Wednesday, February 2, 2011 , Updated 11:29 a.m., February 6, 2011
UPDATED: Everything you need to know about Super Bowl XLV
It's a Super Bowl Guide for Dummies ... except we're not calling you a dummy.
We now understand the time, commitment, and effort that goes into this big pigskin game every year. And the information overload is staggering! Everywhere you turn, it's a new story, billboard, or news broadcast about the Super Bowl's latest [fill-in-the-blank-here].
Perhaps our take on a Super Bowl Guide For Dummies will give you a little relief and a little more clarity. (If this weekend is just another reason to warm a spot on your couch, we've got ideas for what you can do besides the Super Bowl to avoid all that touristy mess.) But for everyone else, we hit the highlights for: events, lodging, transportation, the game itself, and food.
Events leading up to the Super Bowl:
Tons of tourists will come into town with no plans to attend the Super Bowl whatsoever. They're here for the parties, man. And parties they are. Some of the biggest events include:
The Prince concert on Friday. We hear Prince is making a pretty penny to perform at the Hotel Intercontinental, and he's well worth it. The event benefits the Goss-Michael Foundation. UPDATE: Prince didn't show and the performance was canceled after more than 100 people showed up.
Also on Friday, Fort Worth boxer Bryan Vera will fight Sergio Mora. Here's a preview of the fight.
The NFL Experience, a "theme park" at the Dallas Convention Center, includes nearly everything under one roof that might relate to the Super Bowl. It's a good event for families.
The XLV Parties on Friday and Saturday have been a big hullabaloo after the tent on the Cotton Bowl field fell down. They've officially moved it inside.
And finally, the Bud Light Hotel is open for bidness. Only during the Super Bowl can a company make up a hotel name, book a bunch of events -- and have it all work magically. UPDATE: Here's the dish on the Nelly, Ke$ha, Pitbull concert on Saturday.
You could rent this $300,000 mansion owned by the late Guy Mascolo of Toni & Guy. If that's not in your budget, check out a list of the home and apartment rentals around town. Or, try a hotel. (Worst case, see if you can go couch surfing.) And whatever you do, do not get involved with sex trafficking during the Super Bowl.
Getting to the game:
We've compiled everything you need to know about transportation -- maps and all -- in one story. If you're taking a car, that is. For the greener human beings among us, here's how you take DART and the TRE to the Super Bowl.
While at the game:
Because you gotta eat (and drink):
- List of the best barbecue places in North Texas
- Best beer events
- Food inside the stadium (read: expensive)
- Food outside the stadium (read: less expensive)
- And the story about restaurants trying to cash in. And who can blame them?
Shannon Sutlief, Alex Bentley, Teresa Gubbins, and John Meyer contributed to this story.