Super Bowl 50 and Super Bowl City: Fun Things To Do

Super Bowl 50 - San Francisco Bay Area - Image Source: NFL 2016
Super Bowl 50 – San Francisco Bay Area – Image Source: NFL 2016

Super Bowl 50 takes place on Sunday, February 7, 2016. Kick-off is at 3:25pm (PST).
Denver Broncos vs Carolina Panthers
Quarterbacks Peyton Manning (Broncos) vs Cam Newton (Panthers)

Celebrate Super Bowl’s 50th Anniversary in the San Francisco Bay Area – the first time it’s back here since Super Bowl XIX in January 1985. This year’s Super Bowl 50 takes place in the heart of Silicon Valley (40 miles south of San Francisco) in Santa Clara, California at the ultra-modern Levi’s Stadium (home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers) – the greenest and most technologically advanced NFL football stadium in the nation. 

In celebration of Super Bowl 50, San Francisco plays host to “Super Bowl City” – a free-to-the-public fan village showcasing the best of the Bay Area. Enjoy a series of fun family-friendly events and NFL-themed activities during the week-long celebration.

Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara - home to Super Bowl 50 - San Francisco Bay Area - Image Source: Levi's Stadium Press
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara – home to Super Bowl 50 – Image Source: Levi’s Stadium Press

Tickets to Super Bowl 50 Game & Fun Things To Do

If you’re lucky enough to get tickets to Super Bowl 50, you’re in for a treat. The state-of-the-art Levi’s Stadium seats approximately 68,500 and includes 165 luxury suites and 8,500 club seats. It also features massive hi-def video screens, 2000 Sony TVs and WiFi boxes under every 100 seats – it is Silicon Valley after all! Download your Levi’s Stadium mobile app for instant replays. And for foodies, take your pick from gourmet to BBQ to Vegan – did you know that the venue is the most vegan-friendly stadium in the sports industry?

National Anthem and Halftime Entertainment
Six-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga will sing the National Anthem before the game. And Grammy-award winning superstars Beyonce and British pop-rock band Coldplay will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show – in addition to performances by Bruno Mars and other special guests.

"Hi" from Super Bowl City, San Francisco - ©
“Hi” from Super Bowl City, San Francisco – ©

“Super Bowl City” Fan Village in San Francisco
Free Week-Long Celebration – January 30-February 7, 2016

Join in the celebration of Super Bowl 50 at “Super Bowl City” fan village during the week leading up to Game Day. As leaders in technology and innovation, the Bay Area is showcasing interactive games, virtual reality, fun family activities, a variety of international food concessions, wine and beer, live entertainment during the day and special concert performances at night (see concert info below). Admission is Free.

Super Bowl 50 at Super Bowl City, San Francisco - ©
Super Bowl 50 at Super Bowl City, San Francisco – ©

Food Tip: Food can be a bit on the pricey side, so if you’re looking for a great deal and you like hamburgers, walk across to the Ferry Building Marketplace and eat at Gott’s Roadside. They have really good (and reasonably priced) burgers, fries, onion rings and shakes! And if it’s sunny, you can enjoy eating outside and watch the world go by. You may have to wait in line (it’s very popular) but it’s so worth it!

Hamburger at Gott's, San Francisco
Hamburger at Gott’s, San Francisco
Ferry Building across from Super Bowl City, San Francisco - ©
Ferry Building across from Super Bowl City, San Francisco – ©

The fan village is located at Justin Herman Plaza, across from the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero. Note: Market Street from Beale Street to Justin Herman Plaza will be closed to traffic, in addition to street closures in that area of the city. Over one million people are expected to attend, so be prepared for crowds. If you’re traveling into San Francisco from other parts of the Bay Area or further, you may want to consider taking Caltrans, BART, Uber or Lyft. Parking can be challenging at the best of times.

“Saturday Night Lights” Celebration
Official Bay Bridge Re-Lighting and Macy’s Fireworks Show 

Official Bay Bridge Re-Lighting
Saturday, January 30 at approximately 7:30pm

Macy’s Fireworks Show
Fireworks Show takes place after the Bridge Re-Lighting

Free Super Bowl City Concerts on The City Stage
Saturday, January 30 – Chris Isaak
Wednesday, February 3 – Matt Nathanson
Thursday, February 4 – The Band Perry
Friday, February 5 – OneRepublic
Saturday, February 6 – Alicia Keys

The City Stage at Super Bowl City, San Francisco - ©
The City Stage at Super Bowl City, San Francisco – ©

Note: All concerts take place at the City Stage of Super Bowl City. Shows begin at approximately 7pm (Chris Isaak concert start time at approximately 7:30pm or after Fireworks show). Arrive early to get a good spot.

The Fan Stage (located within Super Bowl City) features live entertainment and special events all day (11am-9pm) in the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl City, San Francisco - ©
Super Bowl City, San Francisco – ©

Tip: If you don’t already have an account with Uber or Lyft, be sure to sign up for one and download the software before you arrive in the Bay Area. They are very popular in the Bay area and will be in high demand during Super Bowl week. Note: Be aware of “surge pricing” the closer it gets to Super Bowl.

Allow plenty of time to go through security – lines may be long depending on time of day. We’ve never seen so many police (or guns) in San Francisco before!

Police and SWAT at Super Bowl City, San Francisco - ©
Police and SWAT at Super Bowl City, San Francisco – ©

NFL Experience at Moscone Center in San Francisco

In addition to the “free” fan village at Justin Herman Plaza, the NFL is showcasing another fun week-long “paid” event, the “NFL Experience” across town at Moscone Center (North and South Buildings). The interactive NFL theme park offers interactive games, youth football clinics, NFL Shop merchandise, free autographs from NFL players, a virtual reality experience, Super Bowl rings display… and fun attractions.

NFL Experience runs from Saturday, January 30 to Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Tickets: Adults $35; Children 12 and under $25
NFLXtra (fast pass) $50 for children 12 and under; $60 for adults
Special discounts for Family Packs, Military, Group and Senior Citizens.


Super Bowl Team Gear

Shop for Fun Super Bowl Team Gear – and have fun watching the Super Bowl. Are you a Denver Broncos or Carolina Panthers fan? We hope the team you are rooting for wins!


Fun Things To in San Francisco and the Bay Area during Super Bowl Week

We’ve been based here in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 20+ years, helping people find fun things to do and the best tours. If you have extra time during your visit to the Bay Area, don’t miss an opportunity to see some of our top attractions without needing a car to get there.

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