From January 23 to February 12—almost three whole weeks—street closures will be in effect to accommodate Super Bowl City, a free fan village in front of the Ferry Building and on Market Street, and the NFL Experience, a pro football interactive theme park at the Moscone Center. Earlier this month, SFMTA published a blog post featuring the map below that outlines the traffic detour routes for when Super Bowl City comes to town.
Image via SFMTA [sf.curbed.com]
In an effort to minimize traffic headaches, the organization’s message to the public was simple: Avoid driving near the area of the Super Bowl events. Cant’t say they didn’t warn you, right? They also encouraged visitors and commuters to ditch their personal—and most likely preferred—modes of transportation to the city, and instead come by way of public transit, bike, or (better yet) foot.
“For folks driving from further out of the area, we encourage you to park at a garage outside of the city and arrive by BART, Caltrain, or ferry,” the SFMTA advised.
Today, however, our friends over at CurbedSF put it to us little more plainly by explaining that those looking to skip over the madness by taking Muni, biking, or even walking will be more or less out of luck too.
That’s because Super Bowl City detours and closures are expected to affect everyone heading in the direction of Downtown San Francisco, SOMA, and South Beach. Oh who’re we kidding, we already know that in this seven-by-seven square-mile city of ours, even those who stray from the epicenter of the NFL’s kick-off festivities won’t be immune to its gridlock and delays.
So San Francisco, happy Super Bowl 50! And remember #ThinkPink.
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