50 Things To Do Before Super Bowl 50

We’ve had fifty years of Super Bowls! Fifty years of the biggest, best NFL celebrations! Fifty years of football’s big day! And this year is the golden anniversary!

To get you in the Super Bowl spirit, we’ve made a list of the fifty things to do to get you hyped and ready for the game! Can you tell we’re excited about the anniversary?! And it’s still early enough in the season, that you can hold out hope your team will make it to the Big Game! So you should be prepared for the Super Bowl even if you’re team is currently 5-5, looking at you Colts fans.

Without further ado, here’s 50 things you have to do leading up to the Super Bowl:

 

  1. Get excited!
  2. Spontaneously burst into “The Final Countdown.”
  3. Buy tickets. (You have to actually be there you know.)
  4. Find a new favorite player to root for: Dez Bryant? Megatron? Odell Beckham?
  5. Start a new tradition of going to the game with a group of your best friends.
  6. Figure out where your seats are. (Seating Chart)
  7. Put the day on your calendar. (That’s February 7th)
  8. Figure out who you’re bringing with you.
  9. Eat lots of nachos, hot dogs, and/or seven-layer-dip.
  10. Start a countdown clock.
  11. Take off work post-Super Bowl Monday.
  12. Tell everyone everywhere that you’re going to the Super Bowl.
  13. Make football signs. (Go D-fence posts!)
  14. Take a minute of your day to meditate on the beauty of football.
  15. Read about some Super Bowl history. Get yourself knowledged.
  16. Make a pre-game playlist.
  17. Read lots of the five thirty-eight blog to sound very smart with football stats.
  18. Find out what you can do in San Francisco.
  19. Create a fight song.
  20. Make a list of everything you want to see while you’re at Super Bowl City.
  21. Take time out of your day to correct someone about football vs. soccer.
  22. Post lots of motivational quotes from past coaches on your Facebook page.
  23. Play some football with the family. (In the snow, on the beach, wherever)
  24. Book a hotel for the Super Bowl.
  25. Find really cute football outfits for you pets. (Probably just your dog, maybe not your cat)
  26. Buy extra batteries for your phone/camera.
  27. Pack your suitcase.
  28. Bring your summer shoes if you live anywhere other than paradise.
  29. Make travel plans, or buy a Super Bowl 2016 package.
  30. Find the best post-game parties.
  31. Look up what stadium the Super Bowl will be held in. (That’s Levi’s Stadium.)
  32. DVR all the playoffs games so you can binge watch the night before.
  33. Buy a ridiculous hat.
  34. Became a huge fan of the half-time performer the week before you get to see them live.
  35. Rent a car, or ride the trolley, but definitely get transportation figured out.
  36. Plan out brunch for Super Bowl Sunday. (Dude, c’mon, it’s brunch.)
  37. Smile to yourself, because you know you’re going to the Super Bowl.
  38. Buy some gold face paint.
  39. Do some vocal exercises to get your voice in shape.
  40. Follow the NFL teams Twitter accounts so you can know all their fan lingo.
  41. Think about going to the playoffs to watch your team make the whole historic run.
  42. Go to the best Super Bowl pregame tailgate. (It’s totally the Player Super Bowl Tailgate.)
  43. Set up someone to watch your dogs while your gone.
  44. Catch up on how the two finalists have been doing this season.
  45. Realize Levi’s Stadium isn’t actually in San Francisco. (It’s in Santa Clara.)
  46. Get ready to check the Super Bowl off your bucket list.
  47. Pack your jersey.
  48. Check on your fantasy team, one more time.
  49. Make predictions about who will win. (Loser wears a chicken costume next year.)
  50. Get to the game!

 

So what do you think of our list? Is there something we left off? Is there a crazy family tradition you have before the Super Bowl that you want to share with the class? Are you excited for the Big Game yet?

