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On Tap

Weekend 2-Minute Warning: Countdown to the Big Game

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The anticipation builds as the clock ticks down closer and closer to the big game on Sunday, but time is also running out on your chances to partake of all the fan friendly festivities downtown. If you don’t want to be left out in the winter cold, you need to get down there before kick-off on Sunday. Helping to round out this weekend's activities will be a football awards show and a major concert at AT&T Park.

Please note that multiple events in town and around the region this weekend, especially Saturday afternoon and evening, will mean busier streets and transit.This includes a Warriors home game on Saturday night. Please plan ahead and allow extra travel time.

Crowd gathers at night in front of the concert stage at Super Bowl City with downtown skyscrapers in the background.
The Fan Energy Zone in Super Bowl City on January 30, 2016. Photo credit: Duluoz Cats/Flickr.


NFL Honors
Saturday, 6 p.m.
Note: Street and lane closures started last Friday.
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Some of the biggest names in professional football will assemble at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for a star-studded awards show, NFL Honors, for the announcement of 2015’s Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year and more.

While this event is not open to the general public, fans still might be able to catch a glimpse of their favorite players and the celebrity guests at they walk the red carpet.

Street and lane closures in the area continue. Additional streets around Bill Graham will be closed on Saturday. Get details: NFL Honors at Bill Graham Auditorium Planned Alert.

If you’re thinking of heading down to the Civic Center to see the stars, you can take the 5 Fulton, 19 Polk, 21 Hayes, 47 Van Ness, 49 Mission/Van Ness plus any Market Street service route to Market Street and Van Ness Avenue, or take the Muni Metro to Civic Center Station.

Muni service note: Routes in the area may see minor delays due to increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic as well as from increased ridership.

Night Before Concert
Saturday, 7 p.m.
AT&T Park

A recent feature to Super Bowl weekend, now in its second year, is an all star music showcase - The Night Before concert. This year’s line-up will feature an opening set by Cage the Elephant with a headlining performance by rock metal legends, Metallica.

In addition to service on the N Judah, T Third, 10 Townsend, 30 Stockton, 45 Union/Stockton, and 47 Van Ness, Muni will provide pre- and post-concert service with special ballpark shuttle trains (similar to special service during Giants baseball games).

Muni service note: Service near The Embarcadero and King Street may see minor delays due to increased ridership and additional vehicle traffic.

Super Bowl 50: Super Bowl City
Now until 3 p.m., Sunday
Market St. between Beale St. & The Embarcadero

Until Sunday, Super Bowl City will continue to serve as the center of the football universe as it is the place to be in the run up to Super Bowl 50.

The City Stage features live music, performing arts and cultural performances including musical appearances by:

Wednesday: Matt Nathanson, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday: The Band Perry, 7:30 p.m.
Friday: One Republic, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: Alicia Keys, 8:15 p.m.

Be sure to check the event calendar for complete details.

The Fan Energy Zone features:

  • The 40 foot tall Fan Dome which will allow fans to partake in interactive games and become moving digital avatars appearing on giant screens.

  • The 50-foot wide by 15-foot tall Fan Wall which will serve as the leader and stat board tracker for the interactive games, and for user generated content and live feeds from around Super Bowl City.

The Fan Stage serves as the spot for autograph signing, celebrity appearances and the main area for DJs and MC sets.

Due to various street closures Muni service routes that operate through that area are being re-routed (re-routes will continue through February 12). Your best transit option is to take the Muni Metro subway to Embarcadero Station.

Muni service alert: For a complete and detailed list of all service adjustments and for information on how to navigate your way around the downtown area, check out our January 21 blog post.

For full transit, walking, biking, taxi, and automobile plans, visit the SFMTA Super Bowl 50 page. Get updates sent directly to your inbox.

Super Bowl 50: NFL Experience
Now until 2 p.m., Sunday
Moscone Center

As part of the on-going football festivities, the NFL Experience housed over at the Moscone Center features the Play 60 Zone designed to keep kids active and healthy, meet and greet sessions with past and current NFL players, and displays of the Vince Lombradi Trophy and all 49 Super Bowl Championship rings.

The 8 Bayshore, 12 Folsom/Pacific, 27 Bryant, 30 Stockton, and 45 Union/Stockton routes will get you near the Moscone Center. Due to numerous street closures, vehicle and pedestrian traffic may be heavy. Your best option may be to take the Muni Metro Subway to Powell Station/

Muni service note: Howard Street between 3rd and 4th streets will be closed, as a result service on the 8 Bayshore, 12 Folsom/Pacific, 27 Bryant, 30 Stockton, and 45 Union/Stockton routes may see delays.

North and south sidewalks on Howard Street between 3rd and 4th streets have been closed by law enforcement. Please use the alternate walkway through Yerba Buena Gardens.

Winter Storm Information:

The Department of Emergency Management has prepared a Comprehensive Guide to Everything El Niño in order to prepare and assist people on what to know and what to be aware of during the storms. We've been preparing for months and know you'll want to plan your trip before you head out into inclement weather. Sign up for Muni Alerts to get real-time service updates on your most used Muni routes and lines.

“On Tap” gives you a heads up about the big events in town and what Muni routes and lines will get you to the party. Look for this feature to be posted usually on Wednesdays for a look ahead to the weekend. Check out our Weekend Traffic & Transit Advisory for more details.