Houston Wins with Super Bowl 51

Reginald Dominique | 2/10/2017, 8:15 p.m.
After three years of planning, the big game and the nine days of festivals leading up to it finally arrived. ...

After three years of planning, the big game and the nine days of festivals leading up to it finally arrived. Super Bowl LI (51) was the second time the game has been played at NRG Stadium and the third time the City of Houston has hosted.

Our coverage started at Discovery Green, which was deemed "Super Bowl Live" with the “NFL Experience” next door at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The GRB Convention Center was also home base for media and the 1 million fans expected in Houston for the big game. Streets were already blocked for wandering fans, many of them rocking their Patriots gear. Once we got our media passes, we could walk nearly anywhere on the complex and that’s when business started!

Day One: After credentials were issued, we headed over to the NRG Stadium for a media walk through. We were able to offer our readers and followers an exclusive look at the stadium before the big game day. Afterwards, we kicked things off at the #TeamHouston Super Bowl Party hosted by Greater Houston Partnership at the brand new Partnership Tower over looking all of the action downtown. This party was specifically for gathering up local Houstonians and kicking off the next few days leading up to the game. Not to mention, it was a great way for the Greater Houston Partnership to show off their shinny new tower downtown.

Next up, we headed to The Museum of Natural Science for the Houston Super Bowl Committee Media party and boy were we in for a treat! The red carpet was laid out and for the night, it was all about the media goers. Usually, media is swamped with working during events like the Super Bowl, but this party was a great way to network and mingle before the real work started.

Day Two: We kicked things up a notch by starting off at The Ditka & Jaws Cigars with the Stars Party will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2017! This VIP Cigar Party featured premium cigars from the industry's top brands, single-malt scotch, and many football celebrities that kept the guests entertained throughout the evening.

Afterwards, we headed over to Culture Map’s The Big Texas Party hosted by Mike Barber, Gregg Bingham, Cris Dishman, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, and Randy White for a good ole celebration of Houston. This event featured food, drinks, and hospitality that Houston — and all of Texas — is known for. We had the chance to enjoy Houston’s best barbecue and Texas beer, spirits, and wine. Plus, entertainment and special appearances by some of our favorite football players with Texas roots.

The final stop of day two was the inaugural EA SPORTS Bowl. Taking place at Club Nomadic, the event featured pro athlete tournaments in both EA SPORTS Madden NFL 17 and FIFA 17, showcasing the talents of some of the world’s best athletes. After the tournament fans were treated to musical performances by country music superstar Sam Hunt, Grammy-nominated duo The Chainsmokers, Snoop Dogg and a few other surprises.