San Francisco’s Candlestick Park is nearly gone. Only a few sections of the 55-year-old stadium remain standing as a months-long demolition is underway, making room for a new mall and housing units. Candlestick was designed to house the New York Giants who moved to San Francisco in 1958. It was America’s first modern stadium, built entirely of reinforced concrete, with seating for 43,500 and parking for 10,000. In 1971, Candlestick also became home to the San Francisco 49ers football team, with awkward seating modifications made to accommodate the different field dimensions. The Giants moved in 2000, and the 49ers played their last game there in 2013. The stadium’s final performance was put on by Paul McCartney in 2014, a nod to the Beatles’ last concert, which took place in Candlestick Park in 1966. [35 photos total]

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A worker sprays water as a section of Candlestick Park is demolished on June 9, 2015, in San Francisco, California. The demolition of Candlestick Park, the former home of the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers, is in its final stages with approximately 75 percent of of the structure reduced to rubble. A development with a mall and housing is planned for the site. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) #
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An artist's concept of the proposed stadium for the New York Giants, should they move to San Francisco, shown on August 9, 1957. The drawing was prepared for Charles Harney who owned most of the property under consideration near Candlestick Cove on the Bay and who ultimately became the builder of the stadium. (Clarence Hamm / AP) #
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The 45,000-seat stadium being built for the San Francisco Giants, photographed on March 4, 1959. In the background is the U.S. Naval Shipyard at Hunter's Point. (Ernest K. Bennett / AP) #
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The view from the press deck underneath the balcony of Candlestick Park, future home of the Giants, showing most of the seats in place in the right field stands on August 4, 1959. Work was being rushed to have the stadium ready by World Series time, should the San Francisco club land in first place in the National League. Open frame at top of balcony is a windbreak extending all around the stadium but not yet completed. (Ernest K. Bennett / AP) #
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Candlestick Park, photographed from above on April 1, 1960, shortly before its first game. (AP) #
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More than 42,000 baseball fans fill Candlestick Park in San Francisco on opening day to watch the San Francisco Giants on April 13, 1960. (AP) #
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Tom Tresh, left, of the New York Yankees, and Willie Mays, of the San Francisco Giants, talk before first game of the World Series in San Francisco's Candlestick Park, on October 4, 1962. (AP) #
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After a night of rain and a day of drizzle, a helicopter was called into service as a blow dryer, for its fan-like effect on the damp infield at Candlestick Park, just an hour before the scheduled game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers, on May 19, 1961. The copter is shown hovering over soggy ground near first base, as players wait in dugout for workout period. (Robert H. Houston / AP) #
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This is how the World Series game between the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees looked from the air, on October 4, 1962. A crowd estimated at 45,000 jammed the stadium. New York won, 6-2. (Vargas / AP) #
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A hot dog vendor plies his wares amid a large crowd that turned out at Candlestick Park to watch the San Francisco Giants play their opening home game of the 1965 season against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 20, 1965. (AP) #
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Paul McCartney, followed by Ringo Starr and John Lennon of the Beatles, arrive by plane at San Francisco International Airport on August 29, 1966. The four-member British band was set to perform that night at Candlestick Park—a concert that would prove historic, as it turned out to be the last time the Beatles ever performed live together. (AP) #
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San Francisco Giants' Willie Mays connects with the 3,000th hit of his career, a single to left, in the second inning against the Montreal Expos at Candlestick Park on July 18, 1970. (Robert H. Houston / AP) #
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Sailors struggle to control the giant flag used for opening ceremonies at the 55th All-Star game played in Candlestick Park on July 11, 1984. (Eric Risberg / AP) #
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana drops back to fire off a pass against the New York Giants during the first half of their NFC playoff game in Candlestick Park on December 29, 1984. Montana threw three touchdown passes to lead the 49ers to a 21-10 win over the Giants. (Eric Risberg / AP) #
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Two women take shelter from the cold with a sleeping bag on the upper deck of Candlestick Park on July 9, 1985. That year, the Giants moved most of their games to midday because too few fans were willing to brave the cold summer nights at the park. (Eric Risberg / AP) #
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Members of the Oakland A’s stand and stare as Candlestick Park-goers leave the stadium in the wake of the magnitude 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake that struck the Northern California area shortly before game time, on October 17, 1989. (AP) #
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Colorado Rockies second baseman Jason Bates flies over the top of San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds as he turns a double play during the fourth inning at Candlestick Park, on June 27, 1995. (Blake Sell / Reuters) #
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San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds celebrates on top of the Giants dugout after they beat the San Diego Padres to win the National League West title in San Francisco on September 27, 1997. (Eric Risberg / AP) #
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The stadium lighting in Candlestick Park goes off before the start of the Monday Night NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 19, 2011. The game was interrupted when the power went out at Candlestick Park, after an earlier outage at the stadium, a team official said. The second outage lasted about 20 minutes before power was restored, he said. Play was stopped, but the game resumed when the lights came back on. (Robert Galbraith / Reuters) #
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San Francisco 49ers safety Dashon Goldson celebrates after recovering a fumble by Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler during the second quarter of a game on October 7, 2012. (Ben Margot / AP) #
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Fans at Candlestick Park watch during the first quarter of an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams on December 1, 2013. (Tony Avelar / AP) #
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Fireworks explode over Candlestick Park after the San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-24 on December 23, 2013, the last regular season game played at Candlestick before the team moved to a new stadium for the 2014 season. (Matt Sumner / AP) #
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Paul McCartney performs at Candlestick Park on August 14, 2014. San Francisco is saying goodbye to the stadium where its beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP) #
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Plants grow through cracks in the lower seating at Candlestick Park on December 17, 2013. (Eric Risberg / AP) #
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A general view of Candlestick Park on February 4, 2015, as a months-long demolition project began. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) #
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A pile of torn-out stadium seats sits in an empty section inside Candlestick Park on February 4, 2015, during demolition. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) #
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A pulverizer chips away at an upper deck wind baffle during the demolition of Candlestick Park on March 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) #
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A section of Candlestick Park remains standing under a tangle of concrete chunks and reinforcing bars, as demolition continues on June 9, 2015. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) #
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The entrance to the visiting team's locker room remains inside Candlestick Park during demolition on February 4, 2015. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) #
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A pile of stadium seats sits on the field inside Candlestick Park on February 4, 2015. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) #
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People look through a fence to watch the demolition of Candlestick Park on June 9, 2015, in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) #
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An excavator knocks down a section of Candlestick Park on June 9, 2015. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) #
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A section of Candlestick Park remains standing as demolition continues on June 9, 2015. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) #
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What was once the San Francisco Giants dugout still remains as demolition continues at Candlestick Park on May 14, 2015. (Eric Risberg / AP) #
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Workers spray water as a section of Candlestick Park is demolished on June 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) #

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