Eric Nelson

SPORTS NUGGETS: It’s purely hi-energy when the Super Bowl comes to Houston

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By Eric Nelson

February 5, 2017

GAMEDAY GOLD

HOUSTON – Sports Nuggets from Super Bowl LI…

 

•Hi-Energy: Houston is the energy capital of the US, powered by gas and oil – which has turned this sprawling metropolis of 2.196 million into the fourth largest city in the country. The Super Bowl also thrives on energy and is the biggest single-day sporting spectacle on the globe. So it’s no surprise that Houston and the Super Bowl are a perfect match…

Super Saturday Night Party in High Energy Houston, Texas

•Super Setting: As the countdown to Super Bowl LI continues, Houston is proving to be a super host. The spacious downtown area is clean and chock full of bars and restaurants. The city has prepped for this event for a couple years and looks better than a bride on her wedding day. Houston’s skyline is one of the most impressive in the country and the city is clearly prospering…

•Super Facts: When Atlanta and New England meet in Super Bowl LI on Sunday at NRG Stadium, it will be the third Super Bowl in Space City. Super Bowl VIII was played at Rice Stadium as Miami mangled Minnesota 24-7 and Super Bowl XXXVIII was staged at Reliant Stadium as New England squeaked by Carolina 32-29…

•Still Standing: NRG (originally named Reliant) sits next to the old Astrodome and dwarfs the facility. The Astrodome was the first ever indoor stadium and a precursor to the Superdome, Kingdome, Metrodome and RCA Dome. Despite efforts to tear it down, the Astrodome has not met the wrecking ball, and will be prominently displayed in aerial shots on FOX on Super Sunday. The Astros and Oilers used to play at the dome – which was dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world…”

•Ticket Data: According to StubHub, the cheapest Super Bowl ticket available on Saturday night was $2,325. That’s a lot of dough, but the tab would have been much higher if the Dallas Cowboys were playing. The DFW metroplex is just four hours north up I-45 and the Cowboy fan base would have flocked to Houston…

•Super Security: One thing that stands out in Super Bowl cities is the amount of law enforcement on duty. There are hundreds of police visible throughout Houston and it will be the same in Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII. On Friday, approximately 75 Minnesota law enforcement officers received a tour of key Super Bowl spots from the HPD. Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau was among those in the group…

•Multi-Sport Guy: There was a celebrity flag football game played in Katy, TX on Saturday. Team Doug Flutie won over team Kirk Cousins 40-35. One of Flutie’s top targets was Houston Astros P Dallas Keuchel, who became a catcher instead of a pitcher. Keuchel caught multiple passes, including a touchdown…

•Beard-Ball: Keuchel has a beard that is James Harden-like. Of course, Keuchel and Harden (a Rockets PG) are two of the most popular athletes in Houston. Safe to say they won’t be endorsing Gillette or Shick anytime soon…

•Prep Palace: The flag game was played at Rhodes Stadium, a 9,768 seat high school facility in Katy. Rhodes would be a top-notch stadium in any state, but in football-obsessed Texas it is no longer good enough. A new $70 million stadium is being built a few hundred yards away with a capacity of 12,000…

•Hot Spot: There were countless parties during Super Bowl week. One of the hippest events was the Maxim Party on Saturday night at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugarland, TX. One guy who showed up at the trendy bash was Minnesota Vikings RB  Adrian Peterson. AP resides in Houston in the off-season…

•Concrete Ribbons: Houston also has an impressive freeway grid, but deals with major traffic issues. The Houston sprawl has grown so much, that the metro area now has three beltways surrounding the city…

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