The holidays are behind us, it’s the start of a new year, and for football fans across America, that means gearing up for the first major sports event of 2016, Super Bowl 50. This year’s big game will take place at America’s greenest and most technologically advanced stadium yet—Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, a fitting arena to kick off the new year. Is the San Francisco Bay Area a little too far away for you to make the trip this year? Have no fear—here’s how you can throw a touchdown-worthy Super Bowl party from the comfort of your own home.
1) Prep your Game Day Arena
If you’re like most people, your living room has likely taken a serious beating from all that holiday partying that took place during the last couple months of 2015. Fortunately, Super Bowl 50 won’t start until February 7, 2016—giving you ample time to get ready for the big game. Start with a little New Year’s cleaning and take inventory of all your entertainment room essentials:
- Big Screen TV
- Armchairs, Sofas
- Sound System
- Living Room Table
2) Tech Up your Entertainment System
400 miles of cabling, 1,200 wireless access points, 40 GB/s internet capacity, and a mobile app to tie it all together make Levi’s stadium the most technologically advanced stadium in the world—not surprising considering it resides at the heart of Silicon Valley. Those lucky enough to attend Super Bowl 50 in person will be able to use the app to navigate parking, seating arrangements and restrooms, order food and drinks with direct delivery to their seats and stream instant replays from their phones. A smart TV sports Web 2.0 features and can make it easier to synchronize your TV with your computer—allowing you to stream instant replays for your guests on demand from the comfort of your couch. Looking for a good deal on smart TVs but not sure where to start here are three offers from three competing brands
- Samsung UN60JS7000 4K Ultra HD Smart TV
- Sharp LC-65UB30U 4K Ultra HD Smart TV (pictured above)
- LG 55EG9600 4K Curved OLED Smart TV
3) Flaunt your Team Colors
There’s no better way to show off your team spirit, than by flaunting your team colors all throughout the house. From plates, cups, tablecloths and napkins to team themed streamers, props and jerseys, there are plenty of ways to dress up your game day arena for the team. While you can head to your local party store for the essentials, the best way to take your Super Bowl party to the next level is to make the decorations yourself. Check out our Pinterest board for some Super Bowl party themed fun!
4) Prepare a Touchdown-Worthy Concession Stand
So you’ve prepped your venue, teched up your TV and decked the halls with team spirit. You still can’t call it a Super Bowl party without some touchdown-worthy food and drinks. Cooking for a large crowd? Have no fear! The secret to bringing out the best food and drinks during a large scale Super Bowl party is to make it a potluck. You can prep the main dishes by preparing crowd favorites. Such as chili, pulled pork or pasta, while having your guests worry about appetizers or desserts. Regarding drinks, football and tailgating go hand-in-hand. Don’t be afraid to declare your residence a BYOB affair—people will leap at the chance to share their latest favorite craft brew and bring a cooler of their own. Line the living room table with a spread of finger foods like nachos and crackers, and you’re ready to go.