Farewell to Candlestick? – by Brad Mangin

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Instagram of the interior of Candlestick Park with fans during the game between the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

San Francisco Bay Area sports photographer Brad Mangin looks back on his career shooting in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park that’s due to be demolished after this year’s NFL season.

When I bailed on a boring football game Sunday afternoon near the end of the 3rd quarter and made my way out of the nightmare that is the parking lot on Candlestick Point I wondered if I was making my last escape from the “pigsty” by the bay. The San Francisco 49ers were on their way to a disappointing 10-9 loss to the visiting Carolina Panthers. They will be teeing it up next year in a sparkling new palace an hour or so south in Santa Clara. Candlestick Park will be nothing more than a memory.

I don’t shoot much football anymore, but contrary to popular belief I can still make a decent football frame every once in awhile, despite the good-natured kidding I get from my photographer friends on the rare occasion that I show up to shoot a 49er game. “What are YOU doing here?” is the question I get when people see me before a game. This happened over and over this past Sunday when I got a last-minute credential and showed up at The Stick before the ballgame on a bright, sunny day in San Francisco.

Continue reading and see more photos on Brad’s blog.

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Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers kneels on the sidelines during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on November 9, 1986 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

 

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Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers is grabbed by A.J. Klein #56 of the Carolina Panthers during the game at Candlestick Park on November 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

 

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Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers walks the sidelines during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Candlestick Park on November 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

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