlestick Park parking lot after last night's Raiders-49ers preseason game—it seems like all of California might have the worst fans. » 8/21/11 1:00pm 8/21/11 1:00pm