The week prior to the Big Game is called “Super Bowl Week” and the little village created for Super Bowl fans is called “Super Bowl City.” It used to be “Super Bowl Boulevard,” but it has grown and now takes up several city blocks.
This year, for Super Bowl 50, it all happens in San Francisco, in and around the Moscone Center, down by the Embarcadero, if you know San Francisco’s geography.
San Francisco is a great tourist destination any time of year, but now, during Super Bowl week, it takes on added attractions that blend in with all the familiar San Francisco treats. Along with Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park and the Golden Gate Bridge, football fans will have the NFL Experience to add to their itinerary.
Every day there are live bands performing on the City Stage presented by the Levi’s and there are interactive cultural exhibits highlighting the artistic heritage of the Bay Area. And that heritage includes two NFL teams: the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders.
Below is Claudia Gestro’s video reports from Super Bowl City and the NFL Experience. “This is how San Francisco is celebrating Super Bowl 50.”
Claudia Gestro contributed to this article, including all photos.
Tim Forkes started as a writer on a small alternative newspaper in Milwaukee called the Crazy Shepherd. Writing about entertainment, he had the opportunity to speak with many people in show business, from the very famous to the people struggling to find an audience. In 1992 Tim moved to San Diego, CA and pursued other interests, but remained a freelance writer. Upon arrival in Southern California he was struck by how the elected government officials and business were so intertwined, far more so than he had witnessed in Wisconsin. His interest in entertainment began to wane and the business of politics took its place. He had always been interested in politics, his mother had been a Democratic Party official in Milwaukee, WI, so he sat down to dinner with many of Wisconsin’s greatest political names of the 20th Century: William Proxmire and Clem Zablocki chief among them. As a Marine Corps veteran, Tim has a great interest in veteran affairs, primarily as they relate to the men and women serving and their families. As far as Tim is concerned, the military-industrial complex has enough support. How the men and women who serve are treated is reprehensible, while in the military and especially once they become veterans. Tim would like to help change that.