The Super Bowl halftime show has become its own spectacle. This year, pop sensation Bruno Mars will take center stage for one of the biggest performances of his career, as the Super Bowl regularly generates more than 100 million viewers.
Even though the 28-year-old Hawaii native is well known in the world of music, performing at halftime during the biggest American sporting event of the year is a major opportunity. He has a chance to open himself up to an entire new audience.
He won't be the only performer taking the stage at halftime, though. Let's check out all of the important information for the event, including who else will join Mars during the showcase, as well as some prop bets currently on the board.
Where: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
When: Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Which act are you more looking forward to?
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Halftime Show Info (via NFL.com)
Performers: Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers
Producer: Ricky Kirshner
Director: Hamish Hamilton
Prop Bets (via Bovada)
The early outlook for the game would have likely landed this prop firmly in the no category. The forecast has steadily improved leading up to game day, however, with the Weather Channel now projecting a small chance of precipitation and lows only in the upper 20s.
One other thing to consider is that the band's performance is going to end up helping a good cause. As it noted on Twitter, drummer Chad Smith is going to auction off his NFL-themed kit after the show for Make-A-Wish:
So they would like to get as many eyes as possible on the show, and if that means going shirtless in order to generate a little extra attention, they'll probably do it.
There are two key factors in play for this prop.
Will the show break the record?
The most important one is the popularity the game itself. While there will be a segment of the concert viewership that flips over just for the performances, a vast majority of the final number is people tuning in for the game. Based on the hype, the ratings should be sky high.
Also under consideration is the fact the addition of the Red Hot Chili Peppers to attract the older demographic Mars might have struggled to bring in. The result will probably be a show that either breaks the record or comes very close.
|"Locked Out Of Heaven"||1/2|
|"Just The Way You Are"||5/1|
|"The Lazy Song"||15/1|
"Locked Out Of Heaven" has emerged as a heavy favorite because it's getting the most air time leading up to the Super Bowl. It seems a set of commercials doesn't go by without at least one for Pepsi that features the song.
The other songs are what helped Mars burst onto the scene and make a major name for himself. So if they opt against going with the obvious choice right out of the gate, it's a total guess as to where he'll start his set, but Grenade seems to provide good value at 7-1.
It's no surprise this prop made the list since hats are a key part of Mars' look. There are obviously limited options with a fedora being listed as the favorite alongside a couple winter-style hats. But as mentioned, the weather shouldn't be as harsh as could have been the case.
Ultimately, Mars told Mesfin Fekadu of the Associated Press back in December the he wouldn't know what he's going to wear until he gets to the venue:
I'm going to wear a beekeeper suit, I don't know. I'm not going to know until I get there ... I'm not trying to hype myself up too much.
I know it's going to be cold and I just got to face it.
Assuming the weather remains cooperative and the winds don't kick up, the smart money will be on some type of fedora. But if the forecast changes, then so will his likely garb.