What Makes a Good Super Bowl 50 Halftime

Halftime shows used to be quiet, boring moments to get up, take a stretch, eat some snacks, and chat about the game. But starting in 1991, with New Kids on the Block’s performance, the halftime show added some glitter and glam. Previously the halftime shows featured college bands preforming center stage, just like normal, home-town, football games. But halftime become an Event starting in 1993, when Michael Jackson preformed.

Since then, the halftime shows have become must-watch events. But what makes one halftime show better than another? We’ve narrowed it down to these 5 things we think make the big difference. But, feel free to tell us if you think we’re wrong!

 

A Good Game

If it’s an exciting game, if the lead is switching back and forth, and both teams are making great plays, the momentum of excitement will follow the football into the halftime performance. Like Katy Perry’s appearance last year.

 

A Good Performer

Bruce Springsteen. He’s a great performer. He made a great halftime show. Beyoncé, Prince, even U2. These are good performers, so their halftime show was better.

 

A Good Stage

The special effects! The stage! It’s amazing that was a football field just a couple minutes ago! The best stages means we can see the performer, and maybe some fireworks.

 

Something Memorable

Something has to happen to distinguish that year from every other. Whether it’s the lion, the left shark, or Janet Jackson. It’s what makes us say, “oh yeah,” that was a good halftime.

 

Being There

            Really, if it looks cool on TV, it looks better in person.

 

So how will this year’s Super Bowl halftime show shape up? According to the NFL, the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show on CBS will “echo elements of the NFL’s On the Fifty campaign — honoring the past, recognizing the present and looking ahead to the next 50 years.” Sounds exciting right?

But the 2016 halftime has big shoes to fill, last year, Katy Perry had a great halftime show with Lenny Kravtiz and Missy Elliott. The Super Bowl XLIX halftime show attracted the most viewers ever, over 118.5 million people watched!

We have faith this year’s halftime will be great. There has been some drama about the NFL’s choice of halftime performers, Coldplay for the 2016 Super Bowl. But Coldplay has promised to “give it everything we have.” So it’s sure to be a fun watch! As to who is going to join them on stage, that’s left up in the air. There have been many other rumors of who’s going else will be entertaining us while the players huddle. Bruno Mars, Beyoncé and even Maroon 5 have been mentioned.

Regardless, it will be a huge show. The NFL has been going all out so far for Super Bowl 50, so for the big anniversary show, it’s going to be great!

Your Super Bowl ticket means you can also see a band at halftime as well! So you get a good concert and good football! If halftime is always your favorite part of the Super Bowl, you can still get tickets to go see Super Bowl 2016 in person!

5 Best Bars Near Levi’s Stadium to go to During Super Bowl 50

What do you do after the Super Bowl is over? If you have some spare time between your Super Bowl Party, your flight time, and meeting your friends, stop by one of the local Santa Clara bars to celebrate your team’s victory. Or if you’re team lost (or didn’t even make it to Super Bowl 50) maybe find a sympathetic support group in other disappointed fans.

 

5 best bars near levi's stadium

 

Take this time to watch all the Super Bowl ads on your phone that you missed while you were at the game. Maybe get to know the new friends you found sitting next to you, or enjoy the crazy atmosphere that is the Super Bowl.

 

If you’re still near Levi’s Stadium, here’s the five best bars for post-Super Bowl 50:

 

By-Th’-Bucket Bar and Grill

It’s been open since 1959! By-Th’-Bucket Bar and Grill has a nice atmosphere, and lots of TVs to watch post-game recaps. It’s a good place to catch sit back and try a signature cocktail. Their cioppino is particularly good, if you’re hungry after all that cheering. And apparently they just got a gelato case. Yum!

4565 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95051
https://www.btbbarandgrill.com/

 

Characters

There’s always the option of trying out a hotel bar, if you’re looking for a place to go after all that historic football, but before the big parties start. The Characters bar inside the Santa Clara Mariott is a pretty good option. Catch the replays of the big plays of the game you missed because you were on your phone trying to take a selfie of you with the whole stadium. They’ve got food as well, if you start to get hungry.

