LOCATION: San Francisco 49ers Candlestick Park. San Francisco, California.
This post is part of my San Diego/San Francisco trip series. This is the end of the series.
I’ve seen many tours of stadiums online before, but never where you could walk out onto the actual field. Troy’s favorite team is the 49ers and when I saw they did tours on the field, it made it a win-win situation for both of us. Sorry Minnesota Vikings!
The San Francisco 49ers play at Candlestick Park in South San Francisco. Originally the stadium was used by the San Francisco Giants and is the only NFL Stadium that began as a baseball only facility. The 49ers have been currently building a new stadium and will tear this one down at the end of the season. I was happy that I could tour the field and take Troy to see his favorite team’s field before it would only be a memory.
We were able to go in the luxury boxes and into the locker room. Each location topped the last.
One particularly cool thing was being able to walk down the same hallway onto the field as the players.
It was dark, drab and smelled bad from never refurbishing the carpet once in the time it has been there. But, it was the smell of their great successes and their defeats. The history of the game was imprinted in that hallway. As you round the corner towards the field we were able to tap the same plaque just as the players do on game days.
The plaque was a dedication to Bill Walsh, a former head coach. After tapping the plaque, we were welcomed by the lush green field. We both expected to have limited access to the green but were surprised that we could basically go everywhere.
We ran up and down the goal line imitating different football moves and soaking in the large stadium from the player’s view. Being on the field was amazing and can make anyone a fan of the game. I’m happy to say that I was able to run around on a field with such rich history that will soon be a memory after December 23, 2013. Guess I’ll have to make another trip to San Francisco to tour the new stadium soon!
*Thank you Troy for accompanying me on this adventure.
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN? Seriously one of the best inside tours I’ve ever done. Highly organized and great views!
HOW TO DO THIS: Tours conducted at various times. $18