By Chris Boothe
While the big game is definitely the highlight of upcoming events in Houston, what about the week leading up to Super Bowl LI? In fact, the week leading up may be just as fun and as exiting for fans of the NFL’s biggest game. With numerous events and family friendly setups across Houston, there is no shortage of activities for those looking for adventure this week.
Of course the parties are legendary, and this year will be no exception with events hosted all over Houston featuring celebrities of all levels. One in particular that happened to catch my attention was the, Casino Royale “Luv Ya Blue” Red Carpet Experience. For just a tiny admission fee of $250 per person, guests can rub elbows with Houston Oiler greats like Warren Moon, Cris Dishman, Bubba McDowell, Marcus Robertson, Lamar Lathon, Haywood Jeffries, James Williams, and more.
Of course, on a more serious and family friendly note, there are two places that stand out when delivering a one-of-a-kind experience. There is Super Bowl LIVE, which is held at Discovery Green park located in downtown Houston and there is the NFL Experience located in the George R. Brown Convention Center.
For starters, what makes Super Bowl LIVE so amazing is it is absolutely free. From NASA to music, Super Bowl LIVE will combine the NFL and Houston together, giving fans the opportunity to have a fun-filled afternoon. Did I mention music? Super Bowl LIVE will feature 66 bands on two stages over the course of a week. Bands like Blue October, ZZ Top, and Gary Clark Jr. will play free shows throughout the week for fans to enjoy.
This is just a handful of musical acts that fans can find in the Houston area. Club Nomadic, a 3-story collapsible entertainment center will host four concerts during Super Bowl week, including Sam Hunt, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and the Chainsmokers. Of course, this comes will a small fee with tickets found on Ticketmaster.com.
Back to Super Bowl LIVE, fans also will have the chance to enjoy “Future Flight”, a 90-foot drop tower that will take passengers on a trip to Mars and back, landing on the field just in time for Super Bowl LI.
Super Bowl LIVE also will feature a bike tour and Texans House, a hospitality venue for fans and guests.
For those willing to chip in a few dollars, going inside to the NFL Experience in the George R. Brown Convention Center, it is well worth the price of admission. Just $25 for children and $35 for adults (A fast pass also can be purchased for $55), fans can experience everything the NFL has to offer.
From youth football clinics to virtual reality and autograph sessions, fans have the chance to really experience everything there is to offer in the NFL. Fans also will have the chance to see and take pictures with the Lombardi Trophy before Roger Goodell hands it off following the conclusion of Sunday’s game.
Fans can kick off Super Bowl week at Minute Maid Park on Monday, January 30 with the Opening Night Celebration. On top of media interviews with players as they are introduced on the field, fans can receive autographs from players, cheerleaders, and mascots. While not free, a small $20 admission fee seems fair for the experience.
Of course there is plenty more going on across Houston during Super Bowl week, this is just a small glimpse of what can be done on a budget. So, if anyone finds themselves looking for an adventure, look no further than Houston, as it has been 13 years since the Super Bowl has been in the Bayou City, and who knows when it will return again.