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Iconic Bay Area sites accentuate ESPN’s Super Bowl 50 remote coverage

SAN FRANCISCO – Super Bowl 50 in the Bay Area is a milestone for America’s biggest sporting extravaganza.

Fittingly, ESPN picked one of the nation’s most recognizable landmarks – the Golden Gate Bridge and the historic Alcatraz Island – as the backdrop for its studio home at the expansive Marina Green in San Francisco for its coverage of the week for Super Bowl 50.

Beginning today, ESPN’s signature programs SportsCenter, PTI, and other marquee NFL studio programming such as NFL Live, NFL Insiders, Postseason NFL Countdown, and segments for NFL Live desde México will originate from the scenic Marina Green.

“Whenever we go to a Super Bowl city, we look for, first and foremost, iconic backdrops. For me, two of the most iconic locations or backdrops would be the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz,” said Seth Markman, ESPN’s senior coordinating producer who oversees NFL studio programming and Super Bowl Week coverage.

“At Marina Green, we were able to get a location where you can see both of those shots. It is a really nice area of the city. It is going to show up great on TV and when people tune in to ESPN, they’ll know we are coming from San Francisco.”

First Take on ESPN2 (weekdays, 10 a.m.12 p.m. ET) and ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike (simulcast on ESPN2, weekdays 6-10 a.m. ET) will be aired live from San Francisco’s Fort Mason.

With the Marina Green and Fort Mason locations, ESPN has one of the most expansive footprints in San Francisco this week for its coverage of Super Bowl 50.

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