By Natalia Watson
When Santa Clara won the rights to Super Bowl 50, it created a huge opportunity in the Bay Area, especially San Francisco. One of the main attractions set up for out-of towners was Super Bowl City. This attraction came with many different activities. There were games for kids along with other activities such as meeting players and watching the sports parade that sports fans enjoy. Sportscenter was there as well documenting the event live.
As somebody who visited Super Bowl City, I have to say it was certainly not worth the hype. The crowds were huge and there was barely any room to get through to anywhere. Also the transportation to get the was inadequate as well. BART was full going there, but twice as packed going back home.
Because the Super Bowl was right here in the Bay Area a lot of people came out to show love for their favorite football team. I found this event pretty disappointing, but it was good for the San Francisco economy.
One of the highlights I looked forward to attending in Super Bowl City was the Alicia Keys performance. But the area where she was performing was overly crowded and security started turning people away in the early afternoon–including my friends and me. We were highly disappointed that we did not get to see her.
According to Yelp, a lot of people who attended Super Bowl City had negative feelings about the event. There were very long lines, including a 30-minute wait period just to get in the doors. Food and drinks were available but came with an expensive price such as nachos for $15, and a soda for $10, and everything was less than organized for fans.
I think Super Bowl City could have planned out more activities for the people who attended and also more activities for children. There also should have been a better and faster way to get people in. As a football fan I would have loved to see more about the two football teams who were actually involved in the Super Bowl.