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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Super Bowl Host Committee Agrees Not to Dismantle Real City Infrastructure to Build Fake City

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 10:48 AM

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In a major victory for people who live and work in the real city of San Francisco, the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee has backed away from a plan to take down Muni wires in order to build a fake city on the Embarcadero, the San Francisco Examiner reports

The Examiner revealed last week that the committee was planning to take down the overhead Muni wires in order to make room for "Super Bowl City" — a "hub of fan energy and excitement" featuring "family-friendly activities for fans of all ages." (Except the homeless. No homeless of any age allowed, per the Mayor.) 

But after significant backlash to the idea that a "fan village" would necessitate eight days of disruption to Muni service from San Francisco's real life villagers, the Super Bowl has decided to change it's plans. 

Per the Examiner
Super Bowl Host Committee spokesman Nathan Ballard confirmed that information, telling the Examiner, “We’ve decided to reconfigure the Super Bowl City.”

The decision came after “sitting down and talking with Muni,” Ballard said. “We had never taken a final decision to take down the wires, but we want to be good partners with Muni.”

At a press conference Wednesday morning for the Super Bowl, SFMTA Director of Transit Ed Reiskin also metioned the wires would not come down, amid a larger speech he was giving about transportation for the Super Bowl.

“To address an issue that’s been out there, there’s been a lot of talk about the site at the Embarcadero and Muni overhead wires,” Reiskin said. “The issue with the wires is, if there is a structure close to the wires, it’s not safe. As we’ve been ‘iterating’ with them, they’ve been able to redesign their structures for the village so it will not require removal of overhead wires.”

“It would’ve caused some disruption,” he said. Now, “that won’t be an issue.”
This is great news for people who generally agree that how San Francisco looks in the background of live shots for CBS's Super Bowl coverage is less important than getting to work.

But honestly, the Host Committee could save itself a lot of trouble by building "Super Bowl City" on a studio lot in Hollywood. They probably already have most of the props, it'll look nicer, they won't have to worry about buying bus tickets to Nevada for the street homeless who live in the area, and the commute to the site of the actual football game will probably be comparable. Just an idea... 
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