The San Francisco 49ers were the first major league professional sports franchise based in San Francisco, and one of the first professional sports teams based on the West Coast of the United States. The team also became the first “big four” sport (i.e., baseball, football, basketball, or hockey) franchise to play in the Western United States. The Cleveland Rams moved ...
DeBartolo was actively involved in franchise ownership and sports management, becoming one of the most successful and generous owners in professional sports. His ownership of the 49ers proved especially notable. During his twenty-three years owning the team, beginning in 1977, the 49ers won an unprecedented five Super Bowls under coaches Bill Walsh and George Seifert, Super Bowl XVI, Super Bowl ...
The 49ers defeated the Bengals by the score of 26–21 to win their first Super Bowl. The game was played on January 24, 1982, at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It marked the first time that a Super Bowl was held in a cold-weather city. The domed stadium saved the crowd at the game from ...
The 49ers defeated the Dolphins by the score of 38–16, to win their second Super Bowl. The game was played on January 20, 1985, at Stanford Stadium, on the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, California. The game was hyped as the battle between two great quarterbacks: Miami’s Dan Marino and San Francisco’s Joe Montana. The Dolphins entered their fifth ...
The 49ers defeated the Bengals by the score of 20–16, winning their third-ever Super Bowl. The game was played on January 22, 1989, at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida, the first Super Bowl hosted in the Miami area in 10 years, and the first in Miami not held at the Orange Bowl. This was the second meeting between these ...
Played on January 28, 1990, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, the 49ers defeated the Broncos by the score of 55–10, winning their second consecutive Super Bowl, and tying the Pittsburgh Steelers with four Super Bowl victories. San Francisco also became the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls with two different head coaches; rookie head coach George ...
The 49ers defeated the Chargers by the score of 49–26, becoming the first team to win five Super Bowls. The game was played on January 29, 1995, at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida (now part of the suburb of Miami Gardens). This game is regarded as 49ers quarterback Steve Young’s final leap out of the shadow of his predecessor, ...
On November 8, 2006, reports surfaced that the 49ers ended negotiations with the city of San Francisco about building a new stadium and plan to do so in Santa Clara, 38.3 miles south of the team’s current home field, Candlestick Park in San Francisco; Santa Clara already hosts the team’s administrative headquarters and training facility. The Yorks and then-San Francisco ...
History of the 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are a professional American football team located in the San Francisco Bay Area. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The team currently plays its home games at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, located 45 miles (72 km) southeast of San Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley. Since 1988, the 49ers have been headquartered in Santa Clara.
The team was founded in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and joined the NFL in 1949 when the leagues merged. The 49ers were the first major league professional sports franchise based in San Francisco. The name "49ers" comes from the prospectors who arrived in Northern California in the 1849 Gold Rush. The team is legally and corporately registered as the San Francisco Forty-Niners, Ltd. The team began to play at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco before moving across town to Candlestick Park in 1970 and then to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara in 2014.
1946 - Present / National Football League
1946 - Present / San Francisco 49ers
49ers - The 49ers name was adopted when San Francisco obtained an AAFC franchise in 1946. The name was selected as a recognition of the pioneering and adventurous spirit of the men of the 1849 gold rush in the Sierra Nevada mountains east of San Francisco.
Super Bowl 5
1995, 1990, 1989, 1985, 1982
2014 - Present / Levi's Stadium
1971 - 1995, 2009 - 2013 / Candlestick Park
2004 - 2008 / Monster Park
2002 - 2004 / San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point
1995 - 2002 / 3Com Park
1946 - 1970 / Kezar Stadium
2008 - Present / John York
2000 - 2008 / Denise DeBartolo York and John York
1977 - 2000 / Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. and Denise DeBartolo York
1964 - 1977 / Josephine Morabito, Elizabeth Morabito, and Ruffo
1957 - 1964 / Josephine Morabito, Victor Morabito, and Ruffo
1953 - 1957 / Tony and Victor Morabito, and Al Ruffo
1947 - 1953 / Tony and Victor Morabito
1946 / Tony and Victor Morabito, Allen E. Sorrell and E.J. Turre
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8 / Steve Young
12 / John Brodie
16 / Joe Montana
34 / Joe Perry
37 / Jimmy Johnson
39 / Hugh McElhenny
42 / Ronnie Lott
70 / Charlie Krueger
73 / Leo Nomellini
79 / Bob St. Clair
80 / Jerry Rice
87 / Dwight Clark
– / Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr.
– / Bill Walsh
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