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Houston Gets Ready for Super Bowl LI

The Houston Super Bowl Host Committee is announcing neighborhood events in the days leading up to Super Bowl LI here in Houston. Organizers are also making transportation plans and finalizing security preparations.

Mayor Sylvester Turner, with Sallie Sargent, president and CEO of the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee
Mayor Sylvester Turner, with Sallie Sargent, president and CEO of the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee.

“Are you ready for some football? All right, all right!”

Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston Super Bowl host committee discuss the city’s preparations for Super Bowl 51, which takes place at NRG Stadium on February 5th.

“I want all of you to know that our city departments, from police, fire, emergency management and special events, have been working tirelessly for some time to make sure that our city is prepared for the big game,” said Turner. 

That includes the rail system. The Red Line was new with the 2004 Super Bowl, handling some 65,000 passengers. METRO’s chair Carrin Patman said now there are three lines visitors can use.

“Please know that we are getting our game plan together to make transit the best option for getting to the Super Bowl and all the wonderful events surrounding this mission,” Patman said.

Houston Police delegations have been visiting other Super Bowl cities to see how security measures are implemented, according to HPD’s Matt Slinkard.

“To see how their command and control operations work and how they respond to the various challenges that you face during Super Bowl week. Anything related to security, as well as traffic, transportation, mobility, how you move people in and out of events and around your city in such a busy time,” said Slinkard, Assistant Chief of Homeland Security at the Houston Police Department.

In the days leading up to the big game, several events will be part of the Touchdown Tour, bringing interactive games, food and music into neighborhoods.

“Not many citizens will be able to attend the Super Bowl, so we’re bringing the excitement of the game into 11 Houston neighborhoods. This unique experience happens over two days in each of the 11 targeted neighborhoods,” Mayor Turner said.

The tour launches this weekend at Mason Park, and will be at other locations each weekend until the big game.

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