As the San Francisco 49ers prepare for what could be the team’s final game at Candlestick Park Monday night, fans came to the stadium Sunday to say goodbye.
Many people took pictures from the parking lot and reminisced about their favorite memories at the 53-year-old stadium.
“It’s a little bit of a relic, but it’s still standing,” said Eder Diego, who drove from Chico to pay his respects. “More than just a building. More than just a stadium. It’s a home.”
Merced resident Ray and Maria Giampaoli drove their RV to Candlestick to attend Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Giampaolis have been coming to 49ers games since the 1950’s and because they’re season ticket holders they’ll be able to buy their seats at the stadium and take them home.
“I get attached to things and I don’t like to leave them,” said Maria Giampaoli. “I’ve gone through so many players so much history’s been here, I don’t know if I’ll see it again.”
Barring an unlikely 49ers playoff game at Candlestick, Monday night’s contest will be the last game ever played at the stadium.
San Francisco Police said security will be especially tight, with more officers than ever before patrolling the stadium. Undercover officers will be dressed in both 49ers and Falcons uniforms.
Police are warning fans not to try taking home any “makeshift memorabilia,” because officers will be on the lookout for anyone who attempts to steal pieces of the stadium.