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Time Lapse: The End of an Era at the ‘Stick

| January 6, 2014
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Since April 12, 1960, fans have packed Candlestick Park for games and concerts. Vice President Richard Nixon threw out the first pitch there, the Beatles played their last concert there, and the stadium stood strong during the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.

On Dec. 23, 2013, the 49ers played their final regular season football game at the ‘Stick. But there is still one remaining scenario under which one last playoff game could be played there. For that to happen, the New Orleans Saints will have to beat the top-seeded Seattle Seahawks at Seattle next Saturday, and the 49ers (who beat Green Bay on the road yesterday 23-20 to advance) will have to beat the Carolina Panthers on the road next Sunday.

If those two things happen, the 49ers would host the Saints for the NFC title game at Candlestick the following weekend.

For now, Candlestick Park sits empty, and KQED’s tribute to the iconic stadium is this time-lapse video of the December 23rd game.  The best way to view this video is in HD.

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Lisa Pickoff-White is KQED's Senior Interactive News Producer. Her work has been honored with awards from the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Society of Professional Journalists and SXSW Interactive. Lisa specializes in visual journalism, including photography and data. Reach Lisa Pickoff-White at lpickoffwhite@kqed.org.
  • Joe Rassam

    That would be great if one more game could be played at the ‘Stick, assuming the Saints and 49ers both win this weekend.