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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Photos: Demolition of Candlestick Park Begins

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 3:30 PM

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More than 56 years after construction broke ground at Candlestick Park, workers this week began tearing away to make way for a mall.

Demolition launched Monday and in the next couple weeks, more equipment will arrive to continue work for an estimated two months, crews said.

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What exactly does the iconic stadium, once home to the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, look like now? Rubble galore, scattered screws, and ads partially ripped from the piles of plastic chairs that tumbled their way down to the field. “It’s a demo. You don’t have to be careful,” said project site manager Jermaine Smith.

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Developer Lennar Urban switched gears last month after residents of Bayview-Hunter’s Point resisted company plans to implode the stadium and consequently release dust and debris. For added measure, crews spray water as cranes rupture concrete and metal to keep particles out of the air.

Though media is no longer granted access after today, site officials said it will walk community members through the site and brief them on the demolition process.

The ‘Stick is notorious for high winds, chilly weather and damp grass that made for more difficult playing conditions. Legendary Giants player Willie Mays even adjusted his swing to keep control of the ball and out of the wind's clutches.

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Paul McCartney closed the park with full-circle concert Aug. 14, nearly 48 years after the Beatles rocked their final show together. A mall, hotel and thousands of homes—some of which will be completed by late 2017 or early 2018—will replace the San Francisco landmark.

In November, Mayor Ed Lee announced development plans outside the park and promised community members that resulting temporary and permanent jobs would prevent them from becoming “a victim of the transformation.”

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“The whole area’s going to change dramatically,” Smith said. “Bye-bye to the memories.”

[PHOTOS BY Max Junk]

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