A 27-foot-tall statue of St. Francis that kept watch over Candlestick Park is moving into storage until a new home can be found.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports Monday that for four decades, the cast-concrete and steel-reinforced statue of St. Francis kept watch over 49ers football and Giants baseball fans just outside the gates of Candlestick.
But now the park is gone, making way for a shopping center and hotel on the site of the demolished stadium.
So the beloved statute is going into storage across the bay in Oakland until it can return to the Hunters Point Shipyard neighborhood. That may not happen until 2018, said Dave Satterfield, a spokesman for developer Lennar Urban.
The estimated cost to move and refurbish the statue is $150,000 to $200,000.