San Francisco 49ers

Steelers vs. 49ers Blackout: Candlestick Power Outages Sign 49ers Must Move

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 19:  The power goes for a second time causing a 16-minute delay before play is resumed at the 12:13 mark in the second quarter between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 20, 2011

In an odd turn, you could see plenty of egg on the proud San Francisco 49ers' faces, even though the power in the stadium went out twice. 

Candlestick Park is old, and that's a major reason its other longtime tenant moved years ago to a new stadium closer to the bay.

The San Francisco Giants couldn't take any more of the wind-swept confines of this archaic stadium, and now it may be time for the football team that has long played at Candlestick to leave as well. 

On Monday Night, the nation had its eyes transfixed on the 49ers and their aging stadium. As we all found out, this turned out to be a massive display of bad luck and ill timing.

The power in the stadium went out, not once, but twice in this marquee matchup that pretty much every NFL fan was watching on Monday Night.

The spotlight was justified as a reborn Niners team faced off against a stout Steelers squad. It was a game that mandated interest from even the most passing of fans. Instead, the main headline was how awful things have become at the iconic Candlestick Park. 

The 49ers organization has toyed with breaking ground south of Candlestick and moving the football team to Santa Clara. It's now time to fully invest time and money into that venture. 

Call it fate. Hell, call it blind dumb luck. Regardless, the power outages were a sign that the end has to be near for football at Candlestick. 

CBS San Francisco reported on Dec. 6 that the momentum was all in favor of the Niners jumping ship to land in Santa Clara after $850 million had been cleared.

After an embarrassing show of illumination, you can pretty much close the book on Candlestick. There is no bigger death knell than national humiliation. 

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