- Associated Press - Sunday, August 10, 2014

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

- 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.

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

- 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

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