Super Bowl 50 in Mountain View: What You Need to Know

It’s going to be a big weekend for Mountain View when SB 50 comes to the Bay Area. Over 1 million people are expected to visit the Bay Area in the days leading up to Sunday, Feb. 7, when the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. And, Mountain View will be playing a major part in getting visitors to the Super Bowl safely.

“I would really like to thank the residents and businesses in Mountain View for coming together to accommodate the expected influx of visitors and transit users during this once-in-a-lifetime event. The City has been working with other agencies and preparing for months to make everything leading up to the first Sunday in February go as smoothly as possible.” — Mountain View Mayor Pat Showalter.

    • Any person who is heading to SB 50 by way of public transit from either San Francisco or the Peninsula will arrive in downtown Mountain View at the “transit hub,” where they will be directly shuttled to Levi’s Stadium.
  • What is the transit hub?
    • The “transit hub” is located in downtown Mountain View at the Mountain View Caltrain station. On Sunday, Feb. 7, any passengers boarding Caltrain traveling from San Francisco down through the Peninsula will arrive at the transit hub. There, riders will disembark and board VTA light rail trains that will travel directly to Levi’s Stadium. A bus bridge will be in place for those traveling elsewhere on Game Day. For more information on riding Caltrain and VTA for SB 50, please visit the agencies’ websites at and
  • Downtown Parking and Levi’s Stadium Parking Pilot Program
    • The Levi’s Stadium Parking Pilot Program will be in effect on Sunday, Feb. 7 from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. The three hour parking time restriction  will apply within the program boundaries. The current 2015-16 stadium event day parking permits will be valid on that day and residents within the program boundaries may request up to two guest parking permit passes valid on Feb. 7.  For more information on the pilot program, please visit
    • Paid parking locations will be available for those parking in downtown Mountain View and travelling to Levi’s Stadium.  The two parking structures are the designated locations:
      • Parking Structure 1 (Bryant Street between West Evelyn Avenue and Villa Street)
      • Parking Structure 3 (Bryant Street at California Street)

The City will charge $20 for each vehicle parking over the three hour parking time restriction. The public can park in the structures for less than three hours for free. Other public parking lots will have a three hour parking time limit.

  • How will SB 50 affect Mountain View residents?
    • Thousands are expected to utilize public transit on Sunday, Feb. 7. Be it taking public transit down from San Francisco or parking in Mountain View to board VTA to get to the stadium, there will be a noticeable uptick of people in the Old Mountain View neighborhood, particularly in the downtown area. There will be street closures in the immediate area surrounding the transit hub, and there will be parking lots designated specifically for those driving to Mountain View to board public transit to get to Levi’s Stadium.
    • Moffett Federal Airfield is expecting an increase in flight activity in the week of leading up to SB50. The majority of this traffic will be government security services and other support services.  We appreciate your understanding as we provide support to our community during this big event.  If you have any question or comments, you can call 650-386-0666 or email
    • The Mountain View Police Department will be increasing staffing to accommodate the influx of transit riders and visitors to the downtown area that day.
    • The weekly Farmer’s Market in downtown Mountain View has been moved for Sunday, Feb. 7. The new location is at Bryant and California streets. The revised hours for the Farmer’s Market will be from 9 am to noon. Any questions relating to the changes for the Farmer’s Market can be directed to Tiffany Chew – Business Development Specialist. She can be reached at The Farmer’s Market will resume as scheduled the following Sunday at its normal location.
  • Where will street closures be located and what time will streets be closed?
    • Streets immediately adjacent to the transit hub will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7. No traffic will be allowed along those streets and no cars will be allowed to park in those areas.
    • Central Expressway will be closed between Shoreline Boulevard and Ferguson Drive. Evelyn Avenue will be closed from Bryant Street to Madera Way.
    • Cherry Lane, Castro Street, Blossom Lane, Hope Street and View Street will be closed between Villa Street and Evelyn Avenue.
    • There will be no parking for approximately 50 feet on the west side of Madera Way from its northwest corner to Evelyn Avenue for VTA buses to park.
      • A map of the street closures is attached to this release.
    • Residents and businesses in the areas that have street closures can apply for parking permits for Feb. 7. To apply for parking permits, contact Tiffany Chew at
    • *Please note, if cars are parked in areas that have been designated for street closure, and they are not moved by midnight on Feb. 6, they will be towed.*
    • To reiterate, there will be NO parking allowed on any streets within the closures on Sunday, Feb. 7. Those closures include Evelyn Avenue between Bryant Street and Madera Way and View Street between Evelyn Avenue and Villa Street. 
    • Residents who live along Front Street and Minton Street will be able to get to Bush Street, which will be open and to View Street (southbound only). However, those areas will not allow street parking. Cars that have not been moved off of the street will be towed starting at midnight on Saturday, Feb. 6. That rule will remain in effect until 10 pm on Sunday, Feb. 7.
    • Signs notifying residents of the closures will be put up roughly 72 hours in advance.

