San Franciscans Keep Defacing the Super Bowl 50 Statues the NFL Places All Over Town (Pics)
Super Bowl 50 is being played at Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers. The stadium is not actually in San Francisco, of course. It’s in Santa Clara, which is just outside San Jose, which is about a 50-minute drive south of San Francisco. However, Santa Clara and San Jose aren’t as cool as San Francisco and thus not very good for marketing. So all the Super Bowl week festivities are taking place in downtown San Francisco, and the NFL is just acting like that’s where the actual game is, too.
The problem with this is that San Franciscans are not very happy to be “hosting” the Super Bowl. Not only is the week-long event shutting down streets and making day-to-day life a total pain in the ass, but according to the San Francisco Chronicle (via SB Nation) all the hoopla is costing San Francisco taxpayers a whopping $5 million.
The biggest symbol of the inconvenience and cost to taxpayers? That would be the 10 one-ton “50” statues the NFL has placed at scenic locations all around town. Apparently the city cut the richest sports league in the world a sweet deal on those, waiving 50% of the fees they would normally collect for the permits needed to put promotional items in public spaces.
Fortunately, San Franciscan have been voicing their displeasure by vandalizing the statues, re-arranging the letters on the bases of the eyesores to make them say stupid slogans.
The one in front of City Hall was made to say “sup bro”:
— shanan (@shanand) January 28, 2016
The one at Twin Peaks was made to say “up ur bowel”:
— Hoodline (@HoodlineSF) January 31, 2016
And the one at Alamo Square was first made to say “superb owl”:
— Mike Rosenberg (@RosenbergMerc) January 27, 2016
Then it was tipped over and changed to “oops”:
— shanan (@shanand) January 30, 2016
Before it was eventually just removed:
— LZ (@lz) January 31, 2016
Now all the “50” statues have security guards:
— Tina Sturdevant (@TinaSturdevant) January 30, 2016
Way to go, San Francisco. You sure showed ’em.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]