2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

 

Normandy House Lounge

Usually a hub for 49ers fans, they’ll probably make way for the huge influx of Super Bowl fans in the San Francisco 49ers territory. Lots of old school games to play (pool tables) as well as a vintage arcade section. If you feel like competing against another football fan who’s just one-upped your team, get your revenge in a game of air-hockey.

30 Washington St
Santa Clara, CA 95050
https://normandybar.com/

 

Evolution Cafe and Bar

A nicer bar with a “techie” vibe. Evolution Cafe and Bar is a bit more sophisticated than the regular hole-in-the-wall joint. It’s a good place for Santa Clara nightlife in general, but on Super Bowl Sunday you can bet it’s going to be poppin’. 10 draft beers on tap as well as good shrimp tacos. And now we’re hungry just thinking about it.

5101 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara 95054, CA 95054

 

Woodhams Sports Lounge

Dive bar. Jukebox. Karaoke. Sound good? Woodhams Sports lounge is a fairly inexpensive place with good bartenders and good crowds. Keep up the Super Bowl festivities by being a part of the atmosphere here! Different places are always worth a try on the off chance you could find a new favorite worth the trip down, or over, depending on where you’re from.

4475 Stevens Creek Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95051

 

The Super Bowl might be crazy and full of people, but you know it’s going to be a good time! Hopefully you fund somewhere good to go after Super Bowl that continues the great atmosphere of the historic game. If you know of a bar near Levi’s Stadium that’s better than any of the others, let us know! Now, let’s watch some football.

What Not To Do At Super Bowl 50

Spectators are known for their love of the game and creativity in showing team spirit. Super Bowl 50 will be as exciting as it will be hectic, which means you should start planning now. With that said, here are five things NOT to do during your Super Bowl weekend to make sure you get the most out of your experience. Check ‘em off!

Don’t go out the night before.

hangover

This goes without saying, but make sure you get up early to start the festivities. This means don’t go out and celebrate prematurely. The bars can wait! The best course of action is to eat something that will get you to sleep at a reasonable time–like an entire chicken pot pie or a large bowl of mashed potatoes. Some crazy people are going to wake up at 5:30am to tailgate for the game at 6:30pm–a span of 13 hours. Super Bowl Sunday is a marathon, not a sprint. Take a play out of a marathoner’s playbook, get your carbs in the night before, get rested, and prepare yourself for a full day! Not many people can sprint marathons, so plan accordingly.

Don’t miss the kickoff.

taxi

There are innumerable apps that can predict your commute time. However, with millions of people flocking to the field at the same time–travel will most likely be a nightmare. The best way to ensure that you don’t miss kickoff is to be as proactive as possible. Take the commute time your app or uber driver tells you and add 30 minutes to an hour to make sure you get to your seats on time. Or take advantage of the pre-planned travel accommodations from your Super Bowl 50 package. Some will include game day transportation.

Don’t go to the bathroom during halftime.

bathroom line

While halftime during regular season games is typically reserved for those long waits for the bathroom–break your “tradition” and get more strategic with your gameplan. Utilize the bathroom during media-scheduled time-outs to make sure you don’t miss gameplay or the halftime show. Not only will you be forced to wait in a ridiculously long line, you’ll miss the halftime show. Rookie mistake. No one wants to show up to work the Monday after the Super Bowl not knowing the “Left Shark” reference at the water-cooler.

Don’t spill your beer.

beer spill

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Just don’t spill your beer. Last year, your typical 16 fl oz beer set spectators back $12. Add the cost of a few beers over the course of the game and your pockets will not only feel a little bit lighter–your cab driver will start to cry as a result of the tip you shelled out upon your arrival at the hotel. 

Don’t invest in body paint.

face paint

Sure, body paint seemed like a good idea while you were getting painted in the parking lot. However, as you get increasingly sweatier from yelling and begin to melt like Frosty the Snowman in April–you will without a doubt regret getting lathered up in your team’s colors when you had a perfectly good jersey back in the hotel room. Stranger’s Snapchat story: 1 – You: ZERO.

