Candlestick Park to be demolished after '13

02/07/2013 10:27 AM ET
By Matt Hughes

Candlestick Park opened in 1960 and has hosted the 49ers since 1971.(AP)
Candlestick Park, the longtime home of the San Francisco 49ers, will be demolished following the 49ers' 2013 season. The Niners will move into a new stadium in nearby Santa Clara, Calif., for the 2014 season. 

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the stadium will be imploded within weeks of the 49ers' season finale. Development plans for a new outdoor shopping center in its place are already in motion. 

Candlestick Park is the site of some of the most memorable games in NFL history. Most notably, the 1982 NFC Championship game when Joe Montana connected with Dwight Clark for "The Catch."  In the 1991 NFC Championship game, the New York Giants upset the two-time defending Super Bowl champion 49ers in what is widely considered one of the most physical contests in NFL history. 

Baseball's San Francisco Giants played at Candlestick Park from 1960 - 2000. The Beatles' last concert was held at Candlestick Park in 1966.

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