Music - touch of grey by the Grateful Dead
Photographed in 1988 and 1992 using film. Also shot in 2011 using digital.
Kezar Stadium - Opened in 1925 and demolished in 1989. Rebuilt in 1990 as a smaller venue.
Location- 755 Stanyan Street San Francisco, California The Southeast corner of Golden Gate Park in the Haight Ashbury section of San Francisco.
Kezar Stadium has had a colorful history since it opened in 1925. In 1922, the San Francisco Park Commission accepted a $100,000 gift from the estate of Mary Kezar. The gift was intended to build a memorial in honor of Kezar's mother and uncles who were pioneers in the area. Kezar Stadium was built on the site of the old Park nursery and stable yard. Located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Kezar has hosted the NFL, soccer, countless concerts, and just about anything else you can think of. When the 49ers joined the NFL, they called Kezar home. From 1946 thru 1970, Sundays at Kezar featured the high flying 49ers. Many 49er greats called Kezar antiquated to say the least. Basically high school type locker rooms as well as having the fans right on top of you. There was chicken wire over the tunnel that lead from the locker rooms to the field. Rowdy fans would pelt both teams with anything they could find. The last 49ers game was the NFC championship game in 1970. The 49ers lost that day to the Dallas Cowboys 17-10 on January 3, 1971. Just like that, the NFL was gone forever from Kezar Stadium. One of the most memorable moments in 49er history happened on October 24, 1964. Hall of famer Jim Marshall of the Minnesota Vikings picked up a 49ers fumble and ran for a touchdown.....the WRONG way. He ended up scoring a safety for the 49ers. Cramped bathrooms, minimal concession stands, and most of all no parking were all problematic for Kezar. There was plenty of parking in Golden Gate park....but you had to hike a long way to get to the stadium. The famous ally-oop play, a pass from Y.A. Tittle to R.C. Owens were legendary. They also boasted the "million dollar backfield" which consisted of quarterback Y.A. Tittle, running backs John Henry Johnson, Joe 'the Jet" Perry and Hugh McElhenny. All four are pro football hall of famers. The capacity of Kezar was about 60,000 wind blown fans.
Even the cross bay Oakland Raiders, who were vagabonds in their early years, called Kezar home. They played here in 1960.
The movie "dirty Harry" had several scenes filmed at Kezar, most notably the late nigh foggy scene. The Scorpio killer in the movie, was a caretaker at Kezar.
The San Francisco music scene of the 60's and 70's always had concerts at Kezar. The Jefferson Airplane/Starship, the Doobie Brothers, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Quicksilver Messenger Service and countless others all played here.
Kezar suffered major structural damage as a result of the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989. The stadium was pretty much condemned and finally demolished in 1989. It has since been rebuilt to a much smaller (10,000 capacity) venue. The stadium is still Kezar but it is Bob St. Clair field, named after the legendary 49ers lineman.