The NFL Experience makes San Francisco Boom

The Lombardi Trophy awaits an owner at the NFL Experience.

Josef Gonzalez

The Lombardi Trophy awaits an owner at the NFL Experience.

Josef Gonzalez, Staff Writer

Super Bowl week is the week that leads to America’s biggest sporting event, the Super Bowl. This year, Super Bowl fifty was held in the San Francisco Bay Area, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

One of the biggest events leading up to the Super Bowl was the NFL Experience, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

The Experience opened on Jan. 30, eight days before the big game. The charge for an entry ticket was $35, which some said was a reasonable price to pay for such a big event.

Sophomore Antonio Barba said, “It was a great experience because I got to see some true legends in the NFL. I’m glad I went because it was a lifetime event. It was definitely worth the $35  to enter.”

Although the entry fee was not as bad, the food pricing was incredibly high, with a slice of pizza costing $8 and a soda or water costing $5.

In the Moscone Center, there was a large amount of activities, from trying to throw a “hail Mary” to attempting to kick a field goal. Other activities included watching “game film” and getting players’ autographs.

Outside the center, there were more activities, such as running the 40-yard dash and seeing how high you can jump.

The lines for every activity were extremely long, lasting almost an hour for a 30-second activity. The real enjoyment was in just looking at the people from around the world and the whole atmosphere of the experience.

Sophomore Timmy Palthe said, “It was a cool look into the NFL itself for someone that does not know much about it. It was cool to have lots of people to come to our home town and experience something so nation-wide. It was cool to see what the players go through and try it out yourself in the events.”

Thousands of people came from around the country and even the world to experience the fantastic event which made San Francisco even more diverse.

Sophomore Julia Walsh said, “I really enjoyed it. I think it was a good opportunity for people to see what the NFL is actually like. It was cool because it only happens once a year and it was in our home city.”

Despite the long lines and the high prices, the NFL Experience was a great way to start of the Super Bowl week.