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Super Bowl Experience Set Up

Wade Vandervort

The Super Bowl Experience presented by Toyota is shown during set up at the Mandalay Bay convention center Friday, Feb. 2, 2024.

Super Bowl week can present a dilemma for fans in the host city: You can be the biggest football diehard in the world, but unless you’re willing to drop five figures on tickets, you’re not going to be able to get into Allegiant Stadium on Sunday to watch the game live.

There are other ways to get swept up in Super Bowl fever, however, as there are a ton of events throughout the week that will get you hyped for the big game without draining your life savings.

A sampling of more, ahem, modestly priced activities across the city to bask in during Super Bowl week:

CBS broadcast headquarters

Monday, Feb. 5 – Sunday, Feb. 11

CBS isn’t just broadcasting the Super Bowl this year — the network is moving its shows to Las Vegas for the week, airing its coverage from four outdoor sets in front of the Bellagio Fountains. Live broadcasts of sports programming like “The Jim Rome Show,” “CBS Sports HQ” and “Super Bowl Live” will give you all the Super Bowl talk you can handle. New programs like “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell,” “CBS Mornings” and “The Talk” will also broadcast live from the fountains, while entertainment fare like “The Drew Barrymore Show,” “Entertainment Tonight” and “Inside Edition” will tape during the week. If you’ve always dreamed of being in the background during a morning show, this is your chance. And the crown jewel of the week will be CBS’s pregame coverage, which begins at 11 a.m. with “The NFL Today.” Get there early to secure a spot up front, and bring a silly sign to maximize your camera time.

Super Bowl Opening Night

Monday, Feb. 5, 5 p.m. (doors open 3 p.m.)

The unofficial kickoff to Super Bowl week is the media day extravaganza that will take place on the field at Allegiant Stadium. It’s the only public appearance for the teams during Super Bowl week, and former NFL stars will be on hand for autographs and photo opportunities. It’s a glitzy, prime-time event that is sure to rev up the hype machine for the rest of the week, and as a bonus it gives fans a chance to see the real stars in action — the media. (Be sure to download the NFL OnePass app and bring headphones to listen to the proceedings in real time.) Tickets: $30

The Super Bowl Experience

Wednesday, Feb. 7 – Saturday, Feb. 10 (3 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday)

Think of the Super Bowl Experience as a mini-theme park celebrating all things NFL. The sprawling expanse at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center will have something for everyone who has even a passing interest in football. There is a museum element, with interactive exhibits on past Super Bowl games, and there are players available for autographs. You can get your photo taken with the hallowed Vince Lombardi Trophy and Super Bowl rings from the past 56 winning teams. Got a couple kids you want to tire out? Let ‘em run the 40-yard dash and kick field goals to their hearts’ content. And that’s only a couple of the physical activities on hand. Tickets: $25 for adults; children under 10 get in free

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Edmonton Oilers

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.

If you need a live sports fix this week, look no further than Vegas’s own defending Stanley Cup champions. And this isn’t any old regular-season game. Not only are Vegas and Edmonton jostling for position atop the Western Conference standings, the Oilers will come in riding a historic 16-game winning streak, one victory away from tying the all-time record of 17 straight. This is shaping up as one of the biggest events of the NHL season, and it’s not going to cost you five figures, like the other “Big Game” in town. Tickets: $80 (approximate)

Super Bowl Soulful Celebration

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Looking to mix in a little music and culture this week? Instead of mortgaging your house (again) so you can watch Usher perform during the “Super Bowl Halftime Show,” consider the 25th annual Soulful Celebration at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms. The event features soul and gospel performances, NFL players and celebrity presenters, and it lasts way longer than the 12-minute halftime performance. Tickets: $75

Super Bowl Charity Fashion Show

Friday, Feb. 9, 1 p.m.

Football and fashion have never been more comingled than now, with players walking the arena runway before each game and designer Kristin Juszczyk, wife of 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk, going viral as a personal outfitter of Taylor Swift, girlfriend of Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. You can get a glimpse of the latest looks on Friday, when the Off the Field NFL Wives Association hosts its 23rd annual fashion show at the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian. Tickets: General admission $250, VIP $350

Biggest Big Game Bash viewing party

Sunday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.

When it comes time for kickoff, there are a bevy of viewing options around town, from sports books to nightclubs to everything in between. But the free watch party at Downtown Events Center might have the best vibe, with outdoor seating, a 51-foot screen (plus a pair of 22-foot screens) and a variety of food and beverage vendors. Oh, and it’s free! Tables can be reserved for a price, but admission is free and it opens at 11 a.m. for those who want to settle in for a long day of Super Bowl revelry. It is 21+, so note that it’s not a kid-friendly option. Tickets: Free

Mike Grimala can be reached at 702-948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Mike on Twitter at twitter.com/mikegrimala.

Article written by #LasVegasSun

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