Lori Hickey

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We’re 11 days away from Super Bowl 50, held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, home of the San Francisco 49ers. Just like every Super Bowl or major sporting event there is a heightened sense of security. Preparations have been ongoing for 2 years since Levi’s Stadium won the Super Bowl bid. Make sure to follow these steps to ensure your safety surrounding all things Super Bowl.Attending Fan Events

There will be several fan events in the San Francisco and San Jose area leading up to the game.

  • NFL Experience Driven by Hyundai will be held at the Moscone Center (North and South buildings) from Saturday, January 30 -- Sunday, February 7, 2016.
  • Super Bowl City is the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee's free-to-the-public fan village designed to celebrate the milestone Super Bowl 50 and to highlight its unique place in the Bay Area. This hub of fan energy will be open from Saturday, January 30 -- Sunday, February 7, 2016 in Justin Herman Plaza, on the Embarcadero at the foot of San Francisco's famed Market Street.
  • Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade will take place at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA on Monday, February 1, 2016 and will mark the first time the players and coaches address the media while in the Bay Area.

Tailgating the Event

The parking lots will open 4 hours before kickoff. To ensure the spot you want, arrive early. Tailgating is not allowed after kick off, violators will be asked to leave.

According to Levisstadium.com tailgating is defined as: “the use of any item (including tables, chairs, free-standing canopies or umbrellas, awnings attached to recreational vehicles, coolers, barbeques, grills, games, generators, televisions, sound systems, food or drink, food or drink preparation or serving equipment, or other items as identified by the City Manager or designee) for the purpose of an outdoor gathering by one or more people prior to, during, or after a scheduled stadium event.”

For your convenience, we’ve listed parking lot restrictions below. Please reference the parking lot map for any additional information.

Tailgating with open flame is permitted:

  • VIP Red Lot 1
  • VIP Red Lot 3
  • Red Lot VIP
  • RV Blue Lot
  • Blue Lot 1
  • VIP Green Lot 1
  • VIP Green Lot 2
  • Green Lot 4
  • VIP Yellow Lot 2
  • VIP Yellow Lot 3

Tailgating is NOT Permitted:

  • Red Lot 4
  • Red Lot 5
  • Red Lot 7
  • Blue Lot 2
  • Blue Lot 3
  • Green Lot 3
  • Green Lot 5
  • Yellow Lot VIP
  • VIP Yellow Lot 1

Tailgating is restricted, no open flame:

  • Red Lot 6
  • Red Lot 8

*Note: NO glass containers are permitted in ANY lot

levisstadium.jpgImage Credit: Levisstadium.com

Attending the Game

Levi’s Stadium holds approximately 68,500 fans. Given the anticipated crowds, the NFL urges fans to not bring any type of bag in the stadium. Should you need to bring a bag please make sure it meets these specifications:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bags.
  • An exception will be made for medical necessities after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

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Fans with oversized bags or prohibited items MUST check these bags or items at the following locations in Levi’s Stadium: in front of Intel Gate A and Dignity Health Gate C, Toyota Gate F. Please note these sites close one hour after the completion of the event.

Security screening begins at 11am PT on game day. Please arrive early to avoid delays.

Prohibited Items

The following is not a complete list, this is to be used as a guide.

  • Alcohol
  • Food
  • Animals (except assistive animals)
  • Footballs
  • Banner (any object that obstructs the view of another)
  • Fireworks
  • Beach Balls
  • Frisbees
  • Beverage
  • Laser Lights and Pointers
  • Camcorders
  • Mace / Pepper Spray
  • Containers of any type
  • Noisemakers and Horns
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Poles, Sticks, Missile-like objects of any kind
  • Coolers (of any size)
  • Strollers
  • Bottles
  • Tripods
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons, Knives and Explosives
  • Whistles


Like all stadiums, Levi’s Stadium has a list of all of their security policies here.


Good luck to the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos! Stay tuned for all the updates and information you need to prep for the big game!

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