Jed York was a fan of the 49ers before he became their CEO.
So his recollections of Candlestick Park aren’t that different from the average fan’s. There has been heartbreak to go along with heart-wrenching moments.
“My first memory wasn’t a great one; it was the loss in the ’87 playoffs to the Minnesota Vikings,” York told 49ers.com recently, “but I remember how we came back from that and won two Super Bowls back to back.
“That really is what Candlestick has meant to me: You have to be tough, you have to get through maybe not the best weather, not the best conditions, but that creates the best results.”
Before York’s Santa Clara-based, San Francisco-known team sets up shop at Levi’s® Stadium in 2014, the owner said he’s all for honoring its past 43 seasons of play at The ‘Stick.
The 49ers host the Atlanta Falcons in the regular season finale at the venue, on “Monday Night Football.” Hosting a playoff game in San Francisco remained a possibility.
“This is a very, very bittersweet game,” he said.
York named his uncle, former owner Eddie DeBartolo, as the team’s honorary captain for the Falcons game. DeBartolo presided over the 49ers comeback from defeat in ’87 to win ’88 and ’89 championships.
“It’s the right way to send Candlestick out, with three of the founding sons of the 49ers,” York said, referencing Joe Montana and Dwight Clark’s involvement in “The Catch,” which will be celebrated on Monday night. “My uncle meant so much to the 49ers for so long and all those memories that were created were created at Candlestick.
“Hopefully, we have a few more in us.”