Candlestick in 2006 (Paul R. Kucher IV/Wikimedia Commons)
After the primary 12 kilovolt overhead distribution line that powers Candlestick Park snapped just outside the stadium shortly before the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers' clash on Monday Night Football back in December, leaving the entire stadium in near darkness, is there any question that Candlestick Park—cold, windy, muddy, remote and outdated Candlestick Park—needs to meet the wrecking ball?
The story goes that, in 1958, San Francisco Giants owner Horace Stoneham, having just moved his team west from New York, was scoping out a location for his team's new ballpark and eventually decided on Candlestick Point after being kept from the site during the time of day when the prevailing winds rushed from the Pacific Ocean, across San Francisco Peninsula and eventually reached the location of what would be the Giants' home for 40 seasons.
Candlestick Park opened in 1960, initially not entirely enclosed by bleachers and with views across the Bay. But when the NFL's San Francisco 49ers moved in for the 1971 season, the stadium was enclosed entirely with an upper deck of stands, causing Candlestick's infamous winds to begin swirling inside the ballpark.
Today, Candlestick Park is badly outdated, survived minor structural damage caused by the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989, has an entire section of stands empty for each game due to being blocked by the convertible grandstand and feels like a cold, wet swamp.
Now, the stadium is literally falling apart, with power lines snapping during national telecasts (even if it was Jed York with wire cutters).
Hopefully the 49ers' soon-to-be-former home will survive Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants.