Are you ready for some football?!
Yes, after months of the Bay Area waiting, planning, complaining (and eventually registering complaints in the form of lighthearted vandalism), Super Bowl 50 is finally upon us. And while admission to the game and many of its adjacent events is anything but cheap (Red Hot Chili Peppers for $1300 and up, anyone?), it’s also true that, should you feel like braving the crowds to check out the weird pop-up football Disneyland of sorts that is Super Bowl City, you’ll be rewarded with free entertainment options galore.
Most notably, there will be lots and lots of puppies. Yes, from this Thursday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 7, every non-football fan’s favorite thing about the Super Bowl is happening live. Ahead of Animal Planet’s actual televised Puppy Bowl, a sort of puppy pop-up called the Puppy Bowl Cafe will take place every day from 11am to 8pm at Gott’s Roadside in the Ferry Building. (As a friend who works nearby put it: “Okay I’m not mad at the Super Bowl anymore.”) Bonus! All puppies are up for adoption — and at half-off the normal rate, thanks to the East Bay SPCA and San Francisco Animal Care and Control. Details here.
If, on the other hand, you’re not interested in going anywhere near a place with the words “Super Bowl” emblazoned on it? We’ve got you covered, too. Here’s this week’s Cheap Date.