Super Bowl City may have been at full capacity in San Francisco on Saturday, but the South Bay was also kept busy with a free concert and a dazzling fireworks display.
Large crowds came out to the Santa Clara Community Celebration, where a celebrity flag football game, a pep rally with the 49ers and Raiders cheerleaders and a youth activity zone kept fans entertained.
“I’ve been out here just enjoying the day,” said Tyler Pflibsen, a San Francisco 49ers fan. “It’s beautiful out here.
Pfibsen was excited to see rapper Ludacris during the celebrity match, which he said ended up being an “enjoyable” and “back and forth” game.
At around 6:30 p.m., the community celebration hosted a free concert featuring Huey Lewis and the News at Santa Clara University. The performance quickly met full capacity, although that didn’t stop people from lining up in hopes of getting their hands on a ticket.
Later in the evening, the Santa Clara skyline was aglow with a fireworks show at 8 p.m.
Meanwhile, Santa Clara businesses were hoping to finally cash in on the Super Bowl. Though restaurateurs had hoped the game would bring in big business, sales had been lackluster over at Siam Doubles.
“So far it’s been a little slow because most of the activities have been in San Francisco,” said Rey Gervacio of Siam Doubles.
He’s hoping tomorrow, when all eyes shift from San Francisco to Santa Clara, will bring in those much-anticipated profits.