Super Bowl 50 is just five days away and the city of San Francisco is pulling out all the stops. While the Broncos and Panthers gear up for the biggest game of the season, San Francisco is preparing for an estimated one million visitors this week.

A Net Positive Super Bowl

There is so much that sets Super Bowl 50 apart from the rest, but the host committee’s dedication to creating a net positive Super Bowl is superior. Their goals include:

  • Using materials and resources responsibly
  • Inspiring fans to embrace sustainability personally
  • Delivering a low-carbon event
  • Maximizing sustainable transportation and temporary power
  • Leaving a sustainable legacy in the Bay area
We’re not just hosting a Super Bowl in 2016. We’re redefining it.
— Super Bowl 50 Host Committee

Not only is the game being played at Levi’s® Stadium - a LEED Gold certified building and one of the most sustainable stadiums in the country - but they are also taking many steps to reach their goals and create a net positive event. A few noteworthy initiatives include: 

  • Working with TerraPass to offset unavoidable emissions 
  • Creating a bike valet for all 9 days of Super Bowl City
  • Giving back 25% of all corporate sponsorship funds raised to improve communities in the Bay area
  • Developing a program that makes sure leftover food from the events will go to food banks in the area rather than being tossed 
  • Promoting the #BringYourOwn campaign, which encourages fans to bring their own water bottles to events held throughout the week

In an interview with Green Biz, Neill Duffy - co-chair of the Sustainability sub-committee and sustainability advisor for the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 host committee - said, “To leave sustainability out would be to only tell part of the story.” 

Super Bowl 50 will be the most shared, most participated in, most giving Super Bowl ever.
— Neill Duffy

Super Bowl 50 also set up 50 Fund, a philanthropic initiative whose pillars of service include youth development, community investment, and sustainable environments. Through 50 Fund, nonprofits and community-based organizations can apply for grants for projects that will have a direct impact on their communities. 

You don’t have to be a non-profit or member of the host committee to help make Super Bowl 50 a net positive event. If you are a resident of California, you can join the Play Your Part pledge, where you commit to a sustainable action and in return, you can give to an environmental cause of your choosing. You’ll also be entered in a contest to win tickets to Super Bowl 50. Not too bad of a deal if you ask us! 

Bring on the events 

While there are entire websites dedicated to all of the different events taking place in the City by the Bay this week, we pulled together 5 events that have us wishing we were en route to the west coast.  

1. Watch 

At the City Stage presented by Levi’s®, there will be no shortage of concerts to attend. Check out Matt Nathanson on Wednesday, The Band Perry on Thursday, OneRepublic on Friday, and Alicia Keys on Saturday. 

2. Drink

On Feb 6, work your way through Excelsior - the birthplace of the San Francisco 49ers - as part of the Super Community pub crawl. The bar lineup includes six local watering holes in the neighborhood where the original owners of the 49ers lived. Kickoff is at 5pm on Saturday. 

3. Play

Super Bowl City presented by Verizon is a must-see this week. The free fan village, located at Justin Herman Plaza, is a place to celebrate all that Super Bowl 50 - and its host city - have to offer.

From the City Stage to the Fan Energy Zone, stop by this week to experience all the games, cultural activities, music, and food that the city has to offer. 

4. Run

Millbrae’s Super Bowl of Chili run is a 5k fun run taking place on Sat, Feb 6. Complete with live music, a pancake breakfast, and an afternoon chili cook-off, this is a great event to get outside and explore one of San Francisco's neighboring cities. 

5. Explore

If you’re in the area, get your culture fix at San José’s SoFA’s Winter Market on Friday and Saturday, Feb 5-6. The market will be jam packed with craft retailers, live music, art galleries, and activities. 


Will you be in San Francisco this weekend? If so, tell us what events you’re going to in the comments below! 

Photos: 1) Flickr/Sonny Abesamis 2) Flickr/Kathy Drasky