HOLY #%@*! YOU’RE 50 SUPER BOWL! Congratulations you’ve now reached a milestone in your life, you’re now officially too old for a midlife crisis.
That’s ½ a century
1,577,923,200 seconds…but who’s counting?
Super Bowl 50, the 50th edition of the Super Bowl in American football, and the 46th modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship game, will decide the league champion for the 2015 NFL season.
In a departure from the NFL tradition of using Roman numerals, this game will be marketed in Arabic numerals as “Super Bowl 50” instead of Super Bowl L (the Roman numeral for 50). The game is scheduled to be played on February 7, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers, who were eliminated from the postseason in Week 14 of the regular season. This will be the first Super Bowl held in the San Francisco Bay Area since Super Bowl XIX in January 1985.
This year’s “Big Game” has been dubbed as the Golden Super Bowl because it is located in the Golden State (California); held in the home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers, a team named after the miners of the California Gold Rush; and because a 50th anniversary is traditionally the “golden anniversary.” CBS will telecast the game in the United States, and at a Las Vegas Sports Book near you. Speaking of which…
If you can’t be at the Super Bowl the next best place to be is here in Fabulous Las Vegas, and if you’re looking for the ultimate place to watch the game, check out some of our favorites (listed in alphabetical order).
FAB FACT: Of the 10 most-watched programs in U.S. television history, nine of them are Super Bowls.
Aria: Place your bets in a comfortable environment at the 10,000-square-foot Aria Race & Sports Book. Conveniently located off the main floor of Aria, guests can relax on comfortable couches or in chairs with separate monitors. A total of 90 monitors are placed throughout the sports book. There are also two 9 foot by 16 foot big screen televisions.
FAB FACT: Nine out of 10 people stay at home to watch the Super Bowl, either their own or someone else’s.
Bellagio: The Bellagio race and sports book is one of the most luxurious places in the world to make bets and follow the action. Nestled in a corner of the upscale hotel-casino, the sports book is open and inviting, yet more intimate than some of the larger sports books found elsewhere in Vegas. From deep, plush leather commander’s chairs to impeccable service, an understated but readily evident elegance is the theme here. Always catering to high rolling sports fans, the Bellagio has some of the highest betting limits in town. There are 51 TVs plus 99 individual desks.
FAB FACT: Nearly one-third of American’s bet on the Super Bowl, mostly men.
Caesars Palace: Pleasantly dark and atmospheric, the Caesars race and sports book is a quintessential Las Vegas “mega-book.” Within the cavernous and exciting venue there are plenty of seats with individual TV monitors for horseplayers, and race and sports fans alike can follow the action on several monstrous TV screens and an ample number of smaller monitors. There are six 12 x 15-foot screens, 12 50-inch plasmas and a 20 by 50-foot LED board. There are 140 sports seats with a 12-inch flat screen at every table. Plus, when hunger hits, the recently opened MR CHOW is only steps away.
FAB FACT: Fans eat over 1.23 billion chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday which adds up to more than 100 million pounds of chicken.
Green Valley Ranch: Located minutes from the Strip, the huge race and sports book at Green Valley Ranch is a favorite among locals. 200-plus screens, many plasma, display sporting events of all types. With restaurants and shopping galore at Green Valley Ranch, you can arrive early and get in some extra fun before the game.
FAB FACT: A Super Bowl host city can bring in over $150 million including money spent by fans, sponsors, media, and visitors.
Hard Rock Hotel: The Hard Rock could be the perfect venue for music-loving sports fans. Bets on the games can be placed at the sports book. The “world’s first rock ‘n’ roll hotel and casino” is always full of action, and the sports book is certainly no exception. With 6 HD projectors, configurable up to 25 screens total, the sports book at Hard Rock offers a more intimate experience than most others found in Vegas.
FAB FACT: Only five percent of viewers will watch the game alone – while one out of every 12 people watching are just watching to see the commercials.
Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo: Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo features luxurious seating with plenty of pillows to sink into and watch your favorite game. A highlight of this sports-viewing mecca comes in the form of a large, 10-foot by 20-foot projection screen, complete with stadium style seating. Even better, Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo also has a tasty full menu designed by Emeril Lagasse and full bar.
FAB FACT: 51.7 million cases of beer are sold.
Mandalay Bay: With 84 TV screens and 300 seats, the sports book at Mandalay Bay is easily one of the best in town. Offering some of the highest betting limits in all sports, Mandalay Bay has grown accustomed to accepting bets of $100,000 or more for the big game. But even those less experienced will feel comfortable here, thanks to the helpful and knowledgeable staff on hand.
FAB FACT: In the last 20 years, 17 Super Bowls have been won by the team that resides from the city with the lower unemployment rate.
