Visiting San Francisco During the Super Bowl

San Francisco Skyline at Sunrise
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The 50th anniversary Super Bowl is coming to the Bay Area on February 7, 2016. While this much-anticipated milestone game will be played at Levi's Stadium here in Silicon Valley, there will be lots of Super Bowl-themed events happening in San Francisco in the weeks leading up to the game. This will be a great time for local football fans to plan a trip up to San Francisco to join in the fun.

Here are some tips for planning a trip to San Francisco, Super Bowl City 2016.

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Super Bowl Events in San Francisco

Super Bowl City Rendering of Market Street
Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

From January 30 to February 7, the local Super Bowl host committee is organizing two different public events for football fans, Super Bowl City and The NFL Experience.

Super Bowl City is a free-to-the-public fan village designed to celebrate the 50th-anniversary game and the host communities across the Bay Area. The events will be centered around the San Francisco waterfront, from Justin Herman Plaza at the base of Market Street, just west of the Ferry Building. The fan village will include a series of interactive games, giant screens (for sharing game leader boards, stats, and user-generated content, and a stage for presentations, bands, NFL player appearances, and autograph signings.

The NFL Experience is a free interactive theme park, located at the Moscone Center. Highlights include interactive games where fans can learn to throw like a pro or kick a field goal, a Super Bowl history display with winner rings and the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a play zone for kids, and the NFL Shop for officially licensed Super Bowl 50 gifts and merchandise.

For more information about Super Bowl City, news, and events, check out the Super Bowl Host Committee's website or download the official Super Bowl planning app, Road to 50, available on Apple and Android. Also, follow the official event hashtag #SB50 on Twitter.

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Things to Do in San Francisco

Bay Lights on the San Francisco Bay Bridge
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On January 30, the Bay Lights will return to San Francisco in time for visiting Super Bowl fans. This public art installation features 25,000 LED lights that dance across the San Francisco facing side of the Bay Bridge each night. 

Food lovers will enjoy Taste of the NFL on February 6 at San Francisco's Cow Palace. The tasting will feature chefs from all 32 NFL cities serving their most popular local foods. The event will be hosted by Andrew Zimmern and will give visitors the chance to meet NFL Hall of Fame Players.

On February 7, local bars, restaurants, and other venues across the city will offer opportunities to watch the big game.

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Where to Stay in San Francisco

Hotel Vitale, a San Francisco Waterfront hotel
Hotel Vitale

The weeks leading up to Super Bowl 50 will be an exciting time to visit San Francisco for an overnight or weekend getaway. Hotel rooms and rentals in the city are filling up fast, so book as soon as possible.

Hotel Vitale is a boutique hotel offering luxe guestrooms and suites on the San Francisco waterfront. It's right next to the Super Bowl City fan village so it's a great base for a fan weekend getaway. Hotel Vitale has expansive views of the city, the historic Ferry Terminal food market, and the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The hotel is conveniently located to public transit and some of the best sights in the city. If you need to relax, the hotel offers a penthouse level spa with rooftop soaking tubs. 

If you are going to the game on February 7 at Levi's Stadium, I recommend staying closer to the stadium (in San Jose or Silicon Valley) on the nights before and after the game. 

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