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Super Bowl 50 Countdown Starts

The countdown to Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, 2016 has started. Since May 21, 2013, the day that it was confirmed that Super Bowl 50 would be played at Levi’s Stadium, the home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers, civic leaders, the Bay Area hospitality community and NFL staff and owners have been working to create the most memorable Super Bowl ever.

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"We are looking at plans to make it spectacular," Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters before the site for Super Bowl 50 was even selected.

Here’s what is known so far. 

There will be a full week of events in advance of the game. The NFL Experience, pro football’s interactive theme park, will be held at Moscone Center and the Media Center will be housed in Moscone West. The Super Bowl Fan Village, which is expected to host one million fans during Super Bowl Week, will also be located in San Francisco, with its specific location to be announced in early April. 

Fans are dubbing this the “Golden Super Bowl” because of California’s “Golden State” nickname; the San Francisco 49ers, named after miners who came to California during the Gold Rush in 1849, and the traditional “golden anniversary” designation for 50 years.

This is the first Super Bowl to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area since Super Bowl XIX in January 1985.The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee has pledged that 25 percent of every dollar they raise will be invested in Bay Area nonprofits through the 50 Fund, its legacy initiative — 50 grants to 50 organizations in all. 

Fans are encouraged to contribute images to the countdown clock and more than 7,000 volunteers need to be recruited for Super Bowl 50. 

And the three questions organizers get asked the most? Here you go:

  • How can I buy tickets?
  • Who is going to play the Super Bowl 50 halftime? 
  • Do you know Pat Gallagher? The former head of Giants Enterprises and past chair of the San Francisco Travel Association board of directors is well known in the industry.