SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Fans at the first 49ers playoff game in nine years enjoyed beautiful weather Saturday, perfect for hours of tailgating.

The party was in full swing outside Candlestick Park as 49ers fans prepared for the playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

Yang from Richmond called it the best experience when everyone comes together for the same reason. Of course she was talking about the “Niners”.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

The pre-game festivities was all timed from the time the gates to the parking lot opened at 8:30 a.m. when tens of thousands of people arrived to grill, drink, play music and celebrate. The Miller High Life was on hand at one “Asian-style” barbeque.

In the sea of red and gold there was even a little bit of heckling of the few Saints fans, but overall a sense of good sportsmanship was observed.

Tom Brandon from Santa Rosa, who was tailgating, recalled how the Saints used to be nicknamed “the aint’s”.

Nobody seemed to mind that this was the first playoff game since police started a ‘no tailgating once the game starts’ policy following a fan assault last year.

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