Super Bowl 2017, technically Super Bowl LI (51), will take place on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. on FOX. The game will take place in Houston, Texas at NRG Stadium.
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews will be the announcers for the big game. The NFC and AFC Championship games on Sunday, January 25, 2017 will determine the matchup.
The Atlanta Falcons will take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51. It has become an unofficial holiday in America not just for the game but all that surrounds the Super Bowl.
Here’s what you need to know about the big event.
1. Roman Numerals Are Back for Super Bowl LI
The NFL took a brief hiatus from Roman numerals for Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. Super Bowl 51 is technically Super Bowl LI. The change was made last season because the league did not like the look of “Super Bowl L”. Jamie Weston, NFL vice president of brand and creative, explained the decision to ESPN.
“When we developed the Super Bowl XL logo, that was the first time we looked at the letter L. Up until that point, we had only worked with X’s, V’s and I’s. And, at that moment, that’s when we started to wonder: What will happen when we get to 50,” Weston told ESPN.
The NFL simplified things and went with Super Bowl 50. The logo was gold since it was the league’s golden anniversary.
This year’s logo is back with the traditional silver that matches the Lombardi Trophy given to the winner of the big game. Here’s a look at this year’s logo:
In 1971, Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt borrowed the idea from the Olympics and thought the Roman numerals added to the magnitude of the game. It has become an annual tradition for fans to test their grade school math skills to figure out the matching Roman numerals for the game.
2. Houston Plays Host to Super Bowl 51
The big game will take place at NRG Stadium, home to the NFL’s Houston Texans. This marks the third Super Bowl Houston has hosted. The city hosted Super Bowl VIII in 1974 and Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. The festivities leading up to the game are just as anticipated as the Super Bowl. Thousands of fans will head down to Texas to participate in the events, many of whom have no plans to attend the actual game.
Local fans and visitors can take part in Super Bowl Live, a free nine-day fan fest taking place in downtown Houston. The event will feature rides, games and concerts. The signature ride is called Future Flight. The host committee describes the space-themed ride on their website:
Future Flight is the signature attraction for Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon and will take people on the ride of their lives. The experience combines virtual reality and a drop tower to take passengers on a space flight to Mars and back. Built with the help of NASA and leading aerospace companies, Future Flight lifts riders in the air as they experience lift-off through virtual reality goggles. Riders will then land on the Red Planet, seeing actual footage from the surface of Mars, courtesy of NASA, before plunging from the top of the tower back to Earth, landing on the 50-yard line of NRG Stadium in time for Super Bowl LI.”
Saturday, January 28 a free concert series begins that will take place each night leading up to the Super Bowl. Performing musicians include Lecrae, Solange, Leon Bridges, Shakey Graves, Gary Clark Jr. and ZZ Top. Click here for a full rundown of the concert schedules.
3. Lady Gaga Headlines the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show
Lady Gaga wowed fans before Super Bowl 50 with her national anthem performance. This year, she will get an extended amount of time to impress the nation as she performs during halftime of the Super Bowl. Gaga spoke with FOX (via The Washington Post) about the performance.
Maybe it’s too sentimental, but I just burst into tears. I just cried so hard. I just kept saying, ‘I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it. I’ve been planning this since I was 4 so I know exactly what I’m going to do. That night, it will be special. For me it’s all about giving to the fans and bringing people together that wouldn’t normally come together. The thing is it’s such a big world stage in terms of how many people see it and it’s been done so many times, I think the challenge is to look at it and say, what can I do differently? How can I elevate certain little things here and there and also make it about the music?”
According to Page Six, Gaga would love to perform at the top of the stadium roof. We will see if the show planners are able to make this happen. Entertainment Tonight reported at least one guest will join Lady Gaga during halftime, but it is unknown who the artist will be. There has been some speculation it will be Beyonce since she is from Houston and the two have collaborated in the past.
Here’s a preview of the halftime show tweeted out by Pepsi:
4. The Atlanta Falcons Will Play the New England Patriots
The Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers battled in the NFC Championship. The AFC Championship featured the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots. Atlanta is the only team among the final four that has not won a Super Bowl. Both games featured rematches of earlier matchups in the 2016 season.
Championship Sunday featured the best collection of quarterbacks in the Super Bowl deciding games in recent memory. Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a Super Bowl title in the 2010 season. Matt Ryan has no championships but is one of the best quarterbacks in Falcons history.
5. Super Bowl 51 Tickets Start at Over $3,000
Those wishing to attend Super Bowl LI will have to pay a high price. Tickets on StubHub start at $3,499 but do include food and drinks. Single game tickets are selling for as high as $22,000.
Tickets can also be purchased on the Ticketmaster exchange website. Tickets through Ticketmaster start at $3,733 and go as high as $16,360. This is comparable to the ticket prices for Super Bowl 50. The cheapest ticket for last year’s Super Bowl was just over $3,000.
The majority of fans will also have to factor in travel expenses as well as lodging. All this adds up to a pricey trip for fans wishing to have a once in a lifetime experience watching the biggest football game of the year.