On Sunday, February 5th my hometown of Houston will be hosting the Super Bowl L1 at the NRG Stadium. This is the largest watched annual sporting event of the year. Some of the figures associated with this event are just astounding:
10,000 volunteers will make the event run smoothly.
$4 million is the approximate figure that will go to nonprofits through the NFL’s Charitable Giving Program.
$350 million is the expected net economic impact this event generates for Houston.
84,000 hotel rooms in the Houston area are ready to host visitors which is almost double the number of rooms available when Houston held the Super Bowl in 2004
140,000 out of town visitors expected to visit Houston for Super Bowl.
As you might imagine, the event calendar seems to be growing and evolving constantly. For the most up to date calendar visit the Houston Super Bowl main site. But here are three of the highlights:
Super Bowl Live – a FREE fan festival held in Discovery Green for the NINE DAYS leading up to the Super Bowl L1. Live music, interactive games and of course food will make this event fun for all the family. The main attraction will be the Future Flight attraction that will take riders to Mars and back (think virtual reality meets Tower of Terror).
NFL Experience Driven by Genesis – a pro football’s interactive theme park. This event will be held at the George R Brown Convention Center for the NINE DAYS leading up to the Super Bowl L1. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster for $35 for adults and $25 for children. An NFLXtra ticket can be purchased to give you priority access for $55.
Super Bowl Opening Night fueled by Gatorade – Held at Minute Maid Park on Monday, January 30th. Fans can watch the players and coaches be interviewed by the media. Ticket holders can also get autographs from NFL Legends plus meet the team mascots and cheerleaders. There will also be a live musical performance and a few special appearances that the organizers are keeping secret.
Houston has seen a major building boom in the lead up to the Super Bowl. A new area being called Restaurant Row is debuting at least 13 new restaurants and bars within an eight-block area of Discovery Green to delight visitors. It seems that there will be something to please everyone’s palate. Italian, southern comfort, gulf coast seafood, BBQ, and Mexican are just a few of the options available. But if you really want the full low-down on where to eat Super Bowl weekend then check out the Houston Food Bloggers Guide – HFBC TOUCHDOWN THROW DOWN: A GAME DAY FOODIE GUIDE
Many people will be holding Super Bowl parties in their homes on Sunday 5th . Let me share a few ideas to get the party started.
Decorations – Party City is the place to go. You can pick up whole kits that include plates, cups, napkins, table coverings, and decorations. Paper products make for easy clean up when the party is over. Free Shipping on orders of $75+
Drinks – If you have a large crowd coming then investing in a keg might be fun. Alternatively, stock up on an assortment of beers and soft drinks. Keep plenty of ice on hand. Place coolers in strategic areas so that guests can easily help themselves to refills. Oh and remember the bottle openers so that you don’t have to run around after your guests all day.
Food – Here you can have some fun. Making the event a potluck will potentially ease the burden on the host. Alternatively, getting a local company to cater makes it simple. Super Bowl is a busy day for the pizza delivery companies so plan ahead of time if you are thinking of going that route. Here are a couple of my favorite Houston food bloggers with their yummy ideas.
Boneless Buffalo Chicken Bites from Stephanie at CopyKat Recipes. Stephanie started publishing recipes on the web in 1995 just to capture her family favorites. Over the years she has developed many recipes that taste just like restaurant recipes.
Mexican Spinach Dip from Brenda over at Meal Planning Magic. Brenda is a busy mom, foodie and self-taught meal planner who shares tips, ideas, products and recipes that help you save time, save money and eat well.
However, you plan to spend Super Bowl weekend I hope you have a fun-filled weekend. And remember, if you don’t like football then there’s always those commercials to watch out for.
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