MGM Grand: This modernistic, sleekly designed sports book offers an expansive, state-of-the-art vantage point into the game. Even more, the VIP seats here create harbors for serious sports aficionados. Just off the sports book, Sunday revelers will find the architectural and mechanical mastery of the Centrifuge Bar. There are seats for 104 people and screens including 36 65-inch televisions and 24 42-inch plasma televisions.
FAB FACT: The average number of people at a Super Bowl party is 17.
Planet Hollywood: Despite its intimate size, Planet Hollywood’s race and sports book is cleverly designed, making every seat perfect. Seating areas are arranged stadium-style, and the 33 plasma TVs are strategically placed on the bottom level for optimum viewing. The surrounding sports bar has additional seats and TVs and is a comfortable, modern place to enjoy a drink and catch some action. However, neither the sports bar nor book has a big-screen TV.
FAB FACT: The average Super Bowl watcher will consume around 1,200 calories while snacking.
Westgate Las Vegas: The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook definitely lives up to its name. It’s one of the largest (and may I add the best) race and sports books in town, offering something for every gambler. The SuperBook encompasses 30,000 square feet and offers more than 300 seats. Measuring at 220 feet long and 20 feet high, the SuperBook has the largest indoor LED video wall in the world. The sports book area offers dozens of bets on everything from the Rugby World Cup to tennis and soccer. The SuperBook is also the place to go if you want interesting proposition bets. Gamblers are kept up-to-date on the latest scores and sports news by a 75-foot sports ticker running across the room.
The race area of the SuperBook is a bettor’s dream. There are individual LED TVs at every seat and dozens of big screens to watch races from across the country. For the high rollers, there is a VIP section with plush leather armchairs, four 15-inch LCD screens and one big-screen TV.
The Westgate Las Vegas’ SuperBook is also one of the most convenient in town with special parking right outside the door and an entrance off Joe W. Brown Drive behind the hotel.
For those searching for refreshments after a long day of betting, the Eighth Pole Bar located next to the SuperBook offers not only drinks, but five TVs and two larger flat screens so you don’t miss a minute of the action. The SuperBook Deli, which also borders the sports book, offers sandwiches, salads, snacks and breakfast food.
FAB FACT: Not many of us like to cook on Super Bowl Sunday, 48 million Americans will order takeout or delivery from a restaurant.
Wynn: Steve Wynn’s resort boasts one of the most luxuriant and exciting sports books. It merges state-of-the-art, multiple screened action with a deep wood-toned lounge setting. There are 37 plasmas and three big screens, the largest of which is 12 feet by 12 feet. Just off the main floor of this stunning resort, the Wynn sports book is a popular place for high-rolling sports fans when the game gets going.
FAB FACT: Phil Simms from the Giants became the first player to say “I’m going to Disney World!”
VIVA LA VIDA FOOTBALL
After Katy Perry turned up the heat at last year’s Super Bowl halftime show, be sure to set your “Clocks,” because Coldplay is set to be the 2016 Super Bowl Halftime headliner! The British rock band, which features Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, and Will Champion, has signed on to perform for this the 50th year. It should also come as no surprise that beautiful Bruno is also available through our Destination Fabulous DMC’s XtremeEntertainment™ talent booking service. 2013 performer Bruno Mars (if you have read my previous blogs you know he’s my personal fav….Oh baby!) will also be involved in the show in some capacity, as will other “friends of the group”.
THE ADS WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE
For this year’s Big Game, CBS has upped the ante by $500,000.00. During 2015’s Super Bowl XLIX (that’s 49…), NBC commanded the hefty sum of $4.5 million dollars for a thirty second ad. During 2016’s Super Bowl 50 (that… that’s 50), broadcaster CBS is demanding a cool five million bucks for a half minute of airtime.
Let’s break that down a more tangible way…
Five million bucks for a half minute of time means a price of $166,666.66 for each and every second. According to www.census.gov, the current median price of a residence in America is $296,900.
So for each 1.78 seconds of Super Bowl 50 commercial airtime, you could buy most of the homes currently on the market.
Madness… but you know the advertisers will still come running.
DESTINATION FABULOUS WILL DRIVE YOU TO THE RED ZONE
Getting to and from a property on the Las Vegas Strip is always a challenge. Of course, we here at Destination Fabulous, your premier Las Vegas destination management and Las Vegas special event company, will be delighted to arrange all of your Las Vegas group activities; from executive limos to VIP party busses. It’s all part of our exclusive “TransportePlus™” Las Vegas transportation services, providing you with the widest range of extensive Las Vegas group transportation options, customized to suit your budget requirements and Las Vegas event needs. Simply put, we will draw up a winning play for you and your guests to enjoy the Big Game as “Super VIP’s” vs being stereotypical “Bleacher Bums.”
Congratulations once again Super Bowl on 50 fabulous years! I can already see you now cruising down the “Strip” in a red convertible Corvette… because hot young ladies love fast cars and liver spots!
Belinda (NOT A FOOTBALL WIDOW)