All of these tips could prove to be helpful for your Super Bowl 50 journey–but you need to get there first! Check out our Super Bowl Packages to reserve your one-of-a-kind experience!

What to Bring to Super Bowl 50

Get in gear, and get your gear together! We’ve got a list of what you should bring to Super Bowl 50:

Jerseys

Even if your team already lost, you have to support one squad over the other. Unless you’re going to the Super Bowl just for the halftime show. If that’s the case, all you need to bring into the stadium is your phone, so you can take selfies.

Tickets

Well, duh. If you’re going to the game, you’re going to need Super Bowl 2016 tickets. Yes, don’t forget that even though it’s the 2015 NFL season, it will be the 2016 Super Bowl. Don’t ask us why, it’s confusing to us as well. Make sure you know where your tickets are physically located, things fall out of your back pockets all the time!

Your Phone

Bring it with you to Super Bowl 50 fully charged. It’s your ticket to the world. Maybe turn on your “Find My Phone” app because you might forget about it in all the excitement.

Clear Plastic Bag Rules

Obviously there’s going to be more security at the game, Levi’s stadium is implementing the clear-bag policy. There are things you can’t bring to the game. Don’t bring big bags, don’t bring anything stupid. And security will be tight! Also, no fanny packs. That one is important. The stadium also won’t allow alcohol, fireworks, beach balls, beverages, or noisemakers. Full info on what you can bring into the stadium here.

NFL bag restrictions

A Really Cool Hat

Bring cool headgear to show off your style. If the Packers make it to the Big Game, that base is already covered, but for everyone else, go nuts. Don’t bring something too big otherwise the people sitting behind you won’t be able to see!

Colts fan in a hat

We’re going to take this time to say, don’t bring face paint. It melts. It gets gross. You forget it’s there and it smears. You can go for the traditional two black stripes on the cheeks. But anything more and you’ll end up with blue paint on your hot dog.

Manners

Yes. You’re going to need to bring your best behavior. There will be thousands of people in the Bay Area, most will be tourists. It’s going to get hectic, and crazy. Take a breath, and maybe try to make friends with the cool couple sitting next to you in the stadium while you’re waiting for the game to start.

Hype

Get loud! You’re going to the biggest, baddest, best sports event of the year! Bring the hype! Be obnoxious on social media, and tell all your friends you’re going to the Super Booooowwwwwlll! You’re about to see who will become the best football team in the world! You’re watching history! Hoo-rah!

Someone You Like

The last item on our list is probably the most important: bring a calm person with you to the game. You’ll be spending a lot of time next to each other. Make sure your friend is good under pressure, good working out logistics, and good at having fun. You’ll be making memories for a lifetime here. All your pictures you’re going to show your grandkids will have whoever you’re sitting next to in them as well, so maybe he or she should be good looking too.

 

Now that you’ve got all your stuff together, who’s ready for Super Bowl 2016? The game is Sunday, that’s Super Bowl Sunday, February 7th at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara California. It looks like security will allow people to enter the stadium starting at 11:00 a.m. That seems a little early to us, by then we won’t even have eaten brunch!

Best Super Bowl Sunday Brunch Spots

Look, you’re hungry. You’ve got football to get to. Maybe you have a great Super Bowl tailgate to look forward to later in the day. That’s why it’s a good idea to scope out all the best breakfast places before you head out. Whether you’re checking out breakfast menus months, days, or even minutes before you head out, these are some great spots for a Super Bowl breakfast!

 

Best place to eat breakfast before the super bowl

 

Brenda’s French Soul Food

You might have to wait to get in, (or you can always sit at the counter) but it’s worth it. Brenda’s French Soul Food is a great place for a Super Bowl pre-game, pre-tailgate breakfast. Get some beignets if you’re a fan of sweet donuts with your coffee. Their biscuits are also worth a mention. Or try the shrimp and grits. Really, you can’t go wrong!

