Upcoming Super Bowl Information
The 2017 Super Bowl (LI), will be hosted at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on February 5, 2017. This will mark the third time it has been held in Houston in the history of the Championship, with the city previously playing host to the Super Bowl in 1974 and 2004.
The NFL announced the sites for the 2016 Super Bowl, The Super Bowl 50 and the Super Bowl LI at a meeting that was held in Boston in May 2013. Houston’s then-Reliant Stadium had been named a finalist on October 16, 2012, with the intention that the city would go head to head with the runner-up in the bid to host Super Bowl 50, which was Miami Gardens, Florida (Sun Life Stadium). However, Miami’s bid to host the Super Bowl had been dependent on the stadium undergoing a series of renovations. Unfortunately for the Miami Garden’s team, the funding plan that underpinned these renovations was refused by the Florida Legislature, shattering Miami’s hopes of hosting the 2017 Super Bowl and leaving The Houston Super Bowl Bid Committee, led by Chairman Ric Campo, triumphant.
Houston’s bid included several exciting concepts, including provisions to hold a 10-day festival entitled the “Super Bowl El Centro” in the lead up to the event, which was designed to welcome fans from Texas and Mexico to exciting pre-match events.
The 2017 Super Bowl will be headlined by Lady Gaga, whose performance singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl 50 in February confirmed that she is more than suitable for the role.
Taylor Swift will also be making an appearance at a concert that will be hosted the night before Super Sunday in collaboration with AT&T.
Many exciting events and performances for the Super Bowl 2017 have already been announced, with the hub for many activities being Discovery Green, the 12-acre park that sits in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The NRG Stadium is home to the Houston Texans who have played all their home games there since 2002. However, not too many pundits expect they will be playing a Super Bowl in their home stadium in 2017. Although they won the AFC South with a record of 9-7 last season, the performance of the division was far from impressive, and Houston failed to score in their own playoff game.
The maximum capacity of the NRG stadium for American football events is 71,500, but getting your hands on one of the coveted tickets for the Super Bowl will be far from easy. Each of the teams that are playing in the contest will get 17.5% of the tickets, while the host stadium will get 5%. The remaining NFL teams will get 1.2% of the tickets, to be distributed to their respective fans via lottery, and the NFL league will take the remaining 25.2%.
Key Facts About the NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas:
Seating Capacity: 71,500
Suites: 197 in total (78, 200 level; 12, 300 level; 88, 400 level; 19, 800 level).
On-site Parking: 25,000
Nearest Airport: George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH)
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