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Where To View The Bay Bridge Lights In San Leandro

Two restaurants in the San Leandro Marina still have tables. Or bring a lawn chair and blanket and watch from the parking lot.

Keep this to yourself.

You can still reserve a table at Horatio's or El Torito in the San Leandro Marina to enjoy dinner while watching tonight's debut of "The Bay Lights," a glittering array of 25,000 LED lights created by artist Leo Villareal.

The lights will be turned on at about 9 p.m. Many bayfront restaurants are sold out in anticipation of the event.

"We have had to turn down hundreds of people," Duane Stinson, general manager at Sinbad's Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco told Bay City News.

But as of 2 pm Tuesday tables were available at Horatio's (351-5556) and El Torito (351-8825).

If you want to make a night of it, the Marina Inn (895-1311) has a few rooms with bay views available for $149 to $159.

If you can't get a table or room, bring your lawn chair, a beverage and snack, and a blanket and umbrella, and park in the Marina until 10 pm when police shut the area down for the night. 

Rain is in the forecast in various parts of the bay tonight but with any luck it will stay away until after the light sculpture is unveiled.

The lights will remain on for two years. They will not be visible to drivers on the  Bay Bridge.

The LEDs were mounted over the past several months on the vertical cables of the western span and will be on for about seven hours each night.

The $8 million project is being privately funded but is still about $2 million short of that amount.

Donate online at www.thebaylights.org.

The site also contains recommendations for where to view the lights and a link to a live webcast of tonight's ceremony.

What do you think of the idea? Will you take part in the spectacle?

anthony March 06, 2013 at 05:30 AM
Aren't we on the "dark side of the moon" for this one ?
Michael Gordon March 07, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Lights only go to the north side of the bridge. Sorry!
x March 07, 2013 at 12:58 AM
It looks very fancy and shimmery, but I would have definitely rather seen everyone that donated to this donate to feeding the homeless or something to help the community directly. This may (and that's a big MAY) cause people already coming to visit to check it out, but I don't see people coming from all over (spending money in S.F. benefitting S.F.) to come just to see it.
David Ross March 07, 2013 at 03:46 PM
But the mayor of San Francisco (and, as a politician, we know he doesn't lie or exaggerates) says the light show (not sculpture, regardless of what the "artist" says) will bring in $90 million to the Bay Area. They say art is in the eye of the beholder. This "beholder" says the lights are stupid.

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