Candlestick Park To Remain Open Through '14, With Demolition Likely In Early '15
S.F. Recreation & Park Department officials plan to keep Candlestick Park fully staffed for another year at an annual budget of $5.9M "as they try to line up a series of closing events in the coming months," according to Matier & Ross of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Officials "are eyeing everything from high-level exhibition soccer matches to celebrity games featuring past Giants and 49ers stars, to a 'community day' open house." Crews "have already replaced the 140 or so seats that were ripped out by souvenir-hungry fans Dec. 23 after the 49ers' final home game" against the Falcons. Stadium developer Lennar Urban Regional VP Kofi Bonner said that all of the logistics involved with determining how to knock down the facility "will probably push the demolition date to early next year." He added that it will be another year after that "before any new buildings start rising on the site" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 1/22).