Farewell to Candlestick

After 41 years of producing entertainment on the Candlestick Park field, it was an emotional evening when e2k produced the closing ceremonies for this historic venue. E2k Founder, Michael Olmstead produced his first halftime show for the NFL play-off game against the Dallas Cowboys in 1972.  Bing Crosby was the star talent. The Farewell to Candlestick game featured several magical moments from the return of Willie Mays and Willie McCovey to the site of many of their great games, the presentation of Dwight Clark with a piece of stadium turf that he made so famous in 1981, and the spectacular post game ceremony.

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Hosted by ESPN’s Chris Berman, began with a performance by Boyz II Men singing, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” and “End of the Road.” The journey down memory lane included appearances by 49ers greats Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Roger Craig and Terrell Owens.  In a powerful symbolic gesture, former 49ers owner, Eddie DeBartolo presented the game ball to 49ers CEO, and his nephew, Jed York.  In the end, the stadium lights went dark, one bank at a time, to the sounds of Journey singing, “. . .when the lights go down in the City. . .”

Congratulations to producer, Lorie Murphy, and the entire e2k team who closed Candlestick in true e2k style.

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