Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
Originally posted by PatrickJira411:
Always heard stories at how bad the traffic coming in and out of Candlestick was. I thought it could not be as bad as people claimed it was. Went to a game in 09, the MNF game against Arizona. Getting in was bad but man getting out...I had never seen anything as bad as that and I have been to NFL games in New Jersey/NY, Tampa, Miami and Atlanta. I mean you don't move for like 2-3 hours. It took us a good 4 hours to get out.
God bless the place, but building it there was a bad idea to begin with in 1958. It's a bad location for weather and traffic . . . although the original capacity was only about 43,000 so the traffic probably wasn't as crazy for Giants games back in the day.
The Santa Clara site has much better access.
Candlestick was hated and trashed for horrible access even in the early 60's. Take it from me, I think I read Moby Dick one day then as a passenger going to/from a Giants game from Marin County. I personally preferred Seals and Kezar Stadiums.
In response to the OP, please realize that the City/County of San Francisco has less people than Ottawa, and is about 1/4 the size of the current City of Toronto, so you've really limited your sample size by your question. (Having lived in both SF and Ottawa, the only remotely close comparable is the population size).
The 49ers catchment area is really mainly the Bay Area, which goes around 60 miles in three directions from San Francisco ( forgive me Farallonians), but also includes anywhere in Northern California within about a 2-3 hours drive. From my experience as a native of The City who moved to the outer reaches when I was around 10, I think this has pretty much been the case since the franchise started up in SF around the same time I did.