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West - San Francisco 49ers
- Monster Park
602 Jamestown Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94124
Name: Monster Park
Home Team: San Francisco 49ers
PLAYING SURFACE: GRASS
YEAR OPENED: 1958
Originally built for the San Francisco Giants (MLB),
Monster Park has been the home of the 49ers since
1971. Talk of building a stadium in the San Francisco
area first began in 1954, when mayor George Christopher
promised to build a stadium if a major league team
would move to the area. Later in the year, a $5
million bond was issued to build a stadium. Along
with the Brooklyn Dodgers (MLB), the New York Giants
(MLB) decided to move to the west coast after the
1957 season. The Giants moved to San Francisco,
while the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. Two locations
for a new stadium in San Francisco were discussed.
One in downtown, and one at Candlestick Point. The
site at Candlestick Point, located near the San
Francisco Bay, was chosen because of the price of
land. Construction on the stadium began in August
of 1958. Immediately after construction began, problems
arose. Neighbors complained about numerous things,
grand juries investigated irregular funding in the
stadium, seats were delayed being installed because
of a Teamster strike, and the stadium was called
a fire trap. However, the stadium was completed.
The stadium was named Candlestick Park, after its
location. The Giants played the first game ever
at Candlestick Park was on April 20, 1961. In September
2004, Candlestick Park was renamed Monster Park
after Monster Cable Products Inc. purchased the
naming rights for four years.
When it opened, Monster Park had around 45,000
seats. While the Giants were playing at Monster
Park, the 49ers were playing at Kezar Stadium. The
49ers had played at Kezar Stadium since 1946. After
only several years of existence, Candlestick Park
began to deteriorate. At one point the mayor of
San Francisco proposed that a new $50 million stadium
be built in the downtown area, but his idea was
dropped. However, the city spent $16.1 million in
1971 to improve and make the stadium multipurpose,
where the San Francisco 49ers (NFL) would also play.
Monster Park was enclosed, increasing the seating
capacity to 59,000, retractable seats were added
in right field to allow the conversion to a football
field, and the grass field was replaced by Astroturf.
The 49ers played their first game at Monster Park
on October 10, 1971. Very few changes have taken
place since 1971 at Candlestick Park. In 1979, the
Astroturf was replaced by grass. In 1995, Candlestick
Park was renamed 3 Com Park after 3 Com Corp. bought
the naming rights. After the 1999 MLB season, the
San Francisco Giants moved into SBC Park. Since
then, the 49ers have had the stadium to them self.
After the 2001 NFL season, 3 Com Park was renamed
Candlestick Park and is now known as Monster Park.
The 49ers continue to sell out every game. However
the team hopes to move into a new stadium in the
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Began: August 1958
Opened: August 20, 1961 (MLB), October 10, 1971
Cost: $24 Million
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