Thursday, September 6, 2007
Updated: January 25, 1:55 PM ET
Monster Park San Francisco
By Tony Guadagnoli
Special to ESPN SportsTravel
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WEEK 1: ARIZONA AT SAN FRANCISCO; SEPT. 10, 10:15 p.m. ET
• Stadium name: Monster Park
• Address: 490 Jamestown Ave., San Francisco, CA 94124
• Capacity: 64,450
• Opened: 1960 (for Giants); 49ers first played here in 1971.
• Surface: Grass
• Distance from downtown San Francisco: The stadium is located in on Candlestick Point on the San Francisco Bay, about eight miles from downtown San Francisco.
• Web sites: Stadium | Virtual tour | Directions
• Parking: Plenty of ample parking is available $25 for automobiles, $40 for RVs. Web site
• Alternative transportation options: Taking a bus or train is not a bad idea, considering the Giants also will be home Monday night and traffic will be heavy. Web site
• Unique stadium features: Well, if you like windy conditions, this is the place for you. Almost all locals still refer to the stadium as Candlestick Park or just The Stick, its name for more than a decade. The stadium has no banners or retired jerseys or displays honoring the likes of Montana, Rice, Young, Lott or the rest from the five-time Super Bowl champions. The field was renamed Bill Walsh Field in honor of the legendary 49ers coach who died July 30.
• W-L records on Monday night:
Arizona: 5-11-1 .323 (Most recent appearance: lost to Chicago 24-23, Oct. 16, 2006)
San Francisco: 37-22. 627 (Most recent appearance: Beat Pittsburgh 30-14, Nov. 17, 2003)
• Biggest events held at stadium: Hard to top the 1989 earthquake just before Game 3 of the Bay Area World Series between the Giants and Oakland Athletics, which took on a surreal atmosphere. The Series was delayed 10 days. The Beatles also performed their last live commercial concert here on Aug. 29, 1966.
• Stadium tour info: No guided tours available, but try City of San Francisco Engineer's Office at 415-467-1994 for information.
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• Seating chart
FOOD & DRINK
• Food options inside the stadium: This is where Monster Park shines. Everything from Mexican to seafood and barbecue beef brisket and pork, along with the traditional fare. Garlic fries are a standout feature, as well.
• Tailgating scene outside the stadium: Plenty of red and gold around the parking lot and most fans are cordial and will even let you sample their food (chowder) and drink (wine) fare. Faithful City is located in the main parking lot between Gates 3 and 4, and features interactive games, food and merchandise. It opens to all ticket holders three hours before kickoff. The Bud Light Goldmine is located inside F Plaza. It also opens to all ticket holders three hours before kickoff, and features NFL games on large screen TVs, interactive games, face painting and stadium concessions, as well as photo and autograph opportunities with team alumni and Gold Rush cheerleaders.The team provides a suggested tailgate setup for stadium parking lots: See Web site.
• Beer selection/prices: A large offering is available. Besides the domestics, Monster Park offers Gordon Biersch, Red Hook, Heineken, Corona and Leinenkugel, among others. A 14-ounce cup is $5.25 and a 20-ouncer is $8. A 16-ounce bottle is $8.25. Plastic bottles are $8 and glass bottles (poured in a cup) are $7.
• Selected San Francisco-area restaurants and sports bars:
Restaurant Gary Danko
800 N. Point St. (Fisherman's Wharf, at Hyde Street)
San Francisco, CA 94109
Located three miles north of downtown San Francisco, Gary Danko is one of San Francisco's, and the nation's, top restaurants. Food can be pricy.
Magnolia Pub & Brewery
1398 Haight St. (Haight)
San Francisco, CA 94117
With a brewery in its basement, its support of sustainable agriculture and local farms and businesses, and its generous sprinkling of Grateful Dead references from its very name to the "Jack Straw," "Eyes of the World" and "Brokedown Palace" lyrics on its Web site Magnolia is a pub-crawler's extension of the hippie heyday in Haight-Ashbury.
600 Third Street (just north of AT&T Park)
San Francisco, CA 94107
Features 20 TVs, good chili and Thai food.
1568 Haight Street (between Ashbury and Clayton streets)
San Francisco, CA 94117
Irish pub with Irish patrons, Irish beer and food and Irish (not necessarily Notre Dame) "football."