Candlestick Park Stadium

A permit for the mechanical demolition of Candlestick Park Stadium was issued to Lennar on Tuesday, a permit which would require the exclusive use of heavy machinery, and no explosives, in the demo.

While Lennar has also requested a permit to implode the upper decks of the Stadium and then clear the rest mechanically, health concerns raised by members of the public and an ongoing environmental review by the City will likely put the kibosh on the use of any explosives.

That being said, a draft air quality and health risk analysis of the proposed stadium implosion suggests little risk for the surrounding community as long as the wind was “blowing to the east at a speed of at least 2.2 miles per hour” (sorry East Bay) at the time of the implosion.

The Stadium is currently being cleared of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead based paint, and PCBs in an abatement process which should be completed by the end of the month and after which the soft demolition of the stadium’s nonstructural and recyclable materials will commence.

Whether or not an implosion occurs will likely come down to timing.  And if the Stadium is ready to be razed before the completion of the City’s environmental review is complete, don’t be surprised to see the heavy machinery start rolling in.

In either case, Candlestick should be completely leveled within 150 days of the demo team being told to proceed, clearing the way for Lennar’s big plans for Candlestick Point to proceed.

UPDATE:  Lennar has confirmed that the stadium will be demolished by way of wrecking ball and the developer is abandoning its application for an implosion permit.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by SFSquee

    Didn’t Jed York already finish this job? Oh wait, he only imploded the 49ers, not Candlestick…

    • Posted by moto mayhem

      who cares about the 49ers anymore. they are in the south bay. not driving 2.5 hours on game day to see them. would love for SF to get a team

      • Posted by cfb

        It doesn’t take 2.5 hours to drive to santa clara from SF

        • Posted by GoldenBear

          You clearly haven’t been to a game yet. It might take that long just to get out of the parking lot when the game is over.

          • Posted by Turin

            No it doesn’t. Don’t make things up.

          • Posted by Dewayne

            ingress/egress was a lot better the last few games than it was earlier in the season. Seems like they made the necessary adjustments.

        • Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

          And unfortunately public transit isn’t any better due the infamous inability of regional agencies to cooperate.

        • Posted by Spencer

          I went to a game midsession and it took me 3 hrs from PAC heights to the stadium door to door. My friend took public transit from emeryville to meet me and it took him over 3 hrs as well, it was well under 45 min for to door to candlestick. They are no longer the “San Francisco” 49ers in my book. Stadium built for Silicon Valley tech execs and located 5 min from San jose. I don’t consider San jose to be part of SF Bay Area . Hoping jack del rio can turn around the raiders because I’m switching

          • Posted by Miguelito

            Yup! Agree 100%. Raiders are our local team now. They should really be forced to remove the city from their name because they are not an SF team.

      • Posted by Turin

        Grow up.

  2. Posted by MDG399

    sell tickets and bring a bag lunch

    I wanna see it explode

    I mean implode…Like the 49’ers are this year… 🙁

  3. Posted by Rangermom

    They should reuse what they can, grind up what isn’t reusable as was done to he old Letterman Hospital in The Presidio. This allowed them to reuse the concrete in remaking The Letterman Complex that houses Lucas Arts now.

    • Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

      On site concrete recycling is SOP for large projects nowadays. My understanding is that it ends up being used as base rock for the next incarnation of the site.

      • Posted by Orland

        Yes, there was extensive reuse of concrete made in the construction at China Basin.

      • Posted by SFrentier

        How is concrete reused? How is it possibly cost effective to grind it up to powder? That’d take a lot of energy, no?

        • Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

          It is ground to gravel, not powder. The gravel is then used as base rock for the next project. A few inches of base rock are laid on the compacted earth before paving and other concrete is poured. Base rock is also used for drainage.

  4. Posted by Senile

    They had no problems blowing up Geneva Towers years ago. They were within a densely populated area. Blow up Candlestick and lets move on.

  5. Posted by Mike

    Implode it when the wind is blowing east and let’s get housing there

  6. Posted by SocketSite

    UPDATE: Lennar has confirmed that the stadium will be demolished by way of a wrecking ball and the developer is abandoning its application for an implosion.

  7. Posted by Clifford Purvis

    Wouldn’t it have been a simple matter to suppress dust from an implosion by doing it on a really rainy day? Oh yeah, I forgot . . . it doesn’t rain any more.

  8. Posted by Clifford Purvis

    Illusory benefits of wrecking ball approach. Same amount of dust released, just over a longer period of time.

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