The SMHS Bearcat football teams will compete this Friday evening against Mission High (San Francisco) at historic Kezar Stadium, the former home of the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders (in their very first AFL season). The original stadium was opened in 1925 with a seating capacity of 50,000. The 49ers played the final NFL game at Kezar in early 1971, losing the the 1970 NFL Championship game to the Dallas Cowboys, 17–10.
When the 49ers moved to Candlestick in 1971, the stadium became a popular outdoor concert venue, especially with its proximity to the Haight-Ashbury District. Notable performers at Kezar included Led Zepplin, The Doobie Brothers, Jefferson Starship, Tower of Power, the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
The first stadium was demolished in 1989 and rebuilt with a much smaller seating capacity of 10,000. It was renovated again in 2015 and 5,000 of the stadium seats installed there today are from Candlestick. Come out and watch the SMHS teams compete at Kezar this Friday, September 15. The Junior Varsity squad (1-2) takes the field at 5:00 pm followed by the Bearcat Varsity (3-0) with the scheduled kickoff of 7:00.
Kezar Stadium is located at the southeast corner of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco a block from UCSF at 670 Kezar Drive. On site, 24 hour parking is available at ABC Parking, 825 Stanyan Street.