Super Bowl Start Time 2014: Info Guide to Kickoff and Mid-Game Festivities

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IJanuary 29, 2014

Bruno Mars performs at IHeartRadio Music Festival, day 2, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP)
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It's nearly time for the Super Bowl, not only the biggest stage in football but in the world of sports as a whole.

The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will be the main focal point in the game when they take the field, but there are several other aspects of the game that make it great. Everything from the national anthem singer to the halftime show has become just as big as the game itself.

Some fans might even lay down a little money on prop bets about those performers with everything from the color of anthem performer Renee Fleming's gloves to whether or not a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will go shirtless in what could be sub-freezing temperatures, according to The Weather Channel.

Before the game officially kicks off on Sunday, here is everything fans need to know about the entertainers at kickoff and during halftime.

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

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When: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. ET

Watch: FOX

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

Spread: Broncos (-3) according to Bovada

National Anthem Singer

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Renee Fleming is not quite as mainstream as artists like Alicia Keys from the 2013 Super Bowl or Kelly Clarkson from the year prior, but she has a reputation as a 54-year-old lyric soprano.

Take her appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman for example, as she beautifully sang the Top 10 list.

Fleming is a four-time Grammy winner and will be the first opera singer to perform the national anthem in Super Bowl history, according to Ronni Reich of The Star-Ledger. "The People's Diva" will be joined by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra during her performance as well, according to Reich.

Having a classical feel to the national anthem will be a huge change from the past, but it will be a welcomed one. After Christina Aguilera botched a lyric back in 2011, don't expect Fleming to make any mistakes as a classically trained artist.

Halftime Performers

While the national anthem won't be sung by a well-known performer, the halftime show is certainly going to be a fun one to watch. There's no Beyonce like last year or a Destiny's Child reunion in the works, but the diversity of having Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the stage will be entertaining.

The Chili Peppers appear to be excited about the chance to perform on the huge stage, as indicated by band member Chad Smith's tweet of his updated drum set:

The two performers are from completely different generations, but both share the same enthusiasm, as Mars tweeted a picture of the field at MetLife Stadium when he arrived:

With a long list of song possibilities from the Red Hot Chili Peppers including "By the Way" and "Californication" along with several others, the rock band will also cover Led Zeppelin, according to NME.com.

As for Mars, there will be quite a few No. 1 songs, including "Just the Way You Are," "Grenade" and "Locked Out of Heaven," to go along with his recent hits "Treasure" and "Gorilla."

After a long string of, shall we say, experienced performers before Beyonce last year, the Super Bowl is continuing to target a younger audience during the halftime show.

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