San Francisco's Candlestick Park goes out with a bang

One person injured, 30 people arrested and 81 people ejected from stadium during 49ers 34-24 win over the Falcons on Monday Night Football.
Posted By Evan Bleier   |   Dec. 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM   |   0 comments

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Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Although there is a very slight possibility that the San Francisco 49ers could play a home game (or two) at Candlestick Park during the playoffs, it’s very likely that the team sent the 53-year-old stadium off in style with a 34-24 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football.

In the victory, quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed 13 of 21 passes for 197 yards and one touchdown, and NaVorro Bowman returned a late Matt Ryan interception 89 yards for a game-clinching touchdown.

San Francisco fans certainly got their money’s worth as police report that 30 people were arrested for property destruction and drunkenness and 81 people were ejected from the stadium during the game. According to San Francisco police Sgt. Danielle Newman, at least one person was reported injured during the game but not seriously.

“There were some thefts of stadium property. … I know that some seats were destroyed tonight … I know of some signs being taken off the wall,” Newman said.

There were so many drunkenness suspects that some people had to be brought to jails in police substations because the drunk tank at the San Francisco County Jail had reached capacity.

“Once the county jail is full of intoxicated people, they have to start moving them out to the district stations,” Newman said. According to the sergeant, the count jail reaching capacity for drunkenness suspects “usually happens during New Year’s Eve.”

Unfortunately, some fans who thought they were going to the game ended up with counterfeit tickets and were turned away.

Although it is a longshot, the 49ers will play at Candlestick again if the Seattle Seahawks lose and San Francisco manages to defeat the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17. In that scenario, San Francisco will win the NFC West, get a first-round bye, and set up at least one more game at the comfy confines of Candlestick.

[CBS San Francisco]

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