NOTE: This list applies to the Super Bowl that took place in Arizona in 2008. The locations will be different in 2015. This information will be updated when event details and locations are announced, later in 2014.
Even if you aren't attending the actual Super Bowl, you can enjoy lots of activities other than the big game itself.
Dozens of events are staged each year during Super Bowl week as well as in the months leading up to it. Some of them are handled by the NFL, like the NFL Experience, Taste of the NFL, and Game Day Hospitality, and some will be locally hosted by the Arizona Super Bowl XLII Host Committee. There are even some events that are sponsored by other promoters and private entities. As I hear about them, I will add them here.
If you are trying to figure out the best place to stay to be near the events and parties that interest you the most, this map will help.
Super Bowl Parties and Special EventsThese are parties, activities, and special events leading up to Super Bowl XLII that will be held in Glendale Arizona on February 3, 2008. All of the events included here are open to the public.
944 Super Village944 Magazine is sponsoring 5 days and 5 mights of parties and festivals. During the day the Scottsdale Waterfront at Stetson Canal will be a family-friendly destination offering food, musical entertainment, sports and celebrity meet-and- greets and autograph sessions during the day, and live music, charity fundraisers, art displays, fashion shows, world-class DJs and fireworks at night. January 30 through February 3, 2008. This is an officially sanctioned event of the Arizona Super Bowl Committee.
Arizona Indian FestivalThe 2008 Arizona Indian Festival will celebrate the heritage and diversity of the state’s 22 federally recognized American Indian tribes. In a single location, visitors will be able to explore reconstructed traditional villages and experience the sights and sounds of Native dance and music. Festival attendees will also have the opportunity to peruse and purchase high quality, authentic American Indian arts and crafts by Arizona artisans as well as enjoy Southwestern culinary specialties. January 18 - 20, 2008. This is an officially sanctioned event of the Arizona Super Bowl Committee.
AVP Crocs Super Court - Pro Beach VolleyballA portion of Westgate City Center’s parking area will be transformed into the Valley’s largest beach party, as AVP Pro Beach Volleyball returns for an exhibition to pre-market and create buzz for the upcoming season. Featuring some of the sports most popular players, including Michelle More and Suzanne Stonebarger, aka “Team Gorgeous,” a single exhibition court will be set up on the west parking lot where fans can watch exhibition matches with AVP pros and other celebrities, or try their own hand at beach volleyball skills like serving, digging, and spiking. Free admission. Thursday, January 31 – Sunday, February 3, 2008 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Sunday from 11 a.m to 10 p.m.)
Big Ticket GalaJay Leno will be the headline entertainment at the Host Committee’s Big Ticket Gala. The black-tie event will be held at the Phoenician Resort in Phoenix on Wednesday, January 30, 2008. ESPN football anchor Chris Berman will emcee the event. The Big Ticket Gala will showcase the Hall of Fame’s traveling exhibit of football memorabilia and will include a live and silent auction; among numerous other items, the auction will feature a Harley Davidson motorcycle autographed by Jay Leno, former Raiders linebacker Howie Long, and the other Hall of Famers in attendance.
Bud BowlThe 2008 Bud Bowl Party will be held at Scottsdale's Axis/Radius on February 1 - 2, 2008. More than 2,000 tickets will be distributed for free through various local promotions.
Celebrity & Football Player Parades & Autograph SessionsA parade featuring former and current NFL players (including Arizona Cardinals’ Quarterback Matt Leinart) and local Valley celebrities (including Brad Perry of Channel 3’s acclaimed Good Morning Arizona program), high school marching bands, team mascots, and other dignitaries and VIPs will take place for three consecutive evenings, circling the streets of the Westgate City Center Entertainment Village. Two meet-and-greet opportunities will be available with the NFL players following each parade; patrons can either participate in an autograph signing with NFL VIPs, or they can choose the “SPRINT Phone-A-Friend” option, where patrons can have an NFL VIP place a call to a friend or family member, wishing them well from the home of the Big Game. Free admission. Thursday, January 31 – Saturday, February 2, 2008 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.