Last game at Candlestick ends with 30 arrests, SF police say

As the curtain closed on Candlestick Park on Monday night in a dramatic victory for the 49ers over the visiting Atlanta Falcons, 30 people were arrested, mostly for public drunkenness and property damage, and dozens of seats and signs were vandalized, according to officials.

Recreation and Park Department crews, along with stadium personnel, spent Tuesday picking up the pieces, according to the department. A preliminary estimate pegged the seat destruction at 100 while 25 signs were damaged, said Rec and Park spokeswoman Connie Chan.

Besides the 30 arrests, seven people were cited at the game and 81 were ejected from the stadium, Sgt. Eric O'Neal said. One person was arrested for trying to remove a chair from the stands, he said.

“There were some thefts of stadium property,” said Sgt. Danielle Newman. “I know that some seats were destroyed” and that some fans had taken some signs off the wall.

Also, one person was reported injured but not seriously, Newman said.

Police did not consider the number of arrests to be too high considering that the stadium was near its capacity of 70,000 fans, who came out to witness what may have been the last 49ers game at the 53-year-old stadium. San Francisco police already had ramped-up security plans in place.

“We had a larger presence of officers,” O'Neal said, adding that many were undercover.

Most of the arrests were due to people being too intoxicated, he said.

Police Chief Greg Suhr had said before the game that fans could expect 50 percent more officers than a regular game.

Many of those arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness had to be taken to jails in police substations because the County Jail could not handle additional people in that condition Monday night, Newman said.

“Once the County Jail is full of intoxicated people, they have to start moving them out to district stations,” she said, adding that it usually only happens during New Year's Eve.

Some fans also were turned away from the game because they had counterfeit tickets, but Newman was unsure Tuesday of the total number.

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