Whether you are a fan of the San Francisco 49ers or the Oakland Raiders, your opportunity to see eight Vince Lombardi Trophies symbolic of eight Super Bowl championships under one roof is Saturday, October 17, at San Jose State University’s Spartan Stadium.
Starting at 3:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the East Field parking lot bordered by 10th Street and Alma Avenue, ‘The 50 Tour: Champions of the Bay Presented by Chevron” will be on display to celebrate the Bay Area’s unique place in Super Bowl history as the National Football League celebrates the game’s golden anniversary. No other region in the country can boast as many Super Bowl titles.
Free to the public, The 50 Tour features Champions Row - the Bay Area’s eight Vince Lombardi Trophies illustrated by photo montages capturing the 49ers five Super Bowl victories and the three by the Raiders – and the Chevron STEM Zone, an interactive display demonstrates how science, technology, engineering and mathematics fuels innovation through the lens of football.
San Jose State has its place in Super Bowl history. The University is one of only six universities with two alums as Super Bowl winning coaches. The late Bill Walsh (1931-2007) led the 49ers to National Football League (NFL) championships in Super Bowls XVI (1982), XIX (1985) and XXIII (1989) during his Hall of Fame coaching career. Dick Vermeil (Class of 1958) directed the St. Louis Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV (2000).
Six former San Jose State football players, including ESPN television football analyst David Diaz-Infante, played on Super Bowl winning teams. Current Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones is the most recent as a member of the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV win (2011). Twelve more Spartans experienced Super Bowl festivities during their professional careers.
“The 50 Tour: Champions of the Bay Presented by Chevron” is part of a full day of football at Spartan Stadium. The day concludes with San Jose State University hosting San Diego State University in a key Mountain West conference game starting at 7:30 p.m. ESPNU is televising the game nationally with Diaz-Infante serving as the network’s color analyst.
Tickets for the Spartans Homecoming football game versus San Diego State are available by calling (408) 924-SJTX or by visiting www.sjsuspartans.com/tickets.
Super Bowl 50 takes place February 7, 2016, in nearby Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. San Jose State University’s South Campus will be the practice site for the National Football Conference champion preparing for Super Bowl 50.