Witness the biggest game of the year, an over-the-top Halftime Show with Lady Gaga, and all the NFL festivities of Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium on Sunday, February 5, 2017.
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Thirteen years after the Super Bowl graced the newly christened Reliant Stadium, the mega-event returns to a city transformed. The MetroRail, which began coasting up Main Street a month before Houston’s last Super Bowl in 2004, now crisscrosses through southeastern neighborhoods.
Discovery Green has flourished and now tacks on another massive celebration, Super Bowl Live, to a long list of concerts and festivals over the years. Even the 70,000-seat Reliant Stadium has updated itself with a new name, NRG, and promises to be packed for this final matchup between two of the NFL’s most exciting teams.
But for all the things that have changed, others remain the same.
The New England Patriots
After winning the Super Bowl at Reliant in 2004 (and a couple more since), the New England Patriots return to Houston to do pretty much the same thing as before.
The long-time duo of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady arrives for their collective 7th Super Bowl appearance and, just as in 2004, do so with the league’s top-ranked defense and Top 10 accolades in all offensive categories.
Brady, after serving his four-game suspension to wrap up the Deflategate saga, led his team to an 11-1 record during the regular season and now looks to recapture the famed Lombardi trophy that they last won two years ago against the Seahawks.
The Atlanta Falcons
However, the Patriots’ defense will be tested against what has become the 7th best scoring offense in league history. That title belongs to the Atlanta Falcons, led by probable MVP quarterback, Matt Ryan.
After dominating playoff victories over the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers (outscoring their opponents by a combined 80-41), the Dirty Birds aim to put the past behind them in search of their first Super Bowl title.
The Falcons haven’t been to The Big Game since their 1998 loss to Denver and have never come up victorious against Brady’s Patriots (the two teams last played each other four years ago).
But for Atlanta, that’s only history.
On top of various league rankings, these two teams will compete in what’s expected to be one of the highest scoring Super Bowls ever, with a slight edge to the New England Patriots.
Can the Falcons ride their playoff momentum and pull off a classic underdog victory?
Or will the Patriots, a well-oiled and disciplined machine, come back to Houston and leave with the trophy yet again?
Game Day Festivities
Are you lucky enough to have a seat at the game?
Be sure to arrive early for the Game Day Fan Plaza festivities, taking place from 1pm to 5pm near Entry 4 on the South Side of NRG Stadium.
Marching bands, cheerleaders, and interactive games provide the pregame entertainment with an opportunity to take a photo beside the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Navigating Super Bowl LI
With roads around the stadium closed for the event, getting there in time for kickoff takes a little planning but there are several options available for transportation.
MetroRail service will be running every four minutes during peak game times, helping to alleviate what’s sure to be a packed platform after the game.
Taxis and Uber rides also have designated drop-off locations outside NRG Stadium.
If you’re driving yourself in, parking permits are available and range from $100 to $300, depending on the vehicle type admitted to the lots.
Click here for detailed transportation information for Super Bowl LI and the events leading up to kickoff.
Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium
- Date: Sunday, February 5, 2017
- Times: Gameday festivities near Entry 4 of NRG Stadium 1pm to 5pm; Kickoff 5:30pm CST; television broadcast on FOX 5:30pm to 11pm.
- Location: NRG Stadium, NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054
- Parking: Parking permits range between $100 to $300, depending on vehicle type. MetroRail service will be running every four minutes during peak game times, helping to alleviate what’s sure to be a packed platform after the game. Taxis and Uber rides also have designated drop-off locations outside NRG Stadium. Click here for detailed transportation information for Super Bowl LI and the events leading up to kickoff.
- Admission: Tickets start at $3600; premium tickets start at $6000, not including ticket fees. You may find hard-to-get or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace.