Get Ready Houston: The Big Game Is Coming to Town!

by Terry Bryant

Even if you’re not much of a football fan, we’re sure that you know that Houston is hosting the 51st Big Game on Sunday, February 5.

It’s been 13 years since our city 38th Big Game in 2004 and we’ve seen many changes in this short time. Social media will now be the #1 vehicle for viewers to share their experiences. And our 10-day live festival will lure more than 1 million fans with free concerts, local culinary experiences, and fan games.

Know Before You Go

All these activities will significantly impact downtown Houston and surrounding businesses.

Here’s what to expect as football fever comes to town.

  • Check out parking availability in advance. You can even pay in advance.
  • Organizers encourage fans to park on the west side of downtown and ride the Mass Transit to their event.
  • Leave plenty of time to arrive at your destination due to event-specific detours and road closures.
  • METRO transportation will have extended event schedules and additional routes and shuttles.
  • Uber and taxis will be available 24/7 for all event areas.
  • Big Game LIVE will offer valet service to store your bicycle.
  • Big Game ticketholders are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy >Game Day Fan Plaza.

Don’t Drink and Drive

Houston is gearing up to entertain thousands of visitors as well as residents and their guests. With more than 10,000 restaurants and bars in the Houston area, there will be plenty of opportunities to party and celebrate your favorite team.

But don’t make the mistake of drinking and driving! Big Game Sunday is one of the biggest drinking days of the year. However, you can enjoy Super Bowl events safely and avoid auto accidents even while drinking alcohol:

  • Select a reliable designated driver who drinks no alcohol at all.
  • Take public transportation.
  • Call a taxi or Uber driver for door-to-door service.
  • Book a hotel room or stay at a friend’s for the night.

If you’re hosting a Big Game party, hold your guests’ keys and don’t release them to anyone who has had too much to drink. Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages too.

Don’t let Big Game 51 be a tragic event – drive safely and sober!