Hardcore football fans in places like Chicago and Green Bay paint an effete picture of the 49er Faithful, scoffing at the Levi’s Stadium tech crowd who abandon their sun-baked seats for air-conditioned bars serving craft cocktails. Before that, they snickered at Candlestick tailgaters, who were known to partake in elaborate wine and cheese spreads before heading in to watch Joe, Ronnie and Dwight dismantle the opposition.

That’s all well and good. San Francisco fans have enough rings for every finger, including the middle one. They also have Kezar Stadium, the rough and rowdy home that birthed the team and forged its fan base. As the team pauses for its bye week while celebrating its 75th anniversary this season, let’s look back at San Francisco’s first professional sports venue and remind the haters where it all began.

Kezar Stadium: A rough-and-tumble history lesson on the 49ers’ 75th birthday

San Francisco 49ers head coach Frankie Albert enjoys a 21-12 victory over the Baltimore Colts at Kezar Stadium on Dec. 14, 1958.

(Courtesy Open SF History)
Kezar Stadium: A rough-and-tumble history lesson on the 49ers’ 75th birthday

Fans wait in the rain outside Kezar Stadium in 1957 for tickets to a playoff game.

(Courtesy Open SF History)

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