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FILE - In this April 1, 1960 file photo, Candlestick Park is shown in San Francisco. Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the Catch and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events. In a bow to historical symmetry, the Stick's finale will be a performance Thursday by Paul McCartney, 48 years after the Beatles' last scheduled concert lit up the venue. (AP Photo/File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Candlestick Park, San Francisco's cold and windy workhorse stadium, is closing after more than a half-century of hosting sports, concerts and other events. Over the years, the park was home field for the Giants and 49ers and the site of some of their greatest triumphs.

But the "Stick" was also a fierce place, where whipping winds and fog from San Francisco Bay often made for chilly conditions for fans and players. The city-owned stadium is now set to be demolished for a planned housing, retail and entertainment development. Here are 10 defining moments in its history:

OPENING DAY

FILE - In this July 11, 1984 file photo, sailors struggle to control the giant flag used for opening ceremonies at the 55th All-Star game played in
FILE - In this July 11, 1984 file photo, sailors struggle to control the giant flag used for opening ceremonies at the 55th All-Star game played in Candlestick Park, Tuesday, July 11, 1984, in San Francisco. The flag was unfurled at centerfield to accompany the Star Spangled Banner. Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the Catch and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events. In a bow to historical symmetry, the Stick's finale will be a performance Thursday by Paul McCartney, 48 years after the Beatles' last scheduled concert lit up the venue. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) (Eric Risberg/AP)

— Richard Nixon was vice president. Willie Mays was a Giants slugger. Both were on hand for Candlestick's opening day April 12, 1960, with Nixon throwing out the first pitch. The reinforced concrete stadium was built for the Giants, who had moved from New York two years earlier and initially played at Seals Stadium.

BEATLES LAST LIVE CONCERT

— The Beatles held their last live concert at Candlestick in 1966. Paul McCartney apologized to the crowd for the weather, noting it was "a bit chilly."

MAYS' 3,000TH HIT

— Giants centerfielder Willie Mays joined an elite list of players with his 3,000th hit in 1970. Mays finished his career with 660 home runs, fourth on the all-time list, behind Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth.


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THE CATCH

— Quarterback Joe Montana lofted a touchdown to Dwight Clark to win the NFC championship game in January 1982 and send the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. The 49ers won that year's NFL title and four more through 1995.

PAPAL VISIT

— Pope John Paul II held a mass in 1987 for more than 70,000 people.

WORLD SERIES QUAKE

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 1989, file photo, San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky warms up against the Cincinnati Reds at Candlestick Park in San
FILE - In this Aug. 10, 1989, file photo, San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky warms up against the Cincinnati Reds at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The game marked Dravecky's return to baseball after having a cancerous tumor removed from his pitching arm. The return of Dravecky was one of the most inspirational moments in the history of Candlestick Park. Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the Catch and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events. In a bow to historical symmetry, the Stick's finale will be a performance Thursday by Paul McCartney, 48 years after the Beatles' last scheduled concert lit up the venue. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) (ERIC RISBERG/AP)

— The 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake hit as millions of TV viewers took in Game 3 of the "Bay Bridge World Series" between the Oakland Athletics and the Giants in 1989. The quake caused up to $10 billion in damage, but the park sustained only minor damage. After a 10-day postponement, the Athletics finished a sweep of the Giants.

A FOOTBALL RECORD

— 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice caught two touchdown passes from Steve Young during a 1994 game to break Jim Brown's long-held record of 126 career touchdowns.

GIANTS MOVE ON

— In the early 1990s, the Giants appeared set to move to Florida. But an ownership group committed to keeping the team in San Francisco persuaded voters to approve a new, largely privately funded park. The Giants played their last game at Candlestick in September 1999 and moved into what's now called AT&T Park the following season.

49ERS MOVE ON

— Despite multiple renovations, Candlestick's age began to show. The 49ers complained about rusty light towers, clogged concession stand drains and other maintenance problems. Unable to reach a deal on a new stadium in San Francisco, the team looked 45 miles south to Santa Clara, where the team will play in the new Levi's Stadium in Silicon Valley starting this year.

FILE - San Francisco Giants’ Barry Bonds celebrates on top of the Giants dugout after they beat the San Diego Padres to win the National League West
FILE - San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds celebrates on top of the Giants dugout after they beat the San Diego Padres to win the National League West title in San Francisco, Saturday Sept. 27, 1997. The Giants won the game, 6-1, and won their first playoff berth since 1989. Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the Catch and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events. In a bow to historical symmetry, the Stick's finale will be a performance Thursday by Paul McCartney, 48 years after the Beatles' last scheduled concert lit up the venue. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) (ERIC RISBERG/AP)

THE FINALE

— Nearly 50 years after the Beatles' last live concert, Paul McCartney will take the stage for Candlestick's final event. His "Farewell to Candlestick Park!" performance is scheduled for August 14.


FILE - In this Sept. 30, 1999 file photo, groundskeepers tear up the pitcher’s mound as current and former members of the San Francisco Giants look
FILE - In this Sept. 30, 1999 file photo, groundskeepers tear up the pitcher's mound as current and former members of the San Francisco Giants look on following their final game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the Catch and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events. In a bow to historical symmetry, the Stick's finale will be a performance Thursday by Paul McCartney, 48 years after the Beatles' last scheduled concert lit up the venue. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) (ERIC RISBERG/AP)