Your Guide To Attending Super Bowl LII

Posted: Jan 26 2018, 8:37am CST | by , in Latest Sports News


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Your Guide to Attending Super Bowl LII
Image: US Bank Stadium

If you were lucky enough to snag a ticket for the big game, here's how to make sure you have the best time attending the event.

Just when it looked like the Patriots would be upset, more late-game magic from Tom Brady and Bill Belichick has seen the Pats through to their third Super Bowl appearance in four years and their 10th appearance in the renowned sporting event overall.

The final obstacle between Belichick’s dynasty and a sixth national championship is the Philadelphia Eagles. While neither team is a stranger to cold-weather conditions, they’ll be donning all the insulation they can for a Feb. 4 showdown in the $1.13 billion U.S. Bank Stadium of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Got your hand warmers ready? Here’s what you need to know to attend.

Travel Arrangements

While you can turn over a rock and find a Patriots fan in just about any city on the planet, it’s safe to assume Eagles fans have some connection to the city their team is from. As you probably guessed, making accommodations to watch the big game live requires you to jump through a few hoops, and it’s a long pull to the Twin Cities from Philadelphia.

Football fans are booking flights by the thousands each day. You can expect prices for round-trip airfare to run in the $1,200 range for the trip from Philadelphia International to Minneapolis. Pats fans have a similarly long journey to look forward out of Massachusetts, with fares from Boston’s Logan Airport also running in the $1,200 range.

Of course, if you’ve bought tickets to the game, you’ve already dropped several thousand dollars to be a part of this event, so maybe you’re mentally prepared for the sticker shock. Before you head to the arena, make sure you consider where to stash your car before you leave.

Embrace the Ice

The NFL knows it’s going to be chilly in Minneapolis, so instead of fighting it, they’re taking a wintry theme for Super Bowl LII. There will be skating rinks where you can don your favorite player’s colors on the ice, giant sculptures and snow globes, as well as an exhibition that is set to occupy six blocks of downtown Minneapolis. Don’t worry, it will be a comfortable temperature inside the stadium itself.

Fans of live shows will have the chance to check out performances by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, among others, at the Verizon Up Stage, and there will be Native American drum and dance exhibitions, in keeping with the Twin Cities’ heritage and culturally progressive flavor.

The Super Bowl Experience

When you’re ready to get indoors, you can check out the interactive theme park inside the Minneapolis Convention Center from Jan. 27 through Feb. 3. The experience combines interactive technologies like a virtual-reality auction with the chance to meet and collect autographs from your favorite players. You can even snap a photo next to the genuine Lombardi Trophy.

What to See in Minneapolis

The city that was home to legendary performer Prince — who once rocked a Super Bowl halftime show by playing “Purple Rain” in the midst of a deluge — has a unique northern flavor that is great fun to explore. Just be careful not to get lost in the elevated enclosed walkways that are there to keep you from freezing to the bone.

Check out the Mall of America, the country’s largest shopping center, and enjoy the state’s no-tax policy on apparel and shoes. Minnesotan cuisine is heavily influenced by access to the state’s 11,842 lakes, more than 5,000 of which are suitable for fishing. Try the fish and chips.

If you’re into the nightlife, you’ll be happy to know Minnesota hasn’t lost any sizzle despite the cold. Everyone from Playboy to Maxim to Rolling Stone will be holding a Super Bowl event, so if you roll with that sort of crowd, make sure to reserve a spot on the guest list.

If you're feeling wild, you can always purify yourself in the cool waters of Lake Minnetonka. You might want to wait until after the game for that, though. Wouldn’t want to get frostbite.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
Scott Huntington is a writer and journalist from Harrisburg PA who covered movies, tech, cars, and more. Check out his blog Off The Throttle or follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington.




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