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Houston Looks Ahead To Super Bowl 2017

Super Bowl 2017 will be played at Houston’s NRG Stadium as February 5, 2017.

NRG stadium

Upgrades to NRG Stadium have been underway, mandated by the NFL in order for Houston to host the Super Bowl next year. 

A delegation of Houston officials are attending Sunday’s big game in Santa Clara, California, and visiting with the NFL.

“Levi Stadium is nothing like NRG Stadium, but there are some components that all stadiums have as far as space that’s flexible,” said Kevin Hoffman, executive director of the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation. “We’ve gone through this back in 2004, put a lot of carpet and dress it up a little bit in order to accommodate the media, also making sure that whatever performers that are going be out here are comfortable, and things of that nature.” 

He says a distributive antenna system is already improving cellphone reception, and a WiFi system is being installed in time for the upcoming NFL season.

 “Nowadays a Super Bowl, as well as a Final Four, isn’t just limited to the game. So you’re going be seeing a lot of activity, a lot of events going on downtown. For the Super Bowl, it’s a ten-day event, really. It’s not just a game. You really start ten days, you start really celebrating the big game ten days leading into it. Every event we have out here, we’re working towards excellence, so every event we have leading up to the Super Bowl gets us more and more ready to accommodate the big game.” 

The Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos this Sunday at Super Bowl 2016.

Hoffman discussed Super Bowl 2017’s preparations on Houston Matters.

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