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By the time Super Bowl Sunday rolls around, Phoenix will have thrown one epic pre-game party. Of course, then the question is where to actually watch the Big Game (other than University of Phoenix stadium?)
The answer: Crescent Ballroom!
The local-favorite bar/restaurant/concert venue and Downtown Phoenix Journal invite you to the “Hamm’s Me the Ball” Super Bowl Party, where you can watch the game on the big screen in the ballroom.
Whether you’re a football fan, you only care about half-time and the commercials, or you’re only in it for the nachos, you’ll get to put one in the “win column” either way.”
Join us beginning at 3pm for this free event.
If you go
Event: Hamm’s Me the Ball Super Bowl Party
Where: Crescent Ballroom, 308 N 2nd Ave.
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Platinum Recording Artist Jordin Sparks to be Grand Marshall of Opening Ceremony of Verizon Super Bowl Central in Downtown Phoenix
Verizon Super Bowl Central opens in less than 24 hours and fans from all over the world are in for a super-sized treat as Grammy Award nominee, actress and Arizona native Jordin Sparks serves as Grand Marshall of the Opening Ceremony. The World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales will parade the singing sensation down Washington St. as the beer wagon enters the ‘The Block’ on Verizon Super Bowl Central to deliver the hometown superstar to the Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage.
The electrifying singing sensation will be the first to illuminate key attractions such as the Verizon Power House, the Verizon #WhosGonnaWin Light Show, The Grand Canyon Experience presented by NB|AZ and iconic XLIX Roman numerals. The public is invited to the free opening ceremony, which will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 28.
Verizon Super Bowl Central is a free, football-themed, family-friendly, fan campus. It will be the epicenter of Super Bowl XLIX festivities with one million visitors expected to revel in Downtown Phoenix at no charge. Verizon Super Bowl Central opens on Wednesday, January 28 at 2 p.m.
The hours of operation are from 2 – 10 p.m. from January 28 – 30; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on January 31; and from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 1. Fan will enjoy a myriad of free activities throughout Verizon Super Bowl Central.
Attractions on Verizon Super Bowl Central:
- XLIX Roman numerals
The iconic Super Bowl XLIX Roman numerals are located on 1st St. between the blocks of Washington and Jefferson. The numerals include a video projection show with a LED color changing graze lighting. The numerals are 39’ 6” by 116’ and weigh 160,000 lbs. with ballasting.
- Verizon Power House
Revelers are engaged with the latest technology, products and services inside the Verizon Power House. Fans will learn about NFL Mobile from Verizon from the NFL’s best players and feel the intensity of the game with cutting edge virtual reality.
- The Grand Canyon Experience Presented by NB|AZ
The super-sized, one-of-a-kind rock wall climbing experience is the largest attraction inside Verizon Super Bowl Central. It features 20 climbing positions and a breathtaking 18-ft. waterfall that flows down the center of the attraction. It measures 30 feet tall by 100 feet wide and also features an 18-ft. video screen at the summit. The Grand Canyon Experience presented by NB|AZ is located on the corner of 1st St. and Jefferson. Tickets are $5 and available to purchase at www.azsuperbowl.com in advance to secure an appointment to climb. Tickets also will be available onsite on Verizon Super Bowl Central. Proceeds will benefit the Host Committee’s legacy grant program for Arizona nonprofits.
- Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage
Starting at 2 p.m. every day (10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday), fans can enjoy local talent and group performances on the Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage. Opening acts for the free concert series begin at 7:30 p.m. each night. Verizon Super Bowl Central comes alive when national recording artists hit the stage at 8:45 p.m. For a full performance line-up, visit www.azsuperbowl.com/verizon-super-bowl-central/live-entertainment.
- Dignity Health Barrow Brain Ball Experience
Play the newest Brain Ball game, hear from concussion experts, get properly fitted for football helmets and take photos with NFL alumni players.
- Mexico Live It To Believe It
A Mexico interactive experience that you have to “Live to Believe,” which includes 360 degree photo opportunities, high-tech displays, 3D video simulations, sand sculptures and augmented reality technology, where guests can experience various trips through Mexico.
- TOSTITOS Party Boulevard
The official party destination on Verizon Super Bowl Central where guests can experience firsthand how TOSTITOS BRINGS THE PARTY.
- AZCentral.com Autograph Stage
The autograph stage offers FREE autographs from former NFL players from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. daily. For a full list of players and times, visitwww.azsuperbowl.com.
- Bud Light Beer Garden
Take a break from all the excitement, sip a cold Bud Light and relax. To enjoy, head to the Hanny’s parking lot on the southeast corner of Central Ave. and Adams.
