Many years ago, Kezar Stadium at Golden Gate Park was a much larger structure that would fill with cheers for NFL team, the San Francisco 49ers, who once called this space their home. Today, the 10,000 seat multi-use stadium offers access to a track, making it an ideal location for hosting major sporting events. It is also a favorite of local runners and joggers. Adjacent to the stadium is the Kezar Pavilion – an indoor space focused on accommodating a range of sporting activities, including roller derby.
Things to Do at the Kezar Stadium
Located in the southeast corner of Golden Gate Park, Kezar Stadium was constructed between 1922 and 1925. In addition to the 49ers (tenants from 1946 to 1970), the Oakland Raiders is another professional football team that used the stadium in 1960. The stadium also has a movie-making history, as the fictional Scorpio Killer in the Clint Eastwood film ‘Dirty Harry’ worked as a caretaker at the stadium. Because of this, several scenes were filmed at the stadium.
During the 1970s, the stadium became a watering hole for music lovers, as Kezar transformed into an outdoor concert venue. Musicians, such as Led Zeppelin, Joan Baez, The Grateful Dead, Waylon Jennings, Carlos Santana, and Neil Young, have all performed at the stadium.
While the original stadium was demolished in 1989 to make way for a more modern structure (nicknamed ‘Little Kezar’), a replica of the original concrete arch at the entryway highlights its former glory. Other upgrades included the installation of an eight-lane, all-weather track, as well as a large grass athletic field.
Today, collegiate football games, including the likes of Stanford University, often entertain fans at Kezar Stadium with dazzling footwork and impressive touchdowns. The stadium facilities see a range of sporting events throughout the year, including the talent of local lacrosse, football, soccer, and track and field teams.
With access to a gym, the indoor arena known as Kezar Pavilion is located adjacent to Kezar Stadium, and hosts a range of major events at Golden Gate Park, including the intense competition of the Pro-Am Summer Basketball League and the high-energy excitement of the Roller Derby. The Pavilion was constructed in 1924 and was outfitted with 4,000 seats.
Many high school events take place at the Pavilion, including basketball games. Other activities known to occur at the Pavilion include pro wrestling, volleyball, professional boxing, and concerts, such as performances by the Smashing Pumpkins and the Clash.
You can also book either venue for your next event.
Booking Kezar Stadium or Kezar Pavilion
For those interested in booking Kezar Stadium or Kezar Pavilion for a special event, you must fill out a Stadium Application. There are also rental fees to consider that include an hourly rate, booking fee, and total minimum requirements. For example, Kezar Stadium is available for fundraisers and commercial pursuits for a $1,000 booking fee. The space must be reserved for a minimum of four hours or 25% of gross ticket receipts (whichever is greater). The hourly fee is $500 with a total minimum fee of $3,000.
Amateur sporting events often take place at Kezar Stadium, including soccer matches and running competitions. The stadium charges different prices for open and closed facility rentals, ranging from $800 to $1,200. However, youth athletic events are charged a minimum of $500 for stadium rental.
Other activities that people rent the stadium for include adult soccer leagues, small crew photo shoots, and large crew film shoots. Student photo shoots also take place at the stadium, which are free of charge and require no booking fee. Depending on the planned event, additional fees may be charged for staff, custodians, park patrol, and parking lot usage.
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