San Francisco

Super Bowl City Closed After Reaching Maximum Capacity

Friday night's program featured a fireworks show and a One Republic concert.

San Francisco police turned away thousands of people from Super Bowl City late Friday when the event reached maximum capacity.

The popular free event along the Embarcadero on Friday night drew a crush of visitors and NFL fans looking to soak up the excitement over Super Bowl weekend. The night was headlined by a fireworks show and a performance from One Republic.

An officer patrolling Super Bowl City estimated at least 15,000 people inside the event late Friday.

Many who planned to attend the event were disappointed when police turned them away.

"I was bummed out," said Norris Rivers, who came from Stockton. "It didn't work out, but we're here having fun."

Some people took Friday's early closure in stride.

"For safety reasons you have to limit the number of people," said Sia Langi, a San Francisco resident. "But there is another night tomorrow."

Super Bowl City resumes Saturday and pop star Alicia Keys is scheduled to perform in the evening.

A free fireworks show was held to ring in Super Bowl weekend at San Francisco Embarcadero on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.
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