By Barry Janoff
December 23, 2013: True to form, San Francisco is not going to let Candlestick Park fade to black without some protest.
Candlestick Park opened in 1960, built at cost of $32 million. The San Francisco 49ers played their first game their in 1971, but are schedule to move into the $1.2 billion Levi's Stadium for the 2014 NFL season.
It has been known as 3Com Park at Candlestick Point (1995-2002), San Francisco Stadium (2002-02) and Monster Park (2004-08). It's nickname is "The Stick."
The final regular season game the 49ers will play at Candlestick Park is tonight, Dec. 23, against the Atlanta Falcons,
The game is sold out, meaning more than 69,000 in attendance, but will be seen nationally on ESPN's Monday Night Football.
Those in attendance will be feted with in-stadium events and activations, and will leave with goodies including a pennant commemorating the "Final Regular Season Game at Candlestick Park," bags of Blue Diamond almonds and coupons for two free tacos from Jack in the Box.
SAP, which has become a founding partner at Levi's Stadium, has been hosting a Web site that recounts the greatest moments in Candlestick Park history.
A halftime show will utilize everyone the stadium, who will be given pre-designated color glow sticks to use for a light show.
And if buying habits remain true to form, the concession stands will be busy. According to the team, sold on average during a Niners game are: 18,750 hot dogs, 17,250 sodas, 6,600 hamburgers, 5,600 garlic fries, 3,750 bags of peanuts, and 1,750 ice cream bars
Although the Niners have appeared in six Super Bowls, winning five, the Big Game has never been played in Candlestick Park. The closest was Super Bowl XIX, when the 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins.
Levi's Stadium earlier this year was tapped to host the NFL's historic Super Bowl L, to be played in February 2016.
Among the other tidbits of information surrounding the end of the Candlestick Park era:
• Candlestick Park's address: 602 Jamestown Avenue.
• The Beatles' final live tour concert took place there on Aug. 29, 1966.
• Several events are being planned for Candlestick Park before it is taken down, including races and concerts. Officials are trying to get Paul McCartney to play the last concert there.
• The stadium is scheduled to be replaced by a shopping mall.
• Seats from Candlestick Park will be sold for $795 a pair, with the proceeds going toward youth programs put on by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. The seats will be removed from the stadium in late 2014 or early 2015.
• Among the movies using Candlestick Park as a location include: Experiment in Terror (Glenn Ford, Lee Remick, Stephanie Powers, 1962), Freebie and the Bean (James Caan, Alan Arkin, 1973), The Enforcer (Clint Eastwood, 1976), Getting Even with Dad (Ted Danson, Macaulay Culkin, 1994), The Fan (Robert Di Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin 1996), A Smile Like Yours (1997), The Pursuit of Happyness (Will Smith, Jaden Smith, 2006) and Contagion (Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, 2011).
A Web site, powered by SAP (also a founding partner in Levi's Stadium), Facebook and Instagram destinations and a Twitter hash tag (#FarewellCandlestick) have been set up for people to share their Candlestick Park stories.