Letter From Ralph E. Stone

Super Bowl 50

It is a bit presumptuous for San Francisco to host Super Bowl 50. As I remember, San Francisco’s NFL team — the 49ers — left for Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara a few years ago. The team is now the Santa Clara 49ers or the South Bay 49ers some 50 or so miles from San Francisco. Why isn’t Santa Clara the host city? Meanwhile, we San Franciscans must endure street closures and major gridlock. The Super Bowl will be played on February 7, yet the road closures will be in effect until February 12. The NFL should at least reimburse San Francisco for the cost of hosting the event — estimated to be about $5 million — as proposed by SF Supervisor Jane Kim.