December 23rd marks the final San Francisco 49ers’ game at Candlestick Park.
Barring some kind of epic collapse by the Seattle Seahawks over the final 4 weeks of the regular season, it appears that the 49ers’ postseason – should they make it — will be played on the road.
Several former players will be in attendance as Candlestick Park is retired from NFL competition, but one that won’t be is legendary 49ers’ quarterback Joe Montana – or so he thinks.
According to Matt Maiocco at CSN Bay Area, Montana told a local radio station that he has some family things going on and might not be able to make it.
“I, most likely, will not be there with Christmas, and my son has a game a couple days before that,” Montana said Thursday on 95.7 The Game. “(I’ll) probably still be back in New Orleans or flying home that day – one of those things.
“All the kids are coming home that weekend, or starting that Monday or Tuesday. My wife knows my schedule a little better than (me) when it comes to where we’re going to be for Christmas. But I’ll be watching, for sure, if I’m not there.”
Montana’s son Nick will be behind center for Tulane against Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl on the 21st.
So, for those sentimental fans hoping to see Joe at Candlestick one more time before it gets the sendoff, it appears that may not happen. I’m sure he will make plenty of appearances at the 49ers’ new home, Levi’s Stadium, when it opens next season, however.