SAN FRANCISCO -- The morning after the Giants won it all in October, Tess Newcomb arrived to find her workplace's storefront covered in graffiti and, in the street, the charred remains of a trash fire set by baseball "fans."

Those images will be in the back of her mind during her shift as assistant manager of the Mission District Skechers store Sunday, when thousands of fans will pour in to the city to watch -- on TV, at restaurants and bars -- the San Francisco 49ers battle the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. She hopes there isn't a repeat of the chaos.

"Win or lose, it might be coming," Newcomb said Thursday.

Over the past week, city leaders have anticipated what would be a second world championship for San Francisco in three months. They've warned, however, a repeat of the vandalism that erupted after the Giants' World Series win will not be tolerated. And the city has taken steps to back that up.

"We want people to be excited, we want people to be enthusiastic, but there is a way to do that without vandalizing our local businesses," said Supervisor David Campos, who represents the Mission District. "The kind of vandalism we saw is not going to be tolerated."

Lessons learned


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With every big event come new lessons in crowd control, said San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak. After the World Series win, unruly fans knocked over garbage cans, set fire to trash and disrupted MUNI service -- in one case slamming a barrier through a bus windshield before setting it ablaze.

Andraychak said the city's trash provider is working to remove garbage cans before the game "to take away any potential fuel." MUNI will use the more flexible diesel buses instead of electric buses dependent on overhead trolley wires so drivers can maneuver around crowds in the street, he said.

Police are also beefing up patrols citywide, with a focus on the city's night life hubs -- North Beach and the Mission and Marina districts -- to crack down on public drunkenness. A DUI checkpoint is scheduled for Saturday night, and roving DUI patrols will commence Sunday. Authorities advise partygoers to use mass transit instead of driving into the city.

Transit options

Transit schedules will make few concessions to Super Bowl Sunday, instead offering essentially the standard reduced service. For Peninsula and South Bay residents, Caltrain is running trains every hour. The final train arriving before the 3:30 p.m. kickoff leaves San Jose at 1 p.m. and arrives at the Fourth and King Street Station at 2:36 p.m. Another train leaving at 2 p.m. arrives at 3:36 p.m.

The final southbound train leaves the city at 9:15 p.m., well before the bars close. Alcohol consumption is permitted on Caltrain, but Spokeswoman Christine Dunn said, "We do not tolerate disruptive behavior."

BART plans on running trains with additional cars but will stick to its normal Sunday schedule, meaning the final trains will pass through San Francisco around midnight.

Reaction from merchants

Henry Karnilowicz, president of the San Francisco Council of District Merchants Association, said he hasn't heard from any merchants who plan to board up windows, like many did in Oakland during Occupy protests in 2011.

"Folks don't seem to be that concerned about it," Karnilowicz said. "We haven't reached that level over here."

Nevertheless, Newcomb said Skechers is prepared to close early if needed. Closing time is 7 p.m., which could coincide with the end of the Super Bowl.

"We don't know what's going to happen this coming Sunday," she said.

Contact David DeBolt at 925-943-8048. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.