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The Roar of the Void: Fans Revel in a Tour of an Empty Stadium 

Wednesday, Feb 26 2014

Anyone who's ever shown up for a home game when the team is on the road has been forced to search for silver linings. It's not easy. Parking is a breeze, though. Huh — there's one!

Legions of San Franciscans, however, still flock to Candlestick Park, where the next opponent figures to be the wrecking ball. Twice-daily tours are offered of the city-owned stadium by the Recreation and Park Department.

Tickets run $18. Yes, this is nearly four times what it cost to sit in The 'Stick's old center-field bleachers. Sports fans, especially of the caliber that would pay good money to tour an empty ballpark, know this. So it's a good sign that online reviews of the Candlestick tour are, like the Niners' 1994-5 season, rather transcendent. Writes one typically exuberant participant: "BRING A CAMERA, TAKE LOADS OF PICS, MAKE YOUR FUTURE KIDS HELLA JEALOUS EVEN THOUGH THEY WILL THINK IT'S WEIRD THAT A SPORTING STADIUM IS CALLED A CANDLESTICK."

Rec and Park also offers a virtual tour of the stadium. Soon enough, that'll be all that's left. In the meantime, tickets are still available for the real thing.

Your kids will be hella jealous.

About The Author

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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