We knew this moment was coming.
We said our goodbyes to Candlestick Park months ago -- feeling the smooth plastic seats beneath us, or swigging the final beer at a tailgate, or even giving the stadium a nostalgic glance from 101.
But still, to see the long-armed excavating machine tear into the steel bleachers, biting off a big chunk of Section 33 -- we can't help but wince a little.
Crews started tearing down the stadium this week and are expected to finish in three to four months.
After that The 'Stick will be only a memory.
KQED captured this time lapse of the last regular-season 49ers game at Candlestick Park.