What: Super Bowl LI (51)
The biggest game of the American football life happens this weekend, and it is estimated that during it, Americans drink around 325 million gallons of beer, eat 25 billion chicken wings and 4.4 million pizzas. Ticket prices for the Bowl average $4,744, but start at $2,700. The largest group of ticket purchasers from any one place — 45% — appear to be from Houston.
Who: Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots
Two great quarterbacks will hit the field at NRG Stadium in Houston for the 51st iteration of the Super Bowl. Said quarterbacks lead two of the highest-scoring, driven offensive teams in the NFL. One QB is a newcomer to the Super Bowl; the other has been there a handful of times already. One is an NFL legend, one of the most talented QBs in the league. One is a fast-rising star who holds an equal candidacy for MVP, despite his team’s newness to national prominence up to now.
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Where: NRG Stadium, Houston TX
This was formerly known as Reliant Stadium and has hosted one other Super Bowl, in 2004. The stadium has a huge, retractable fabric roof. It is still TBD whether the roof will be open or not, but the way it is when the teams take the field is the way it’ll stay for the duration. The roof can be opened in as little as 7 minutes. Check here for the current roof status.
The NFL and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo share tenancy of the stadium. In 2012 Houston made the decision to upgrade their end zone displays with vast digital displays of 14,549 square feet, in order to entice the Super Bowl game to the city again.
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When: Sunday, Feb. 5 2017 at 6:30pm EST.
But you knew that already. You’re going to watch, right? It’ll be broadcast on Fox. You can stream it on FoxSportsGo if you have cable subscription or dish TV. Otherwise, you could see it on an old-style TV with an antenna for free. Another way is if you have Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, Android TV, or AppleTV: You then download the FoxSportsGo app or NFL’s app, then sign in and watch. You can also watch it on your computer, streamed for free on FoxSports
Or you could watch The Puppy Bowl, its canine version, online for free.
Why: Because it’s so very American.
“Football” elsewhere in the world means some other sport entirely. It’s a US invention: The game was made here and played here.