- Fireworks Show
The nightly festivities come to a close with a big bang. A fireworks show will take place every evening on Verizon Super Bowl Central at 10 p.m. The downtown campus and nearby restaurants will remain open until midnight.
For a full list of Verizon Super Bowl Central activities, visit www.azsuperbowl.com/verizon-super-bowl-central/fan-activities.
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CityScape Phoenix Home to Super Bowl XLIX Festivities & Parties
While a variety of the hottest celebrity parties will take over many of the CityScape restaurants and bars for private events, there will be an opportunity to get in on the action with open-to-the-public activities such as an autograph signing, outdoor ice skating, dining at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails and enjoying Bud Light Hotel, Live @ the Living Room, which will have a DJ nightly.
“RED Development and CityScape Phoenix are thrilled to help bring Super Bowl Central to Downtown Phoenix through our partnerships with the NFL and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee,” says Jeff Moloznik, vice president of development for RED. “CityScape will be at the heart of all the excitement leading up to the big game and on Super Bowl Sunday.”
Opportunities at CityScape Phoenix that are open to the public include:
Autograph Signing at Patriots Park at CityScape Phoenix
Former players will be signing autographs for fans as part of Verizon Super Bowl Central.
- Free and open to the public.
- Wednesday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, Feb. 1.
- Days and times are subject to change and yet to be determined.
Puppy Bowl Café
Animal Planet is taking over The Corner and hosting Puppy Bowl XI. Come watch the Ruff vs. Fluff action to find out which team will be victorious with puppies from the Arizona Humane Society.
- Times and date to be announced soon.
CitySkate at CityScape Phoenix
Take a spin on the Valley’s largest outdoor ice rink now through Feb. 2.
- Day Session: 11am – 1:30pm (Daily). Night Session: 4pm – 11pm (Sun.– Fri.),4pm – Midnight (Sat.). Hours may vary.
- Kids and Adults – $12 each
- Military, Kids Under 4, Seniors – $6 each
- College Students (with valid student ID) and groups of 10 or more – $10 each
- Visit www.cityskatephx.com to purchase tickets and for a list of hours. Admission includes skate rental and unlimited skating all day.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails will be open to the public throughout Super Bowl week for those looking to grab a bite, a craft cocktail and possibly spot some celebrities and football players.
- From Thursday, Jan. 29 through Saturday, Jan. 31, the restaurant is offering a special three-course full dinner menu for $65++. Hours of operation will vary from the regular schedule: Lunch: 11am-3pm. Bar Menu: 3pm-5pm. Dinner: 5pm-11pm.
- Reservations are strongly recommended.
- For more information, visit http://www.bluehoundkitchen.com or call 602-258-0231.
- Address: 2 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Bud Light Hotel, Live @ the Living Room
LUSTRE Rooftop Garden will open Live @ the Living Room, a pop-up nightlife hotspot, offering beer, cocktails and light fare with a guest DJ spinning nightly. The pop-up lounge will be located in the living room area adjacent to Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails.
- Friday, Jan. 30 through Saturday, Jan. 31
- Open 4pm – 2am.
- Open to the public.
- For more information, visit http://www.bluehoundkitchen.com/ or call 602-258-0231.
- Address: 2 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix
Celebrity and VIP private parties at CityScape include:
Thursday, Jan. 29 – Sunday, Feb. 1
NFL guests will attend this private event.
Located at Stand Up Live
Thursday, Jan. 29 – Sunday, Feb. 1
Alumni and Hall of Fame players will attend this private event.
Bud Light House of Whatever
Friday, Jan. 30 – Sunday, Feb. 1
Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape transforms into “Bud Light House of Whatever” for three days of private parties, concerts and #UpForWhatever activities.
Image provided by CityScape
Super Bowl XLIX rolls into Phoenix in just under two weeks and with it comes one of the biggest parties in the world. The best part: that party is being thrown right in the heart of our awesome downtown.
According to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, the city is ready to welcome “a million of our closest friends” to enjoy our vibrant culture and beautiful weather.
Football fans from the northwest, the northeast, and everywhere in between “will visit the heart of downtown Phoenix for family-friendly fun and excitement,” says Stanton. They will experience the flourishing cultural, food, arts and entertainment scenes that we are lucky enough to be immersed in every day.
While the two best teams in the NFL will take to the gridiron on Super Bowl Sunday, it has also taken a championship-level team of people to put together this high-profile event. Through close coordination between The City of Phoenix, Downtown Phoenix Inc., the NFL, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, and many others, downtown Phoenix will be ready to shine when things officially kick off over the January 23rd Pro Bowl weekend and throughout the week leading up to the Super Bowl on February 1st.
