Super Bowl Experience at Moscone Center in San Francisco, the event for fans of 2016 Super Bowl with the Panthers versus Broncos, gets fans into the game and onto the team with exciting and funny games, both real and virtual. It’s an interactive theme park where fans meet the real players face to face, get autographs and then see how their performance goes in the physical challenges set up inside and out. Visitors will have a blast even with zero knowledge of the game and anybody can appreciate Papa John’s young cheerleaders, who make a five hour appearance at Papa John’s on Thursday, 3:30 to 8:30 pm..
Youngest fans like toddlers and grade schoolers have a whole area with obstacle courses to race through with the same football exercises the pros do. Adults and kids will enjoy the outdoor challenges such as racing a virtual running back for fifty yards and seeing yourself in the race on the astroturf. The virtual players running are among the fastest in the real NFL. Vertical power matters too. See how high you can leap compared to the pros. Speed and agility count as does precision. Inside Moscone Center, adults have adult courses broken down into many types of football plays, from extra point kicks to Hail Mary’s. Check out the football launcher to catch a long pass then hurl yourself through the obstacle course. Some are simple, some challenging with multiple feats to accomplish. Video of kids’ challenge: Hang onto that ball!
Video: Obstacle Course outdoor.
Visa created great opportunities for spontaneous and original poses with players as photographers insert fans into games as players and coaches. Most of these green screen or digital fun photos require a smart phone, since photos go via a registration code to the fan’s personal cell phone through Visa’s software on laptops and cameras. Smart phones are not required for everything as parents and buddies take cell phone shots of others climbing inside of life size mannequins of players from each team. Static attractions dazzle. Check out the collection of real Super Bowl rings with the magnifying glasses; Pose with the Super Bowl trophy.
It’s great energy without sugar or caffeine and you leave feeling energized no matter what your age, gender or size. It’s a lively place with a sense of commaraderie, even down to the Skittles locker room where visitors unlock a gym locker to find a surprise like a rainbow terrycloth headband. All in all, the Experience seems definitely worth the $35 for adults or $25 for youth. You get some fun freebies, like Papa John’s pizza in three flavors; full size Oicos yogurts in many flavors; new Mountain Dew flavors that have different ingredients like coconut water or electrolytes; Fizz drinks you make yourself with a dispenser full of different flavors.
A food court with picnic tables fills an entire convention center room and there are some healthy options available like salads and a few reasonably priced options but note even a San Francisco It’s It costs about $4.75. Panini at one vender seem fairly reasonably priced. There are coffee and sodas, pastries. This is a family event not a sports bar. Football equipment and uniforms are for sale too including a tiny onesy in a brown leather football pattern with the football lacing up the front.
The Experience opens at 3:00 and goes to 10 pm. Saturday 10 to 10; Sunday game day, 10 am to 2 pm. For more information: Super Bowl 50 Experience