Giants fans flocked to Civic Center Plaza in 2010 and 2012 to watch the team win the World Series. But for the Super Bowl, as of now there are no plans to broadcast the Feb. 3 game outside City Hall.
“I don’t think we are permitted to do one,” Mayor Ed Lee said of showing the 49ers game. “No Jumbotron for the Super Bowl.”
The NFL on Wednesday did not respond to questions about why San Francisco would not be able to show the game to a crowd of nonpaying viewers.
The mayor is encouraging people to watch the game at home with friends or at neighborhood businesses, according to mayoral spokeswoman Christine Falvey.
Lee also said The City wants to allow for celebrations in the event of a 49ers win while avoiding the destruction and violence that has plagued past sporting events. He said his office is directly engaged with the Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to put a plan into place for areas of The City that have historically been celebration points. The mayor said he will reach out to merchants and small-business owners before the game Feb. 3.
“It should be everybody’s celebration and not destruction in any way,” Lee said. “So we are going to keep the safety of our city as the No. 1 priority.”
Police Officer Albie Esparza said there will be increased staffing Feb. 3.
“We are preparing for a 49ers victory,” Esparza said.
After the 49ers won the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, police arrested a dozen people during rowdy celebrations in the Mission district.
The arrests included nine for public intoxication, one for an outstanding warrant, one for driving under the influence and one for assault with a deadly weapon.
“Win or lose, The City is going to be ready to respond,” Falvey said of the Super Bowl preparations.
Meanwhile, there are currently no plans for a parade if the 49ers win, the mayor said. After the Giants won the World Series in 2010 and 2012, there were parades through downtown.
For last year’s event, the team paid roughly $1 million for the setup while The City paid about $225,000 for staffing and other costs, which officials said was more than offset by the financial benefits of hosting championship games in town.