“Kickoff to 50” Super Bowl celebration begins in San Francisco


SAN FRANICSCO (KRON) — Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium is less than five months away, and the NFL is celebrating the start of the season in downtown San Francisco.

“Today is an historic day for a number of reasons,” Super Bowl 50 Host Committee CEO Keith Bruce said. “First of all, we are 150 days away from super bowl 50.”

And the countdown is on for the next five months. The Bay Area will be ground zero for everything Super Bowl.

The NFL is kicking off the celebration. And fans are getting an up-close look at greatness, from the eight Lombardi trophies won by the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders to the Hall of Fame busts of legends from both Bay Area teams.

“My memory about the Super Bowl is really about the city we played in, and I learned about that city through the Super Bowl,” former 49ers quarterback Steve Young said. “I think that’s the way the world is going to look at the Bay Area. We know the Bay area, we know how great it is, we want to show that. And that’s part of what the big committee is all about.”

And in addition to showcasing the city to the world, the big game is about boosting the state’s bank account.

It’s projected Super Bowl 50 will generate hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Raiders fan Tim Nichols said. “An event like this is going to bring a lot of people around and definitely bring a lot of attention to San Francisco and the Bay Area.”

It’s been 30 years since the Bay Area played host to the NFL title game. And the consensus is that Levi’s stadium and the city are to tackle the event more than once every 30 years.

“Although they played it at Stanford, and it was a larger venue, it wasn’t equipped for it,” former 49ers quarterback Jim Plunkett said. “It had no suites, and a lot of things were lacking. Same with Candlestick Park, same with Oakland Coliseum. It’s a great city, but I don’t think the venue was up to standards as far as the NFL is concerned.”

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