Your Guide to Visiting the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50

 

Your Guide to Visiting the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50

By Burt Carey

The National Football League’s golden anniversary league championship, Super Bowl 50 will be played Feb. 7, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

NFL Golden Anniversary, festivities, fan events, Super Bowl City, parking, information, ideas, tips, Super Bowl 50The entire Bay Area and Super Bowl host committee are preparing for a week of festivities built around the Super Bowl 50 theme. Everything is golden, of course: it’s the Golden Super Bowl in its golden anniversary, it’s being held in the Golden State, and the host team, the San Francisco 49ers, is named in honor of Gold Rush-era miners.

In a departure from the NFL tradition of using Roman numerals, this Super Bowl is being marketed using Roman numerals for the first time. Super Bowl L just didn’t have the same branding hook as Super Bowl 50.

Tourism officials say they expect up to 1 million people to visit the Bay Area during Super Bowl week, and recommend that visitors plan ahead. Here’s a quick look at things to do and see during the week of Super Bowl 50.

Several fan events will take place in both San Francisco and San Jose during the week leading up to the game.

Always a fan favorite, the NFL Experience Driven by Hyundai will be held at the north and sound buildings of the Moscone Center from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7. The NFL Experience is pro football’s interactive theme park offering participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, youth football clinics and free autograph sessions from NFL players.

Ticket prices for the NFL Experience are $35 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. NFLXtra (fast pass) tickets are $60 for adults or $50 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

The Super Bowl host committee is building Super Bowl City, a village that will showcase the best the Bay Area has to offer, with interactive games and activities that highlight the region’s technological prowess, culinary excellence and cultural diversity, as well as celebrate the 50th Super Bowl and the Bay Area’s place in professional football history.

Super Bowl City is free and open to the public, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7 in Justin Herman Plaza on the Embarcadero at the foot of San Francisco’s famed Market Street. Super Bowl City will feature family-friendly activities for fans of all ages. It will offer a fun way for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the extravaganza that is the sporting world’s biggest annual event.

Fans will have the opportunity to see the Super Bowl teams in public for the first time at Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade on Feb. 1, 2016 at SAP Center in San Jose. Super Bowl Opening Night is a shift from the traditional Media Day held on Tuesday morning.

Don’t miss your chance to see players and coaches of the Super Bowl teams address fans and thousands of media members for the first time after the teams arrive in the Bay Area!

The event begins at 5 p.m., with interviews will be taking place from about 5:15-6:15 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. (All times are Pacific Time Zone.) Tickets are $27.50 for standard admission. See Ticketmaster for tickets.

In addition, there are $2 million worth of other ancillary events, including a parade down Santa Clara’s Great America Parkway that will cost $1.2 million, a week-long event at the Santa Clara Convention Center, a beer, wine and food festival at Bellomy Field at Santa Clara University, and a pep rally.

Three major international airports serve the Bay Area: San Jose International Airport is just 6.2 miles from Levi’s Stadium; San Francisco International Airport is 31.5 miles north of the stadium; and Oakland International Airport is across the bay, some 34 miles from Levi’s Stadium.

Automobile parking for the week of Super Bowl 50 will be available for purchase in December by going online here. Maps, directions and road closure information will be available on the Click and Park website.

The Super Bowl host committee’s plans and programs are available online here. You may also want to check out the NFL’s Super Bowl information here.

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

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