  • What is the best way to stay updated on street closures and info. with the transit center?
    • The best way to stay up-to-date on street closures and what is going on in downtown Mountain View as people make their way to and from Levi’s Stadium is to follow the Mountain View Police Department’s Twitter page: @MountainViewPD.
    • For public safety-related information not only in Mountain View but throughout the Bay Area on Game Day, you can follow the official Public Safety Twitter page: @scsb50.
    • Mountain View PD will also be updating their Facebook page regularly throughout the day with Mountain View-specific news related to the transit hub and street closures.
    • A spokesperson for the Mountain View Police Department will be made available Sunday, Feb. 7 to answer any questions you may have. To reach them, please contact

Football fans from across the nation will be traveling to our region and city to participate in Super Bowl festivities. For those celebrating the championship game and for those just impacted by the game’s activities, it is important to remember that public safety agencies have planned and prepared to make Super Bowl 50 safe and secure, but we need your help.  

If you see something suspicious, say something by calling the police. Please be patient and check in with us for notifications concerning road closures and anticipated delays. Have fun, designate a sober driver, and celebrate responsibly.” — Mountain View Police Chief Max Bosel



16 thoughts on “Super Bowl 50 in Mountain View: What You Need to Know

    1. Mountain View PD

      Hi Anthony, yes, people will be able to walk in the downtown area where streets are closed to traffic. Certain areas along Central Expressway and Evelyn may see more restrictions.

  1. John Nagle

    At least it’s only one day. San Francisco is closing off a section of the Embarcadero from Jan. 23 to Feb. 12.

  2. Alice

    Can you clarify — Levi’s stadium seats 70,000 people, more or less, so where does the estimated number of 1 million come from?

  3. Jeffrey

    I have read the million visitor statistic in several places. It is most probably wrong. It seems there will probably be a million visitors at Super Bowl events which occur during an entire week in numerous locations, but the vast majority (80-90%) will be local residents; furthermore, a small minority will be physically near Levi’s Stadium.

    Historically, for the 2013 Super Bowl, New Orleans estimated 133,145 out-of-town visitors (, p.23).
    In 2014, an estimated maximum of 200,000 out-of-town visitors arrived (

    If anyone has reliable AND definitive numbers, please reply here.

  4. Greg David

    This is all so horribly misguided and unnecessary. The stadium only holds the same amount of people as any other game. This is just another public spending boondoggle that will only inconvenience Mountain View residents….

  5. peterxmoore

    What is the purpose of closing that section of Central? I assume it is for good reason, but I can’t see what it gains. Wouldn’t it just force through traffic from Central onto Mountain View streets, which seems like the last thing we would want.

      1. peterxmoore

        Could you expand on that? How is this closure expected to make things less congested or safer? It would seem instead to push more traffic onto Mountain View streets.

      2. Mountain View PD

        Because the Transit Hub is directly adjacent to Central Expressway, we want to ensure that all pedestrians coming to that area either by public transit or by walking are safe. Traffic in the area will likely head onto other streets, primarily Middlefield. But, Central Expressway will open up later Sunday evening.

  6. Dave Smith

    The post says that the Farmer’s Market has been moved to California and Bryant, but that lot (12 on the map) is shown as parking. Can you confirm which it will be? Thanks.

  7. J Q Public

    The post says the parking restrictions will be enforced Midnight Feb 6 until 10pm on Feb 7. It says streets will be closed starting at 6am on Feb 7.

    When do the street closures end?

    This is not mentioned anywhere in all of the times and dates sprinkled throughout the article.

    Also, I find it hilarious (not!) that every time a citizen questions some over-reaction of the “authorities” the “authority” comes back with the “it’s an abundance of caution” excuse/bromide.

    1. Mountain View PD

      The streets will be reopened once officials have determined that a majority of the traffic heading to the stadium has made it there. Please follow @MountainViewPD on Twitter to learn when that time will be exactly (most likely late afternoon after kick-off or early evening). All streets will be reopened by the evening.

      Our goal is to help everyone who is either visiting Mountain View on Sunday or who is traveling through Mountain View to Levi’s Stadium gets to where they need to be safely so they can have a great weekend. We be updating our social media channels throughout the day, and you are more than welcome to follow us to see what’s going on in and around the city.

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