SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco 49ers were set to play their first preseason game of the year when they host the Minnesota Vikings at Candlestick Park Friday.

The 6 p.m. game was one of four preseason matchups San Francisco faces before the team’s regular season scheduled start on Sept. 9.

The last time the 49ers hosted a game at Candlestick Park was last January’s heartbreaking 20-17 overtime loss to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh has brought many players back from that team but this year’s squad also has some new faces, including wide receiver Randy Moss, who would be making his debut against Minnesota, the team on which he started his illustrious career.

Friday’s game would be part of a busy night in San Francisco—the city’s pro baseball team, the Giants, would also be playing a home game at AT&T Park while tens of thousands of people would be in Golden Gate Park for the start of the annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.

There would be express bus shuttles offered by San Francisco Municipal Railway to Candlestick Park from five different locations around the city. For more information about the shuttles, visit

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