My friend, Lon Pray, and I had tickets to the 49er/Raider pre-season game. We dropped off my son, Joel, at Menlo College and left the campus, just 15 miles south of Candlestick Park and headed north on Hwy. 101, one hour prior to kickoff. Two and a half hours later, we finally exited at Candlestick (Monster) Park. That's how heavy the traffic was going north. It was halftime.
We thought that maybe we could get in the parking lot and catch the second half, at least.
It took us another hour to just get to a parking lot entrance that was open. That's how bad the traffic was from cars trying to get in. It was near the end of the third quarter. We figured by time we'd get out of the car, walk into the stadium and find our seats, it would be the fourth quarter. We headed home.
Joe Starkey, the radio play-by-play announcer, remarked how many empty seats there were. Joe, they were with us, trying to find a parking place, gave up and went home.
I'm never going back to Candlestick Park unless I can take a helicopter in.