The biggest NFL game of 2023 is less than two weeks away. While the game itself tends to be the biggest draw for many people, the surrounding events are the big ticket for others. You need a game ticket to watch the halftime show in person but there are plenty of other events fans can participate in without doling out for entry.
Super Bowl betting might be an activity that fans are looking forward to taking part in when they get to Arizona. On the other hand, families looking for activities to occupy children away from Arizona casinos need more options. The NFL and greater Phoenix metro have accounted for that.
The area around State Farm Stadium and Glendale, Arizona have plenty of options for people of all ages for Super Bowl weekend. You might not be able to hit them all but the variety means you shouldn’t be twiddling your thumbs in anticipation of kickoff on Feb. 12.
Super Bowl LVII events and experiences
For the full Super Bowl experience, the NFL hosts its Gameday Experience right outside the host venue each year. Super Bowl LVII is no exception. This exhibit for NFL fans features a bevy of attractions, like a popup NFL Shop, food and beverage services, and a gallery where you can get up close and personal with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The Gameday Experience for Super Bowl LVII is outside State Farm Stadium and opens at 12:30 p.m. local time (Mountain Standard) on Sunday, Feb. 12. Interested parties should note that to gain attendance, you must have a ticket for the game. Also, to participate in any of the interactive events, fans must have an NFL OnePass.
Another NFL-sponsored event is the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest. This concert series features artists like Dave Matthews Band, DJ Pee Wee, Imagine Dragons, Kane Brown, and Paramore. The series runs from Feb. 9-11 and tickets are available for purchase online. All events will take place at the Footprint Center in Phoenix.
On Feb. 6, the NFL is running its annual Opening Night at the Footprint Center. Tickets are required and it’s a must for anyone who wants to hear what coaches and players have to say about the upcoming game. The event will also feature live music and photo opportunities.
NFL-sponsored family-friendly events
Those looking for a more family-oriented event can check out the Super Bowl Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center. This event is similar to the Gameday Experience but doesn’t require a game ticket. General admission tickets are available online and start at $20 with free admission for children 12 and younger. The Experience is available on Feb. 4, 5, 9, and 11.
Hance Park will also host a Super Bowl Experience event with free admission on a more limited schedule. The live entertainment at this venue will run on Feb. 9 and 10 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The list of activities is by no means limited to just what the league has a hand in. Plenty of businesses in the Glendale area want to help you part with your money as well.
Glendale area events for residents and visitors
The festivities in the greater Glendale area get started more than a week before the Chiefs and Eagles decide a champion for the 2022-23 NFL season. These events feature something for a wide array of tastes. For example, on Feb. 8, the Mesa Center for the Arts is hosting a Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.
Other area events running through Super Bowl week include:
- Historic Old Town ESPN Main Street Tailgate – free admission; Old Town Scottsdale, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 8-11
- FanDuel Party – free tickets available for guests 21 and up; Tempe Beach Park, 8 p.m. Feb. 10
- Taste of the NFL – tickets available online for guests 21 and up; Chateau Luxe, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 11
Hance Park will also host a watch party for the game on Feb. 12. Visit Phoenix has a more comprehensive list of other events in the area as well. Fans who are 21 and up can also check out events at several Arizona casinos on and prior to Super Bowl LVII game day.
With the variety of activities and cost points, the week leading up to Super Bowl LVII can truly be superb.