If you are anything like me, the spectacle of the Super Bowl often stifles the actual game itself, with companies bombarding you with commercials, halftime acts cavorting around a stage when you were hoping for some analysis and tons of food and beer to distract you at the viewing party.
Okay, one of those things I'm okay with.
But like it or not, the Super Bowl is as much about the spectacle as it is about the game, and Super Bowl Sunday has become an American holiday of sorts, representing many of the things this country is all about: Capitalism, overstuffing your face with food, football and, oh yeah, getting together with your friends and enjoying time together.
So, without further ado, here is your guide to several of the details that make the Super Bowl the national celebration that it has become. Enjoy.
When: Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
There it is, folks, in all of its splendor. You've gotta love the New Orleans feel here, the way... oh, who am I kidding? It's a freaking logo, it doesn't need to be taken too seriously.
Pregame and Halftime Festivities
We know two things for sure—Alicia Keys will be performing the national anthem before the game, and Beyonce will be highlighting the halftime show.
However, according to US Weekly, Beyonce won't be alone for the duration of her performance:
The R&B superstar, 31—who is headlining the big event on Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans—will be joined onstage by her Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly exclusively.
Insiders tell Us the "Crazy in Love" singer will open the much-anticipated show solo; midway through her performance, Williams and Rowland will appear onstage and launch into a short medley of the group's hits, culminating in a brand-new song, "Nuclear," their first original material in more than eight years.
Here are a few more of the events going down in the two weeks leading up to the big game.