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Isn't that where Super Bowl 50 will be held?[edit]

Or am I mistaken? If so, should this be mentioned in the article? Hobbitschuster (talk) 03:01, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

Good catch! Yes, on Sunday 7 February. Expect increased traffic, crowded restaurants, a spike in hotel prices. Shall we put some sort of banner near the top of the page, for both Santa Clara and San Jose? Peter Chastain (talk) 21:33, 7 January 2016 (UTC)
I think this might be a good idea. Hobbitschuster (talk) 22:14, 7 January 2016 (UTC)
OK, here's my first stab at this. I don't have time, right now, to educate myself on how to make pretty boxes and those clickable numbers like what the listing templates use for map coordinates, so I hope someone can step in with some improvements in both wording and formatting, assuming we want to do this.

Super Bowl 50

On February 7, 2016, 3PM, Super Bowl 50 will be played at Levi's Stadium . Expect traffic delays, crowded restaurants and hotels, and a high demand for airline tickets to San Jose on that weekend.

Peter Chastain (talk) 23:11, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

Super Bowl 50[edit]

Swept in from the pub

Super Bowl 50 (SB50), scheduled to be played in Santa Clara on Sunday, February 7, 2016, will have an impact on visitors to the South Bay February 1–8:

  • Airplane tickets are probably sold-out or expensive.
  • Lodging is hard to find. A crummy motel, a few blocks from my house, is charging $795/night for the weekend. People with spare rooms are reportedly renting them for a couple hundred dollars per night.
  • Traffic will be heavy on freeways and expressways near Levi's Stadium.
  • It might be difficult to get restaurant reservations, particularly in nearby normally quiet places like Alviso.
  • Public-transit agencies are organizing service to the game. (I think you have to buy a special higher-priced ticket in advance.)
  • Events have been organized throughout the Bay Area. (Actually, some of those look like regular annual events whose organizers are taking advantage of SB50.)
  • Boosters as far south as Gilroy and Watsonville are on the web, suggesting fun ways you can spend 50 hours, and of course more than that many dollars, in their town.

What should we do about this? I would suggest:

  • Design a banner/box, to be placed at the top of destination articles.
  • Perhaps write a travel-topic article about enjoying or coping with the events.
  • Add SB50 information to the Bay Area public transit article.

I probably won't have time to do much with the first two bullets, but since I am actively editing the transit article, I can add something there, if nobody else gets to it first. Peter Chastain (talk) 16:40, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Well, we do mention (a bit of) it on the American Football page... Though I like the idea of (maybe in the future) putting a specific alert on the destination pages of where it is held... Hobbitschuster (talk) 18:16, 25 January 2016 (UTC)
I was sort of thinking of the people who might not be fully aware of the event, or who might need to be in the South Bay despite it. About half an hour ago, the KQED-FM traffic reporter mentioned "city Super Bowl closures" (in San Francisco): yes, we are late on this, but I hope someone steps forward to add alerts this year, rather than waiting for SB51. Peter Chastain (talk) 22:37, 25 January 2016 (UTC)
I was implying let's not be so late about it for SB LI (for some reason it won't be 51, Olbermann had a bit to say about this...), I was not saying we are necessarily late for SB 50... Hobbitschuster (talk) 23:19, 25 January 2016 (UTC)
There will also be intensive surveillance throughout the region. It would be hard to think of a more American or better publicized target for a terrorist attack than the Super Bowl, and a whole slew of government agencies are taking steps. Pashley (talk) 14:05, 1 February 2016 (UTC)