For many, including this author, Candlestick is a love-hate relationship.
I will not miss the freezing cold stadium while the rest of the Bay Area endured a late-summer heat wave. Nor will I miss the parking lot fiasco that followed nearly every game.
Those troughs in the men's restrooms? Goodbye and good riddance.
Candlestick Park may have earned its "dump" moniker, but as famed 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark recently noted via Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, "It was our dump."
Nobody can take that away from San Francisco 49ers and Giants fans, nor can they take away the plethora of memories, both big and small, that encompass this historic stadium.
"Respect the Stick" is all that needs to be said.
After attending the final regular-season matchup between the 49ers and Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football back on December 23, I decided to draw up my nominations for the best sports moments at the Stick. Perhaps it will alleviate my depression at knowing the stadium where I spent a childhood would be no more.
Clearly, there are too many worthy events to be included on a ten-piece slideshow. My own first Candlestick memory was a Giants game back in 1985 when I was five years old. I cannot remember who the Giants were playing nor who won or lost, but I do remember eating way too many chocolate malts.
I am sure every San Francisco fan can share similar tales.
This list, as it is limited to sports, will not include the last Beatles concert back in 1966 or Pope John Paul II's visit in 1987. This list shall remain primarily focused on the 49ers with some Giants moments as well.
What determines the criteria? That is simple—the magnitude of the moments in question.
I am positive that there are hundreds of these moments.
Here are the ten best.