Super Bowl LI takes Houston


Briana Edwards, Co-Managing Editor

After the exciting announcement made in 2013, the moment Houstonians have been anxiously waiting for is almost here – Super Bowl LI. Houston has previously hosted Super Bowl VIII in 1974 and XXXVIII in 2004. Super Bowl LI is set to take place Feb. 7, 2017, at NRG stadium.

With several preparations in the works, the committee is currently accepting volunteer applications online. The process of becoming a Super Bowl LI volunteer begins this February – April with the initial draft then applicants are interviewed over the summer before making the official roster and attending volunteer training camps.

In November 2014, the committee revealed its official logo for the big event. The committee has also chosen a mascot for the 2017 Super Bowl. On Jan. 17, 2016, ‘TD’ was unveiled at the Chevron Houston Marathon. And most recently, the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee has unveiled the Super Bowl LI countdown clock outside of Amegy Bank gate at NRG Stadium. The committee plans to place more clocks at Bush Intercontinental Airport, Hobby Airport and Discovery Green.

With an expected crowd of 1.1 million in Houston over the Super Bowl weekend, the city has been undergoing over $3 million in renovations in hopes to impress all visitors. Super Bowl LI is expected to make a significant economic impact for Houston.

Despite the home field curse, fans are rooting for the Houston Texans to make the 2017 Super Bowl as they are one of four teams that have yet to compete in it. After a not so successful campaign in the 2015-2016 season, JJ Watt will be heading to spearhead the Texans to a better season.

The Super Bowl is the most watched television program in U.S. history. CBS Sports has ranked the 2008 Super Bowl as the best of all time. With a lot to live up to, the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee is not wasting any time.