Tailgating may be prohibited in the parking lots of Levi’s Stadium ahead of Super Bowl 50 on February 7, but that shouldn’t stop fans from partying in style before kickoff. As is the case each year, there will be a number of options available to those looking to get the full Super Bowl experience during their time in Northern California, and TiqIQ is here to break down the best tailgating parties from San Francisco to Santa Clara on game day.
1) Great America Tailgate | California’s Great America Parking Lot (Santa Clara)
Located just a stone’s throw away from Levi’s Stadium is California’s Great America amusement park, which will utilize its parking lots for a mammoth tailgate party at the Pavilion on February 7. Thousands of tailgating fans are expected to show while the park will also be hosting its own series of corporate-sponsored parties inside its walls as well. The park is typically known for its “Red Zone Rally” tailgate prior to San Francisco 49ers games, and the fun will continue as SB 50 strolls into town this year.
2) Players Tailgate with Erin Andrews and Guy Fieri | Santa Clara Convention Center Parking Lot (Santa Clara)
If looking to be among star power before the game, look no further than the Players Super Bowl Tailgate in the Santa Clara Convention Center parking lot, which is located just west of Levi’s Stadium. FOX Sports’ very own Erin Andrews will emcee the festivities while additional appearances from world-renowned chef Guy Fieri. The tailgate will feature an open premium bar and all-you-can-eat dining services, with a five-star menu created by Fieri himself. Many past and former NFL players will also be in attendance. It will run on Super Bowl Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
3) NFL Experience | Moscone Center (San Francisco)
Being held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, the NFL Experience will be hosted in the Bay Area during Super Bowl Week. Dubbed as “pro football’s interactive theme park”, the NFL Experience will offer a center for fans who want to play like the pros while also providing autograph sessions of many of the game’s past and present players. It will run on Super Bowl Sunday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
4) Super Bowl City | Justin Herman Plaza (San Francisco)
San Francisco will host “Super Bowl City” this year, which is being called the hub of all Super Bowl festivities ahead of the big game. Located in Justin Herman Plaza, Super Bowl City will be a family-friendly experience displaying cultural exhibitions of San Francisco as well as the “Fan Energy Zone powered by SAP”, which features the 40-foot Fan Dome with interactive games, the Fan Wall of visual and virtual excitement and the Fan Stage filled with celebrity appearances, community partner presentations and DJ sets. Super Bowl City will be open on Super Bowl Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
5) The City Stage Presented by Levi’s | Justin Herman Plaza (San Francisco)
Many of the world’s biggest musicians will flock to San Francisco during Super Bowl Week, and countless A-list performances will be taking place at The City Stage Presented by Levi’s in Super Bowl City. The festivities kick off on Saturday, January 30 with performances from Destiny Arts and Sean Hayes and will run each day through Super Bowl Sunday. Among the notable performers set to grace the stage include Matt Nathanson, The Band Perry, OneRepublic and Alicia Keys. Super Bowl Sunday will see Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, John Brothers Piano Company and Glide Ensemble perform on The City Stage. Get all the information here.