Super Bowl L1 in Houston

Super Bowl L1 in Houston

    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.


    What events are planned?


    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.

    Football Feast

    What about the food?


    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


    How to host a Super Bowl party


    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.


    DecorationsParty 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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      • Thanks for putting together some great ideas. I know everyone loves watching the game and munching on the special treats.

      • Jenn says:

        Wow, you throw one heck of a Super Bowl Party! I have hosted a couple of small Super Bowl get together, but nothing as fun as this. I’m always looking for new fun hosting ideas. I love these. Hope you have a great time on Sunday.

        • Sue says:

          Being a British implant to Texas I really didn’t know anything about American football before I arrived. Now I know that it is almost a religion in Texas and to be taken very seriously.

      • Sky says:

        Some of those numbers really are incredible! I never really thought of the economic boost that having a Super Bowl would have for a city. I don’t care much about football but I’ve always loved watching for the food. That Mexican Spinach dip looks AMAZING.

        • Sue says:

          Houston is crazy at the moment. Celebrity watching around the city. The Falcons are staying in a hotel very close to my house so its a little bit congested to say the least. Great money maker for my hometown though.

      • censie says:

        We love Superbowl weekend! So many fun events, commercials, the big game and of course the game day food!! lol! This year we do not have our Denver team in the mix but we will still watch. Such interesting super bowl facts! Have a great superbowl weekend!!

      • You have so many great ideas here! I love love love Super Bowl weekend! So much fun, food and family time! Thanks for the suggestions.

      • My favorite part about the Super Bowl, well football games in general, is the food! Football food or appetizer type dishes are my favorite, though they aren’t always the healthiest! Off to check out your suggestions, you can never have too many!

        • Sue says:

          I discovered when I moved to the US in 1999 that food and any sports go hand in hand. I love how you really dont have to be a huge fan of the particular sport to still enjoy the event.

      • It is so exciting that the festivities will be held in Houston this year! I had no idea all of the people and actualy physicla numbers of them that contribute to the whole process!

      • I love football, so we can’t wait for the game on Sunday. We are hosting a big party to watch the game and have lots of yummy appetizers ready to serve, but I think it would be so much fun to actually be in Houston for the game. I bet the energy in the city is insane!

      • Valerie says:

        I haven’t even had time to sit down and look at the Superbowl stuff. I am so glad Bruno Mars is performing. We love him. Those dishes looks so good. I’m glad the economic impact is good for the city. I do pray they donate some of the funds from the commercials to charity. It’s crazy how much they get for those.

      • Watching the Superbowl live is something that I’d love to do in the future! Anyhow, my relatives back there are surely cracking up a big party so I’ll surely be sending them the info you posted here. 😀 I bet they’ll have a blast!

        • Sue says:

          It turned out to be a great Super Bowl, lots of twists and turns with the score, and going to overtime.Im sure many people had great celebrations in Houston in particular.

      • Did you get to see Bruno Mars too? I love his music! I don’t watch the Superbowl. I usually try to catch the halftime show but I didn’t get a chance this year. I do like Puppy Bowl though! LOL 🙂

        • Sue says:

          I was actually in the air all day of the Super Bowl on my way to Mumbai so I didnt get to see any of the game in my own hometown, oh well next time. I saw Bruno at the Houston rodeo a few years back and he was fabulous.

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