Monday, February 2, 2015

Next year's Super Bowl, San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Chronicle/Ann Killion, 2/2/15.  "Killion:  Super Bowl 50 will mean hype, headaches for Bay Area."

Last 2 minutes of Super Bowl 49 (2015)
.... done
Levi's Stadium Super Bowl 50 (2016)
.... waiting
.... " Super Bowl 50 will be at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, but the NFL, the media and the fans won’t be congregating in the South Bay. They will be in San Francisco. The pictures broadcast to the world will be of the Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars, not of the roller coaster at Great America.

The media center and NFL Experience will be located at Moscone Center. The Fan Village probably will be somewhere along the Embarcadero. The big-league Friday night party will be at City Hall. And it sounds as if the host committee is planning to make sure that most of the other locations, like the site of media day and the team hotels where interviews take place all week until Friday, will be in or near San Francisco to cut down on travel times.

Levi’s Stadium is 42.5 miles from Moscone Center. That’s a long way to travel (in contrast, MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, site of last year’s Super Bowl, is 8.3 miles from Times Square).  Is hosting this event going to be worth it? Probably not. Though Santa Clara, a city of 120,000, might desire a signature event to put it on the map, San Francisco is already on the map. The city is bursting at the seams with visitors and conventions every week and doesn’t need a big football game to attract attention or make money."

Related - Odds for winning Super Bowl 50 -   NBC Sports/Mike Wikening, 2/2/15.  "Though the Seahawks couldn’t quite finish the deal in Super Bowl 49, one major Nevada oddsmaker makes them a favorite to hold the Lombardi Trophy next February. In odds released Sunday night, William Hill  U.S. lists the .Seahawks as 5-1 favorites to win Super Bowl 50The Patriots are the second betting choice at 6-1, with Green Bay also having the same odds."   Fox Sports/NFL, 2/1/15.  "Nifty in Super Bowl 50?  Check out the early odds on next year's winner." .... "Not surprisingly, one sports wagering website,, has the Seahawks and Patriots as the teams with the best odds to win Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco. The Seahawks have a league-best 13-to-2 odds of winning their second championship in three seasons, and the Patriots have 8-to-1 odds of defending their title.  Behind them are the Green Bay Packers at 10-to-1 and the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts at 15-to-1. On the other end, the biggest long shots are the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans at 300-to-1."  Read article. 

ReferenceSuper Bowl 50,  Levi Stadium/Super Bowl 50 events. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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