Reliving the Best Moments at Candlestick Park Before Final Game on Monday Night

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Reliving the Best Moments at Candlestick Park Before Final Game on Monday Night
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Candlestick Park has hosted so many events that have left attendees stunned, it’s truly difficult to put into words what all of those happenings have collectively meant over its 50-year lifespan. How do you describe not one, but a barrage of moments that left you speechless?

The ‘Stick is very mythical that way. 

Sports, music and world history are all tied into this one venue that has been standing on an 82-acre site in San Francisco since 1960. It’s made it one of the more treasured stadiums in the U.S. Truth be told, there’s probably been more emotions felt than touchdowns scored at the park.

Its influence extends way beyond the teams it’s housed over the years.

Sure, Jerry Rice eclipsing Jim Brown’s touchdown record is a prolific moment, yet it could’ve happened on the road and it would’ve meant the same. The infamous goal-line stand versus the Philadelphia Eagles and the razzle dazzle scramble by quarterback Steve Young versus the Minnesota Vikings also rank up there.

But the arena itself has symbolized so much more.

All that being said, tonight it’s finally time to say goodbye. As it were, this evening’s game between the home team San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons marks the last game of any kind in the stadium’s history, pending a miracle finish by the Niners this season (which would only be fitting with what you’re about to read).

It is the last chapter to be written before the 49ers, who have won more games at the 'Stick than any team at its home stadium in NFL history (via 49ers.com's Taylor Price), head south to Santa Clara where Levi's Stadium is scheduled to be ready for their 2014 season. 

So, we’re going to do our best to capture the moments that personified Candlestick Park, while ranking the all-time moments in its history.

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