I was at the Panther game several weeks back, my first regular season game ever there. Also did a tour a few days later...
It's a POS stadium in terms of congested concession walkways, 3rd world bathrooms, traffic patterns around the field, etc.
As for the field itself, I got to walk on it on a very nice sunny day. It is like the players' have long said...."always a bit wet no matter how long it's been since rain" (thanks to the water table being too high). The converted baseball park renders a certain section of the stadium unusable for fans as the sightlines are completely blocked.
However, having said all of that......the location and weather on a nice 1 PM game was really nice, right on the water. Those overhead shots on TV right before the games start will be missed.....call me biased, but that's been the best scenery of a football stadium in the US.
And the history and what's taken place there is unreal. Only Lambeau Field could compare or beat it. For a fan of the team, walking in the old locker room and tunnel where the legends played was a surreal experience. The new stadium will be better sports facility but will probably never match Candlestick in that regard.
It's time to move on and I'm looking forward to the new stadium, Super Bowl 50 and all the other cool future events that will take place there.
Candlestick was a dump the day it was conceptualized. It was designed as a Baseball only park and the outfield was wide open to the elements. Because it was designed as a much smaller stadium with a much smaller capacity, the walkways and such are much smaller than they should have been. Even after they enclosed the stadium and added more seats, the place was still a dump and in by far the coldest place in the Bay Area. I swear, it was always 10 to 20 degrees colder in that place than in any other spot within 60 miles.
No 49er fan is going to come in here and sing the praises of Candlestick. HORRIBLE stadium. Was NEVER a nice one, even when it was brand spankin new.
I say all of that...but I'll still be sad to see the old girl go. SOOO much history. I didn't attend many games when I was young but I've seen every single 49ers game since 1987. I did get to see Willie McCoveys last game from the stands. I followed them prior to that but it wasn't until I started watching games with my father that I made the switch from fan to fanatic. Later on I started attending many more games. I was there to see Garrison Hearst run 96 yards in overtime. I was there when Bryant Young broke his leg. I was there when Vernon caught the TD pass to beat the Saints. I was there when Kap busted off a 60 yard TD run vs the Packers.
I guess what I am saying is that the topic here is kinda funny. Players don't like Candlestick? Really? This is news? NOBODY likes Candlestick. LOL. Why do you think the Giants moved? What is going to be missed is the sense of tradition.
One other note....to the guy saying they were dumb to not design it for sound to bounce around? LOL. Are you serious? Candlestick was never the homefield advantage that the CLINK is. Ya know what tho? I'm really OK with that. Historically, teams with that big homefield advantage due to noise end up fizzling in the playoffs because they aren't nearly as good a team outside their building. This isn't an insult of the Seahawks BTW because they have been good both home AND away this year. I'm speaking more in general. The Saints are a good example of one of those teams.