652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102

 

Dottie’s True Blue Cafe

If you’re not in a hurry (no reservations) it’s worth it. Dottie’s True Blue Cafe pastries made in-house are a wonderful way to start the morning. And if you decide to eat here more than one morning you’re staying in San Francisco, either for vacation or for the Big Game, they rotate out. So, you’ll have a new selection. The sausage scrambles are also worth a bite. Happy breakfast!

28 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Zazie

This is a great little French bistro. Zazie’s is popular with the brunch crowd. There are longer lines, but they move quickly. They offer the breakfast favorites, and sometimes with a twist. Zazie’s menu prices might look higher at first glance, but they include the tip already, so don’t freak out! Their menu gives you a good idea of what to expect, so you can already know what you want before you even arrive.

941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117

 

The Butler and the Chef

If a place is known for something, it’s a safe bet it’ll be good. The Butler and the Chef is recognized particularly for their croque monsieur. It’s another tiny French bistro great for breakfast, but extends into lunch. Good quiche. Again, as is the norm in the city, be prepared for a bit of a wait. But the fully belly at the end is always worth it.

155 S Park St, San Francisco, CA 94107

 

Mama’s on Washington Square

They serve breakfast all day. And the line to get into Mama’s usually wraps around the corner. That should tell you something about how good the food is. They serve homemade jam by the way, and very yummy french toast! As a side note, it’s a cash-only place. You’ve been warned.

1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

 

Sweet Maple

You want the southern benedict with a side of millionaire’s bacon. Food of the gods. Sweet Maple is a great local San Francisco spot. If you want a fully belly before getting ready for the Super Bowl 50 festivities, this is a pretty great option. Also, their Instagram is worth a gander if you have a chance. But make sure you’re already full, otherwise you’ll be starving in seconds!

2101 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115

 

Bonus: Bambino’s Ristorante

Bambino’s Ristorante earned a spot on our list for one very, very good reason. They deliver. They deliver brunch. You can have eggs benedict delivered. You have the option of eating in your pajamas. The world is a wonderful place.

945 Cole Street San Francisco, CA 94117

 

If you plan where you’re going beforehand it won’t be a breakfast scramble to get some good food. Or you could always wing it, and just walk around near your hotel. Chances are your Super Bowl package includes a hotel in a great area. Because San Francisco is a great place for food, you can’t go wrong!

 

If you always plan everything three months in advance you want to know where you’re going, when you’re eating, and what’s on the menu. If there’s a great place you love to eat at for breakfast in the Bay Area that’s not on our list, let us know! But, a tip to the smart breakfast patron, get there early! These tables fill up fast. And with more people in town for the Super Bowl, it’s only going to get crazier.

Super Bowl 50 City Time

Everything is starting to fall in place for Super Bowl 50! As we get closer to the Super Bowl (fewer than 100 days!) everyone is starting to make their plans for what to do while they’re in San Francisco. That means it’s Super Bowl City time! Super Bowl City is a must-visit for the biggest NFL fans going to Super Bowl 50!

In case you’ve never heard of it, each city that hosts the Super Bowl gets their own unique Super Bowl City. It’s a free fan-zone or “fan village” area that includes food and drink vendors, and family friendly events. Exhibits will be on display for passersby, as well as art exhibits and displays to browse through. This will be where all the action is prior to kickoff on the 7th.

For the Super Bowl this year, San Francisco will close the eastern stretch of famed Market St. to be turned into Super Bowl City. This will be near the staging area for CBS TV coverage as well. Super Bowl city itself will be centered in Justin Herman Plaza. The theory behind this year’s city is to show off the best of what the Bay Area can offer including interactive games and activities. This is best fun (and free) way to celebrate the world’s biggest sporting event on it’s golden fiftieth anniversary!

