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Where to Watch the Super Bowl in the Bay Area on Sunday

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A person with a red jersey watched football on TV.
Fans watch the NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions near Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Jan. 28, 2024. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

The 49ers made it to the Super Bowl — and on Sunday, they’ll be facing off against the Kansas City Chiefs in Las Vegas.

Unless you’re headed to Vegas to experience the showdown in person, there’s a good chance you’re looking for ways to watch the Super Bowl right here in the Bay Area. Keep reading for where to stream Super Bowl LVIII, ideas for bars that’ll be showing the game and hosting Super Bowl watch parties, and who is playing the halftime show.

(Looking for more ways to get ready? Check out KQED Arts’s 49 things to do before watching the big game, and what fair-weather football fans should know about supporting the Niners in true Bay Area fashion.)

Where to watch the 2024 Super Bowl

The 49ers vs. Chiefs Super Bowl kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. If you don’t have cable, you can stream the Super Bowl on the following online services. (Be sure to check if you can get a free trial version):

More on the Super Bowl

Attend a Super Bowl watch party in the Bay Area

Countless bars, restaurants, cafes and event spaces around the Bay will be hosting their own Super Bowl watch parties on Sunday. Some will be ticketed, some will require RSVPs, but one thing’s virtually certain: You’ll need to show up early to get a seat.

Here is just a small selection of the various Super Bowl watch parties happening around the Bay Area.

Reddit user Agreeable-Ostrich773 has also created a map of places Niners fans are known to meet up.

More Super Bowl-adjacent entertainment to watch Sunday

This year will also be the first year that Nickelodeon is airing its own version of the Super Bowl, with Spongebob and Patrick as the commentators. You can watch this on CBS/Nickelodeon on cable or Paramount Plus’ streaming service. You may also consider pre-gaming this historic moment with the best Spongebob Squarepants episode aired: “Band Geeks,” to better understand why Nickelodeon will be playing a new version of the track “Sweet Victory” before their version of Sunday’s game.

The most important thing in the world, the Puppy Bowl, is airing before the Super Bowl at 11 a.m. PST, and you can stream it on Max, Animal Planet, TBS, Discovery and TruTV. (And if you are thinking of taking the big step and committing to dog adoption yourself, you may be able to do it for $49 from the Humane Society Silicon Valley.)

Who is playing the Super Bowl half-time show?

Legendary performer Usher will be headlining the half-time, hot off his wildly successful Las Vegas residency and new album, Coming Home.

(Usher has also announced a North America tour — so keep your eyes out for ticket sign-ups after the Super Bowl if you’re hoping to attend. He will be playing two nights in Oakland at the end of September.)

Relive his excellent Tiny Desk performance from 2022.

What are the anticipated Super Bowl commercials this year?

For the less football-inclined, commercials can often be the highlight of the Super Bowl — or at least some distraction. This year will feature celebrities like Jenna Ortega, Chris Pratt, Tom Brady and Boston actor Ben Affleck (in a Dunkin Donuts commercial, naturally.)

Dunkin’ ‘Popstar’ ft. Ben Affleck & Charli D’Amelio

Here is a particularly adorable advertisement for film fans featuring Killers of the Flower Moon director Martin Scorsese and his daughter, Francesca Scorsese — who are both popular on her TikTok page, where she unleashes Gen-Z trends on her famed father.

Marty & Francesca Make a Website

This author is also, I’ll admit, confounded by this ad from Paramount Plus, where Star Trek’s Patrick Stewart tries to kill the football-headed boy from Nickelodeon’s Hey Arnold.

Paramount+ Super Bowl Spot | Sir Patrick Stewart Throws a Hail Arnold | A Mountain of Entertainment™

The Super Bowl is also a prime time to drop new movie trailers of upcoming blockbusters this summer. (This author’s personal hopes are for Dune Part Two and Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. Deadpool 3, Wicked and Inside Out 2 are also big bets.)

(Non-Swifties do not interact) Will Taylor Swift be there?

Taylor Swift has been showing up at a lot of Kansas City Chiefs games to cheer on boyfriend and Chiefs player Travis Kelce. But this week might be hard, considering she is scheduled for her Tokyo shows of the Eras tour.

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NPR investigates that international travel itinerary here, but the Japanese embassy in Washington, D.C. claims that despite the 12-hour flight and 17-hour time difference, she could “comfortably” arrive in Las Vegas if she leaves in the evening after her concert.

“We know that many people in Japan are excited to experience Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour, so we wanted to confirm that anyone concerned can be Fearless in knowing that this talented performer can wow Japanese audiences and still make it to Las Vegas to support the Chiefs when they take the field for the Super Bowl wearing Red,” the embassy wrote on Twitter, dropping a couple of references to Swift’s past albums.

Before the Bay Area becomes the ire of Taylor Swift fans rooting for the Chiefs, remember a ton of us here are stans too.

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