Workers began removing seats well before demolition began. Anya Schultz/KQED
Workers began removing seats well before demolition began. (Anya Schultz/KQED)

Photos: One Last Look As Candlestick Park Demolition Begins

Photos: One Last Look As Candlestick Park Demolition Begins

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.

For a while there, it even felt like a goodbye tour that would never end. There was the last 49ers game, a Legends of Candlestick Game  and, finally, the Paul McCartney concert.

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.

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After that The 'Stick will be only a memory.

 

Candlestick Park is in the process of being demolished. (Anya Schultz/KQED)
Some of the bleachers are already down to bare concrete. (Anya Schultz/KQED)
Candlestick Park is in the process of being demolished. (Anya Schultz/KQED)
Some seats from Candlestick park were sold last summer -- $749 for a pair. Money raised through the sales benefited San Francisco Recreation and Park's Scholarship Fund.  (Anya Schultz/KQED) (Anya Schultz/KQED)
Candlestick Park is in the process of being demolished. (Anya Schultz/KQED)
The land will be used for new housing, shopping and a hotel. (Anya Schultz/KQED)
Candlestick Park is in the process of being demolished. (Anya Schultz/KQED)
The demolition will take  three to four months. (Anya Schultz/KQED) (Anya Schultz/KQED)
Candlestick Park is in the process of being demolished. (Anya Schultz/KQED)
Machines 20 times as tall will be seen working outside the structure in the next couple of weeks. (Anya Schultz/KQED) (Anya Schultz/KQED)
Candlestick Park is in the process of being demolished. (Anya Schultz/KQED)
Last month officials called off plans to blow up Candlestick, after the neighbors complained that it would send dust raining down on their homes. (Anya Schultz/KQED)

KQED captured this time lapse of the last regular-season 49ers game at Candlestick Park.