Hundreds of thousands of people will descend on New Orleans this week to take in the experience of attending Super Bowl festivities. Many will travel just to take in the events of the week, and not even attend the Big Game on Sunday. I have fortunately been able to attend two Super Bowl weeks; Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans and Super Bowl XLI in Miami and it’s the dopest week-long party you will ever go to. And neither time did I attend the game. Not because I didn’t want to, but because Super Bowl tickets are priced out of control. As of January 29, 2013, the cheapest ticket to the game was $1,789. But the ticket isn’t the only expensive thing at the Super Bowl. With an event of this magnitude, everyone is looking for a payday.
We all know Alicia Keys is singing the National Anthem, and Beyonce is
lip-syncing performing at half-time (hopefully with Jay making a cameo), but there are plenty of other performers in town at ‘invite only’ events all across the city. Either you know somebody who knows somebody, or be prepared to pay a heft tax to get into these star-studded events: (Thanks to www.vipsuperbowltickets.com for all the info)
Madden Bowl 2013: EA Sports Party featuring Lil Wayne – $1,145/person (No your girl don’t get to lick his lolly pop for that price)
ESPN NEXT Party: Performances by Cee Lo Green, Goodie Mob and Kelly Rowland – $1,195/person
Rolling Stone Super Bowl Party: Performances by Flo Rida, Pitbull and Nick Cannon – $450/person (I’m pretty sure this one isn’t sold out)
Super Bowl Playboy Party: Featuring…who cares they will have Playmates there – $1,875/person
Drew Brees Hurricane Sandy Relief Party: Performances by Nelly and Swizz Beatz – $2,125/person
Super Bowl Maxim Party: Featuring Maxim Girls, Other Hot Girls, Hot Celebrity Girls (you catch my drift) – $1,750/person
If the traditional party scene is not your thing don’t despair, Mardi Gras is in full swing currently in New Orleans. With Fat Tuesday looming around the corner, Bourbon Street is packed with inebriated tourists having a good time at the local bars along the French Quarters. New Orleans is estimated to rake in approximately $434 million from hosting the event. City officials are hoping that hosting the Super Bowl will once again help New Orleans become the vibrant tourist stop it once was pre Hurricane Katrina, though researchers and analysts have mixed reviews on the benefits of hosting. Makin it rain shouldn’t be a problem either, as typically up to 10,000 additional strippers infiltrate Super Bowl host cities to keep up with demand. You definitely won’t have trouble finding a party.
How long will the National Anthem be? What color will the Gatorade be that gets dumped on the winning coach? Will Beyonce’s hair be straight or curly? Will Jay-Z make a cameo at half time? (Again, I’m hoping yes) Over $10 Billion is predicted to be risked on these and other Super Bowl bets throughout the world. Sports gambling is one of the biggest industries in the world and legal gambling accounts for only 1.5% of it. That means the average Joe outside of Vegas, is using a local bookie or an online betting site like www.bovada.lv. Either way make sure you don’t blow your load on this one game and have someone by the name of ‘Jimmy Two Shoes’ looking for you.
Imagine spending $4 Million in 30 seconds. That’s what advertisers are willing to drop to get their message across to the more then 111 million people who will tune in this Sunday for Super Bowl XLVII (that’s 47, for those googling). To put that in perspective, only 38 million viewers tuned in last week for President Obama’s second inauguration. (Yes, that’s a problem, but I’ll save that for another time). Budweiser, GoDaddy, VW and the E-Trade Baby will all make their annual appearances during this year’s breaks between the game. But also look for newcomers to Super Bowl advertising, such as, RIM, who is set to introduce the world to their new Blackberry 10 software. (Here’s one for your viewing pleasure that was too hot for tv)
Oh yea, by the way, there’s a football game as well. For what it’s worth, here’s my prediction:
49’ers 27 Ravens 24
Just don’t blame me if ‘Jimmy Two Shoes’ shows up at your door.