Ellie Goulding, Train to perform in NFL kickoff concert in San Francisco

Ellie Goulding is set to perform in NFL kick-off concert with Train in San Francisco on Thursday

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON/AP) — Bay Area football fans: The season is kicking off with a big bang.
The NFL is hosting events including a free concert featuring singer Ellie Goulding and rock band Train in San Francisco on Thursday.

The performances are set to be held at Justin Herman Plaza before the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

The event is part of a season-long celebration of Super Bowl 50, which will be hosted in the Bay Area on Feb. 7.

On Wednesday, the celebration of the 2015 season officially got under way at Pier 35 and Justin Herman Plaza, with exhibits featuring NFL Legends and the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee says the kick-off events include interactive fan activities, and “a spirit of community to San Francisco as fans nationwide get back To football.”

During a phone interview after arriving in San Francisco, Goulding said she will be using the event as an opportunity to learn more about American football.

The British singer-song writer said, “I know so little. I know the Super Bowl is being held here. I know that it’s a huge thing. See, sport is big in the U.K. I’m quite into the English version of football. I support Chelsea, but it’s on a whole difference scale here.”

Other past performers at the NFL season opener have included Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Usher, Keith Urban and Kid Rock.

“It’s still crazy to me that I get asked to do such incredible things,” said the “Love Me Like You Do” singer. “I feel like I’m still at that point where I’m excited to play an open mic night, so it’s a real honor.”

Thursday’s free concert event is set to get under way at 2:30 p.m.

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