Super-sized traffic problems for Super Bowl

- The Bay Area is headed into one of the busiest weekends of the year. The biggest draw is the Super Bowl, but there are other events that will create congestion on the roads.

Alicia Keys will hold a free concert at Super Bowl City Saturday night. Metallica will perform at AT&T Park.

In the East Bay, the Cal men's basketball team will face Stanford at 1 p.m.

There is also the Super City 50 Urban EDM Festival at O.co Coliseum in the afternoon, and at night, the

Warriors will battle the Oklahoma City Thunder in a nationally televised game at Oracle Area.

BART says Saturday could break the record for most riders in a day.

BART's current record is 568,061 riders on October 31, 2012, for the Giants second World Series championship parade and Halloween festivities.

On Thursday, BART carried 486,596 customers. That's compared to BART's all time record of ridership for the San Francisco Giants parade in 2010 with 522,198 riders.

As for the Super Bowl on Sunday, Santa Clara city officials are asking the public that if they are not going to the game, to avoid the area around Levi's Stadium. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is providing additional service for the game. Passengers will be able to take the light rail trains right to Levi's Stadium.

People traveling from San Francisco are asked to take Caltrain and stop at Mountain View, where they can board VTA to the stadium. Fans must hvae bought a light rail ticket beforehand. VTA expects up to 12,000 passengers.

If you are driving to the game, if possible avoid the major roads to Levi's Stadium, such as Highways 101, 237, 880, Lawrence Expressway, San Tomas Expressway, and Great America Parkway.

Traffic is expected to begin as early as 9 a.m., and last through 10 p.m. You can find more information, such as Sal Castaneda's strategy to avoid Super Bowl traffic, at the Super Bowl 50 section on this website.

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