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Candlestick Park was an outdoor sports and entertainment stadium located in San Francisco, California , in the Bayview Heights area. The stadium was originally built as the home of Major League Baseball 's San Francisco Giants , who played there from 1960 until moving into Pacific Bell Park (since renamed AT&T Park ) in 2000. It was also the home field of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League from 1971 to 2013. The 49ers moved to Levi's Stadium (located in Santa Clara, California ) before the beginning of the 2014 NFL season .

Not long after its opening it became apparent that the weather would play a factor into many games played at Candlestick Park. Although it could be a nice, warm sunny day at the ballpark, it could also be very windy. Once the sun set, the temperatures dropped and fog was present sometimes. Half of Candlestick Park’s seats were originally to be heated, but because the piping was placed to deep into the cement, the radiant heating never worked. It could get so windy at Candlestick Park, that at the 1961 All-Star Game, Stu Miller was blown off balance by a gust of wind.

In terms of design, Candlestick Park stood out in two ways: The curvature of the grandstand arc behind home plate was extremely broad, almost as big as the Giants' old home in the Polo Grounds , in fact. Second, the first deck extended way out beyond the left field fence and made a broad arc toward center field. This design resembled a football oval and was probably intended to lure the San Francisco 49ers to play there, but this didn't happen until 11 years after it opened. The stadium design was certainly ill-suited to baseball fans, who had to sit far away from the action.

The architect who designed Candlestick Park was John Bolles of Chin & Hensolt. The construction was done by Charles Harney at the cost of $15 million to the city of San Francisco.


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