American Heart Association brings football back to Candlestick Park 

Bye, bye baby? Not quite yet.

The 49ers faithful cheered their last game at the ‘Stick, the home of the Niners for the past 42 years, on a Monday night in December, But there will be football at Candlestick again, just not 49ers football.

San Francisco Pulse, a nonprofit branch of the American Heart Association, whose aim is to combat cardiovascular disease and stroke, is hosting a flag football tournament at Candlestick Park on Saturday — the first day of American Heart Month.

“We wanted to host the last football game at Candlestick Park and raise funds and awareness for the American Heart Association,” said Danny Lee, chairman of the Pulse committee. “What better way to shine the spotlight on heart disease and stroke prevention?”

A cast of 20 teams with 10 players apiece will vie for the Pulse Bowl championship, a first for the AHA.

Pulse secured the location with help from the Recreation and Park Department with proceeds intended to further medical research and community education programs.

“We are a group of young professionals who promote active lifestyles,” Lee said. “While we are disappointed the 49ers didn’t make the Super Bowl, this event is to celebrate the history of Candlestick. A way of bringing awareness to our mission of heart disease education and saying thank you to a place that has been a part of many of our childhood memories.”

Slightly fewer fans will be in attendance Saturday than there were for NaVorro Bowman’s game-winning interception return for a touchdown in the 49ers’ Candlestick finale.

Pulse is expecting a crowd of about 300. Kickoff is scheduled for noon with the title game slated for 4 p.m. Festivities include a heart-healthy tailgate party, food from local eateries and a DJ.

Tickets can be purchased at for $20.

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