While the San Francisco Dogfish hope to create a lasting legacy of their own in their inaugural season, their home field for 2013 carries a history all its own.

Kezar Stadium will be home to the Dogfish for the upcoming season, after having housed the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders in their inaugural campaigns decades ago.

The stadium is located near Kezar Pavilion in the southeastern corner of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, at 755 Stanyan Street.

Built in 1925, the stadium originally held almost 60,000 people, but after an earthquake in 1989, the structure was torn down and rebuilt to accommodate seating for 9,084 fans.

In recent years, since the reconstruction, Kezar Stadium has hosted professional soccer games, Stanford’s annual spring game, and high school football contests in addition to serving as the home of the San Francisco Dragons of the MLL.

The 49ers played their first game at Kezar in 1946 against the New York Yankees (yes, really). NFL Hall of Famers such as Y.A. Tittle and Joe Perry played here, as well as prominent collegiate coach Steve Spurrier, who started six games in his first four seasons as 49ers quarterback.

In addition to its sporting history, the stadium also held concerts by Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead, and served as the backdrop for numerous scenes in Dirty Harry, with the Scorpion Killer working as the stadium’s caretaker living under the grandstand.

While hopefully nothing in the Dogfish’s season will look as though it’s out of Dirty Harry, their inaugural season at Kezar Stadium will sure to excite the San Francisco fans.

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John Phillips was born and raised in Philadelphia, and couldn’t help but be consumed by the rabid sports culture in the city. He began playing Ultimate in 10th grade, and hasn’t looked back since. He dreams of a day when people are as energetic about the Spinners as they are the Flyers or Sixers.

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6 Responses

  1. Morgan

    “The 49ers played their first game at Kezar in 1946 against the New York Yankees”. Yeah, no. Definitely not. Not even the same sport

    • Chris Fisher

      Check this out, pulled from a search on the subject. (Note third game).

      Historic Football Records of the New York Yankees
      All-America Football Conference

      1946 (10-3-1, 1st E. Div.) Coach: Ray Flaherty

      Aug. 25 W 21-14 Brooklyn Dodgers, at Gonzaga Stadium, Spokane, Wash. (night) 15,000 [Pre-Season]

      Aug. 30 W 21-7 Los Angeles Dons, Gilmore Stadium, Hollywood, Cal. 18,000 [Pre-Season]

      Sep. 8 W 21-7 Away San Francisco Forty-Niners, Kezar Stadium 35,000

      Groza field goal attempt, Cleveland Browns vs. New York Yankees, 1947 (There is a photo of the field goal attempt that goes along with this but it would not copy here. However, it’s absolutely football and they were a strong team in the first two years ! Pretty amazing.


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