 

This is the first time the Super Bowl has been held in San Francisco since 1985. Levi’s Stadium (home of the 49ers) will play host for the Big Game. Super Bowl 2016 tickets are still available from the roughly 75,000 seats the stadium can hold.

 

But there are other must-visit attractions for your Super Bowl 50 vacation. First, the NFL Experience is a great stop. It offers the opportunity to meet some of your favorite NFL players. Second, a Super Bowl trip to San Francisco warrants a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge. Because you can’t go to San Francisco and not see the bridge. Third, the best Super Bowl pregame tailgate party will be Bullseye Event Group’s Players Super Bowl Tailgate. This year, the celebrity chef cooking the food will be Guy Fieri, and there’s always a big-name host for the event along with past and present NFL players. It’s a great way to celebrate on Super Bowl Sunday!

Super Bowl City opens January 30th and will close February 7th of 2016. Even if you’re just in the city to enjoy the atmosphere, this is one great stop you have to make! If you hear of any other great Super Bowl 50 events, let us know!

Got Everything You Need for Super Bowl 50?

You’ve only got 85 days until Super Bowl 50. It’s not as far away as it seems! If your team is doing well this year, (looking at your Carolina Panther’s fans) it’s easy to get wrapped up in the hype and forget about the post-season. So, here’s a list of everything you need to have in place before heading out to San Francisco to watch some good football.

San Francisco

 

Tickets

It’s generally a bad idea to assume you can get tickets at the door for the biggest sporting event in the Unites States. If you buy them early it’s easier to secure the exact seat you want. Double check you remember where you put your tickets in your luggage too, they’re easy to misplace. If you haven’t yet, you can check out Super Bowl 50 tickets now!

Hotel

Do you have your room booked? If your best friend suddenly decided to bring his new girlfriend, did you remember to update the reservation? Do you know how many days you’re staying? Do you know how far it is from your hotel to the Stadium? Check to see if you can get a deal on hotel rooms if you’re making reservations for the whole family. Or, if you’d prefer, you can get a Super Bowl 2016 package and they’ll take care of all of that for you.

Travel

First figure out how many days you want to stay. Then check the calendar to see which day you should fly down. Most importantly, did you remember to call in sick on the Monday after game day? Be sure to double check how many bags you can bring on your plane. Also, don’t forget to arrange transportation to the airport from your house! Sometimes family members aren’t forgiving if you call them at 6 a.m. the day you’re flying out.

Friends

Do you know who you’re going with? If you’re planning on going with a big group, did you check to make sure you’re all in the same hotel? Is everyone flying on the same day? Do you know where you’re meeting? Maybe you want to ask around on Facebook or Twitter to see if anyone else is going to the game. That way you can add to the party.

Tailgate

If you make plans now you can still get into the best pre-game tailgates around. Because it’s the Super Bowl, you want to go big! Check out the Players Super Bowl Tailgate, it’s catered by Guy Fieri this year. Because they do all the cooking, you don’t have to worry about finding a grill while you’re traveling.

Parties

Once your teams wins the day, you’ll want somewhere great to party! There are some great San Francisco events you can buy tickets for. Don’t get stuck looking for space in a crowded bar after the game. The closer we get to game day, the more details will be available on Super Bowl parties.

Directions

Do you know how to get to Levi’s Stadium from where you’re staying? We offer game-day transportation as part of our Super Bowl Packages. But in case you’re renting a car, here’s the address for the stadium: 4900 Marie P Bartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054. And directions for getting there.

Date and Time

The NFL recommends fans arrive by 11:00 a.m. on February 7th 2016. Look at what you can bring into the stadium before you leave. It should be gorgeous in California, but don’t forget to check the weather before you go!

 

When you’re pretty sure your team is going to make it, don’t put off making plans for Super Bowl 2016. There’s a lot to plan for before we even get to the playoffs. If you wait until you’re 100% sure your team will be in the running for a ring, you’ll miss out on some great Super Bowl package deals.

 

Have a great time!

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