Super Bowl 50 is coming up soon and the San Francisco Bay Area is gearing up to host the 50th anniversary of the NFL’s biggest event, however traffic detours in downtown San Francisco will begin soon. There will be major delays and detours, so plan ahead! If you need a ride to the Super Bowl, check out the Super Bowl 50 Party Bus HERE:
From 1/23 to 2/12, street closures will be in effect for 2 major Super Bowl events: Super Bowl City (a fan village in front of the Ferry Building and on Market Street) that will be free to the public and the NFL Experience and a pro football interactive theme park at Moscone Center.
The SFMTA is encouraging visitors & commuters to use the transit system or arrive by foot or bike. For people coming in from outside of the city, it will be best to park at a garage outside of the city and arrive by Caltrain, BART, or ferry.
The Super Bowl Events will take place from 1/30 to 2/7, however many streets will be closed for a longer time to allow for setup and break down. There will be detour routes, however they will likely be very congested.
Street Closures (from SFMTA website)
At Super Bowl City in front of the Ferry Building, the following streets will be closed to motor vehicles and bicycle traffic:
- The Embarcadero southbound, from Washington Street to Don Chee Way (the Ferry Plaza)
- Market Street east of Beale/Davis Streets
- Steuart Street from Market to Don Chee Way
Parking will be limited to make room for transit, emergency vehicles and event loading. For parking alternatives outside the Super Bowl City zone, check out the city parking page.
At Moscone Center, vehicle traffic will be prohibited on Howard Street from 3rd to 4th Street, as well as some lanes between 4th and 5th Streets.
Below are the detour routes where car traffic will be guided around the event zones. Once again, we encourage everyone to avoid driving on these routes unless necessary. If you need to drive north or south through the eastern part of the city, we recommend using Hyde Street, Gough Street, or Van Ness Avenue if possible.
Southbound Embarcadero: Drivers will be directed to use Battery and First Streets to cross Market Street. Drivers who continue south on The Embarcadero will be forced to turn right at Washington Street to Battery. The northbound lanes of The Embarcadero will remain open.
Drivers traveling eastbound on Market and Mission Streets will be forced to turn south on First Street, then to Folsom Street to continue east.
Howard Street at Third Street: Drivers traveling westbound on Howard will be directed to turn left at Second Street, then right on westbound Harrison Street. Drivers traveling southbound on New Montgomery will be directed to use Hawthorne to westbound Harrison.
This detour will be the same route used during other Moscone Center events like Oracle OpenWorld and Dreamforce last fall.
Things will be a little confusing for a bit, but the more people that leave their cars at home, the better the traffic will be. Check out the San Francisco Party Bus for Shuttles to the Dave Matthews Band Concert, Pharrell Concert and The Super Bowl!