The epicenter of activity will take place at Verizon Super Bowl Central, an entertainment campus encompassing 12 city blocks of downtown, from Monroe St. to Jefferson St., and 1st Ave. to 5th St. The free, five-day event will feature football and Arizona-themed activities, The Grand Canyon Experience rock climbing wall, concerts, autograph sessions, food and beverages, along with the “Kick the Waste” sustainability initiative, one of the most comprehensive waste reduction programs in the history of Super Bowl festivities.
Beyond the borders of Super Bowl Central, downtown Phoenix will show off its unique local culture through TRUE DTPHX from January 23-24, a special event weekend filled with shopping and restaurant specials throughout its various districts and a music festival at Civic Space Park featuring local artists. Downtown will also play host to national TV broadcasts from networks including NBC Universal, the NFL Network, CNN, MSNBC and TV shows like “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” and the “Today” show.
From football, to music, to food, to culture, downtown Phoenix will offer endless options for fun surrounding the big game. You can find a complete listing here, but these are just a few of the highlights:
What: The official hub of activities for Super Bowl fans, spanning 12 blocks in downtown Phoenix and featuring football-themed attractions, concerts from local and national artists, NFL player autograph opportunities, food and drink specials from local restaurants and vendors and nightly fireworks displays.
When: January 28 to February 1
What: Part of Super Bowl Central, this climbing wall will be a replica of Arizona’s iconic Grand Canyon and measure 30 feet tall by 100 feet wide. It will feature 20 climbing positions and an 18-foot waterfall in the middle.
When: January 28 to February 1
What: An interactive football theme park located in the Phoenix Convention Center featuring games, displays, youth football clinics and autograph sessions.
When: January 24 to February 1
What: Held at U.S. Airways Arena, fans will have the opportunity to watch as players from the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are interviewed by media from around the world. Arizona Cardinals players Drew Stanton and Patrick Peterson will also be in attendance.
When: January 27
What: A weekend-long showcase of everything that makes downtown Phoenix unique. A selection of events include:
Roosevelt Row Sidewalk Sale: Local businesses, vendors and restaurants will bring their offerings out on to the sidewalks of this walkable arts district and surrounding areas, making it easy for shoppers to find unique items like art, jewelry, clothing and food.
DTPHX City Sampler: A self-guided culinary tour with $5 samples of food and drinks from many of downtown’s delicious restaurants and bars.
True DTPHX Music Festival: A free local music fest over two nights at Civic Space Park featuring multiple genres of music, interactive art displays, food trucks and beer from local breweries.
DeSoto Building Preview: Enjoy a sneak preview of the patio of the soon-to-be-open DeSoto Central Market with food trucks, music, games and arts vendors on January 24th.
When: January 23 to 24
Photography by Stephen G. Dreiseszun/Viewpoint Photographers
Super Bowl Central images courtesy of Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee
You’re Invited to Radiate on a SPECIAL DATE
Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Phoenicians are invited to join Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and the Downtown Phoenix community on Tuesday, January 13, at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix Hotel for a “Super Pep Rally,” in anticipation of the upcoming NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl.
The hosted event will celebrate the contributions made by residents, businesses and organizations that have transformed downtown Phoenix into a vibrant urban core that is ready to welcome the estimated million visitors anticipated for Super Bowl Central.
This “pre-game huddle” will take place as part of the grand opening of downtown’s newest outdoor event space, the “Valley Overlook” at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. The appropriately named venue features a fresh view of Phoenix’s skyline, a live visual of the nation’s sixth largest city’s ongoing development and progress.
The networking event is a special edition of the monthly RadiatePHX, where business, community and city leaders gather on a monthly basis to connect about issues and happenings affecting our city’s core.
This month’s program features remarks from Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel General Manager, Mike Ehmann, and Downtown Phoenix Inc. CEO, David Krietor.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the “Valley Overlook,” plus live entertainment by Urban Electra and hosted food and drinks, will follow Mayor Stanton’s remarks.
When: Tuesday, January 13, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Program begins at 6 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel – Valley Overlook, 340 North 3rd Street, 4th Floor
Cost: FREE, with complimentary bites and bar
Parking: Complimentary valet parking and self parking
RSVP: January RadiatePHX
About RadiatePHX Presented by Downtown Phoenix, Inc., Downtown Phoenix Journal, and the Phoenix Community Alliance, RadiatePHX is a free monthly networking event that invites you to “connect to the core” to learn about downtown opportunities, issues, and solutions; receive key updates from guest speakers on what’s happening in downtown; and discover how you can connect and contribute.