Stadium #18
Candlestick Park
San Francisco,  CA
Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers Stadium
September 7, 2008
23 - 13 Loss

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  Stadium Vitals
Built: 1959
Capacity: 70,207 seats
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
Draft Beer: $7.75
Hot Dog: $7.00
Stadium Parking: $25.00
Candlestick Park
Stadium Address

602 Jamestown
San Francisco, CA 94124
(408) 562-4949
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Stadium Review
- "Monster" No More

The San Francisco 49er dynasties of the 1980's solidified my love of the game of professional football.   Watching Super Joe direct game winning drive after game winning drive, as the west coast offense took the league by storm, created a new appreciation for a sport that was introduced to me by my father on a living room couch in Buffalo, NY. Almost three decades later, my love of the game has only intensified as it currently plays out in this three year attempt at super fandom that I call the Quest for 31. So attending a game in the home of the team that started it all, and returning the name "Candlestick Park" to this great venue was indeed a unique thrill for me. Entering the hallowed halls of Candlestick Park, one can't help but feel the tangible ghosts of Super Bowl greatness reaching back from the beyond to be rekindled. But our experience starts in the parking lot outside of Candlestick Park at 8:30am in the morning on Sunday, September 7, 2008. It's Week one of the NFL regular season and two football fans from Detroit have arrived to kickoff the 2008 Quest for 31.


On this weekend, Candlestick Park was to become stadium #18 on my quest and I can't think of a better venue with which to open the season. Arriving early at Candlestick Park has it's privileges. If you can get there before 10:00am, you can park anywhere you like. Arriving after ten, ensures that you will be placed where they like. Anyway, arriving early, myself and my frat brother Marion were primed and ready for the bay area tailgating experience with a double header NFL weekend including a visit to McAfee Coliseum on Monday Night. As we began unpacking the car to raise my brand new Quest for 31 flag, we were immediately approached by several neighboring Niner fans eager to learn about the Quest. Upon explanation, the traditional and always unexpected offer of a beer prompted entrance into the multiple tailgating parties that surrounded us as the full sized grills and coolers packed full of beer were already staged as if awaiting our arrival. It all began with Chef Chuck who was preparing bacon wrapped foodstuffs that would surely be the cause of my next coronary. Chef Chuck grilled up some excellent shrimp skewers individually wrapped with strips bacon to prepare his guest for the main course, succulent bacon wrapped filet mignon. The veteran savvy of Niner tailgaters shined through as we saw racks of ribs, every manner of seafood imaginable, and chowder pots percolating all over the lot as weekend grillers and even professional chefs made appearances in Candlestick Park. Our main tailgating experience was being provided by the fine folks at, the premiere fan forum for information on your San Francisco 49ers. they had marinated chicken, all forms of beer, and all the dogs, burgers, and sides we could hope for ... another amazing spread.

Come game time, it was off to Candlestick Park to watch the San Francisco 49er season opener.  I have to say that not since Qwest Field in Seattle have I seen the variety of concessions that were available at Candlestick.  Niner fans have microbrews on tap (a huge plus as one can only drink so much Bud Light), veggie burgers and portabella mushroom sandwiches, garlic fries, and a wide variety of sausages that can be purchased at what were comparatively reasonable prices. I had a massive ˝ pound Polish sausage with sauerkraut and a sourdough bread bowl of clam chowder. Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, a Bay Area creation, is also served at Candlestick Park, concession stands, so they definitely get points for offering some local flavor. Our seats were great as there doesn't appear to be a bad set in the place. I got my tickets through, a great online ticket broker I found over the NFL offseason. The game itself was not so great as the debut of Mike Martz's offense yielded less than optimal results. Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals outshined the 49ers in their home opener handing them a 23 - 13 loss as the Niner Defense was bested by Warner and the boys and the Niner offense had JT O'Sullivan running for his life the entire game. The evening closed out with a couple more beers with the folks from as the Niner faithful slowly filed out of the parking lot, but Candlestick Park was everything I hoped it would be. A return trip is definitely in the works.

For more information on the city of San Francisco, California check out my other reviews by clicking on the links below:
     NFL: San Francisco 49ers, Candlestick Park Stadium Tour

City of San Francisco Local Information  
Top Tourist Attractions:
Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz Island, Duck Boat Tour of the Bay
Golden Gate Bridge
Ashbury & Haight District
Muir Woods (Redwood Forest)

Local Foods:
Local Seafood
Clam Chowder with crab meat

What They're Drinkin':
Anchor Steam, Fat Tire

Tailgating Hotspots:

Local Sports Media:
San Francisco Chronicle
Popular Bar Districts:

Best Restaurants:

Fan Resources:
Pocket Map of San Francisco
Stadium Policy
Stadium Parking Map
Fan Forum -

Getting to the Stadium:
Candlestick Park is located outside of the downtown area.  Your best bet is to drive in on gameday for a day of tailgating in the lot rather than try to take a bus into the stadium.

Where To Stay:
With so much to see and do in the City of San Francisco, I suggest staying in the downtown area or near Fisherman's Wharf.  this will give you easy access to the tourist trap attractions, but you can still get to Candlestick Park on Gameday.

Planning Your Next Trip to see the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park?
Traveling to all thirty-one stadiums around the National Football League, teaches you a thing or two about getting the most for your money.  I've set up this website to help others that are interested in NFL Travel.  Below you'll find links for cheap San Francisco 49ers tickets, stadium seating charts, and local weather, for everything you need to plan a successful trip to the infamous Candlestick Park.

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Chef Chuck with bacon wrappped barbecuing   I need another beer over here   2005 Tailgaters of the Year
Professional setup here   The 49ers Fanzone   Not sure why they have a watchtower ...
Chef Glenn Hammer   49er great, CB Eric Wright -and he's frat!   Chef Chuck and the Boys - real die hards!
The fine folks at   Lovin' that Quest for 31 Flag   Some die hard Tailgaters here
Great shot of Candlestick Park   Ready for some football!   These seats are high ...
Great shot of the field   Hoping for a comeback   Marion and I  - Where's the beer?
One last look...   The fans have filed out - Loss this time   Stadium #18 Candlestick Park
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From: 49er Rich & Kat
Sent: Friday, January 2, 2009 09:17:02 EST
  Your site is awesome!!!!!! My wife and I are season ticket holders with the 49ers, and we have decided to begin our journey over the next few years to visit every stadium in the nfl to watch a game!! starting with the stadiums that may not be used anymore. I really ienjoyed seeing your flag and am excited to create my own!! If you do come back Candlestick it would be gret to meet you and get some advice about tickets or other tips you have learned along the way that would be helpful for us! Thanks again Rich
From: BigRon from SF
Sent: Sunday, September 21, 2008 23:09:09 EST
  Good to have met you. I hope your trip thru the 31 is all you want it to be. Good luck on the trip. BigRon
From: Gil from SF
Sent: Monday, September 8, 2008 21:49:28 EST
  Have a safe trip. Hope ya liked the baconshrimp.

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