Everything You Need To Know About What The Bay Has To Offer For Super Bowl 50
Whether or not your team is playing in Super Bowl 50, there's plenty going on around the Bay Area to commemorate the event (and, let's be honest, to tie up traffic). Bisnow collected all you need to know for the coming weeks.
Parking and transportation
On game day, Fan Express motor coaches will pick up ticket holders from throughout the Bay Area for $55 round-trip to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
The Host Committee is encouraging Uber carsharing with designated pick-up and drop-off points at the stadium (there will be no bus, limousine, sedan or shuttle drop-off or pick-up at Levi's Stadium). Taxis will be located east of the stadium.
For those planning to park near the stadium, the Super Bowl 50 parking lots open at 9am and tailgating is not allowed. (Yes, you may bring food to the parking lot. No, you may not bring your grill and tent.) Parking permits range from $50 to $80 for a general spectator car to $250 for a general spectator bus.
Remember that San Francisco will have its own traffic headaches the week of the Super Bowl (and a bit before and after to allow for construction and teardown of the downtown event sites, such as Super Bowl City, above).
Challenges include both the hundreds of buses heading from San Francisco to Santa Clara on game day, as well as road closures—even the suspension of parking permits for several construction sites downtown. So plan accordingly. The S.F. Municipal Transportation Agency has a list of street closures and detour routes.
Several area hotels are offering packages that include not only a weekend stay, but also a game ticket, game day transportation and parties.
Fairmont San Jose
This one caught our attention because it was the first to show just how big a tab you could run up Super Bowl weekend. The $150k package covers three nights in the four-bedroom Presidential suite (including the international suite, shown above) with a premium bar, eight Super Bowl tickets, a winery tour, two chauffeured Escalades and $5k in Apple gift cards.
Fairmont San Francisco
Fairmont San Francisco is offering a "Million Dollar Fantasy Big Game 50 Package."
For the price, up to six guests stay four nights in the 6k SF Penthouse suite (three bedrooms, a terrace with a view (above), a formal dining room, a billiard room—even a two-story library with a secret passageway). Game day includes luxury transportation with a tailgate party on board (with a Fairmont chef and bartender), a Gold Suite for up to 22 people at the stadium, a national football alum visit during the game and parties. It also includes a $150k charitable contribution.
The tricky part is whether any hotel rooms will be left once the teams are named. The Bay Area has much less hotel capacity than some previous Super Bowl sites.
The San Francisco Experience
There are two ways to experience Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco: The NFL Experience and Super Bowl City.
An interactive theme park with participatory games, youth football clinics, NFL merchandise and free autograph sessions with NFL players.
- Jan. 30-Feb. 7
- 747 Howard St (Moscone Center North and South)
- Tickets: $35 adults; $25 children 12 and under
- NFLXtra fast pass: $60 adults; $50 children
Super Bowl City
A free public fan village with family-friendly activities including interactive gaming, social media and data visualizations.
- Opens Jan. 30
- 1 Market St (Justin Herman Plaza)
There will be concerts by Dave Matthews Band on Feb. 4 and Pharrell Williams on Feb. 5 (both at Pier 70) and Metallica (at AT&T Park on Feb. 6). Alicia Keys will give a free concert at Super Bowl City on Feb. 6.
Other highlights include:
Super Bowl Opening Night
Fans can watch media interviews of members of the Super Bowl teams (and listen to them on the radio), enjoy musical performances and cheerleader appearances.
- 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose
- Feb. 1 at 5 pm
- Tickets: $27.50
Taste of the NFL: Featuring Third Eye Blind
This "Party with a Purpose" brings together chefs and current Hall of Fame and alumni players from each of the NFL cities and franchises. The night includes live musical entertainment and a silent auction. This year's culinary host is Andrew Zimmern.
- 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City (Cow Palace)
- Feb. 6 at 6pm
- Tickets: $700 for one guest; $10k for a VIP table
Leather & Laces
A two-night party involving sushi, celebrities, circus acts and the promise of lots of devastatingly attractive people.
- City View at Metreon, 135 4th St
- Tickets: Range from $495 lounge tickets to $2,500 for celebrity host meet-and-greet VIP tickets. Have 14 close friends? The Celebrity Cabanas will run you $25k.
Michael Mina's RN74 in San Francisco will be temporarily renamed "On The Fifty" from Feb. 1-7 and open for lunch and dinner service. Located near Super Bowl City, the restaurant will be decorated for the event and have NFL player appearances and special dishes on the menu.