The eyes of the sports world turn to greater Phoenix next weekend. But before the big game kicks off on Feb. 1, we’ve got lots going on all across town. We’re here to show you where to go, when to go, how to get where you’re going, and all the other details about greater Phoenix Super Bowl events.
Before you go anywhere or do anything, it’s best to figure out how you’re going to get to your destinations. Events are happening all across the metro area, and parking restrictions, road closures and big crowds will affect certain areas.
So first things first: We recommend visiting the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee’s Know Before You Go webpage. This is where you’ll find travel tips and maps, plus detailed information about public transportation, driving routes, parking and more.
Verizon Super Bowl Central
Verizon Super Bowl Central (Jan. 28-Feb. 1), which covers 12 blocks of downtown Phoenix, will be the epicenter of family-friendly entertainment in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. Highlights include the Grand Canyon Experience rock-climbing wall ($5 fee) and free concerts on the Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage from headliners Walk The Moon (Friday night) and The Roots (Saturday).
There will be beer and wine gardens throughout Super Bowl Central, 30-foot-tall XLIX Roman numerals (perfect for Instagram-worthy selfies), nightly fireworks displays at 10 p.m. (except for Sunday), NBC and NFL Network broadcast areas, and player autograph sessions. Snap a pic of the giant football at Central and Washington, tag it with #SB49 on Twitter or Instagram, and you could win an AZ Super Bowl prize package.
When: Jan. 28-30, 2-10 p.m.; Jan. 31, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Concessions open until midnight); Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Downtown Phoenix. North border: Monroe Street; East border: 5th Street; South border: Jefferson Street; West border: 1st Avenue
The Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage and the Grand Canyon Experience are located on the block between First and Second streets between Jefferson and Washington streets.
How much: Free. The Grand Canyon Experience is $5 per person.
NFL Experience Engineered by GMC
Just around the corner from the Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage and the Grand Canyon Experience is the NFL Experience Engineered by GMC (Jan. 24-Feb. 1), located at the Phoenix Convention Center’s north building. Pro football’s interactive theme park will offer participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, youth football clinics and free autograph sessions.
When: Jan. 24, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Jan. 25, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Jan. 26-30, 3-10 p.m.; Jan. 31, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Convention Center north building, 100 N 3rd Street, Phoenix, 85004
How much: Adults $35, children 12 and under $20
Super Bowl Media Day
During Super Bowl Media Day, fans will sit in the stands in the arena and watch thousands of media from around the world interview members of the Seahawks and Patriots.
Fans will receive a Media Day gift bag that will include a radio to tune into the day’s coverage on NFL Network and listen to some of the individual player interviews from the podium microphones’ audio. In addition, there will be player and cheerleader appearances. Fans also will have access to concession and merchandise stands throughout the day.
When: Jan. 27. Starts at 10:30 a.m.
Where: US Airways Center, 201 E Jefferson St, Phoenix 85004.
How much: $28.50
Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
This exhibition features more than 200 of the rarest artifacts from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including legendary gear, photos and documents chronicling the cultural phenomenon that is football today.
When: Jan. 24-May 3
Where: Arizona Science Center, 600 E Washington St, Phoenix 85004.
How much: Included with museum admission
Super Music Series at Westgate Entertainment District
Westgate’s WaterDance Plaza will transform into an outdoor concert venue with local and national bands hitting the stage, Wednesday through Saturday. Festivities will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each day will feature a different music genre, from classic rock and electronic dance music to country and 80’s hits. No tickets are required to take part in the fun.
When: Jan. 28-Feb. 1
Where: Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N Sunset Blvd, Glendale 85305
How much: Free
Fan Fest Scottsdale
Fan Fest Scottsdale is the place where football meets food, fashion and fun. This outdoor event takes place just north of Scottsdale Fashion Square and is the home of the ESPN live broadcast the entire week before Super Bowl XLIX. Culinary experiences, fashion shows, games and more are part of the festivities.
When: Jan. 26-Feb. 1
Where: Just north of Scottsdale Fashion Square. 7014 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale 85251
How much: Free
DIRECTV Super Fan Festival
The DIRECTV Super Fan Festival features performances by the Zac Brown Band (Wednesday), Calvin Harris (Thursday), and Imagine Dragons and Snoop Dogg (Friday), plus more acts each night.
General admission includes access to the performances, zip line, bull riding, rock wall, par-9 golf course, Showtime screening area and beer garden.
When: Jan. 28-30
Where: 91st Ave and Bethany Home Road (Just minutes from University of Phoenix Stadium)
How much: Daily general admission $99; 3-day general admission pass $249
Suits and Sneakers
This is an annual celebration of custom-made suits, lifestyle clothing, and the latest in sneaker culture and features a fashion show by Elevee. Hosted by New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.
When: Jan. 28
Where: W Scottsdale, 7277 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale 85251
How much: $30
FanFest at Rawhide
This festival will feature a carnival with more than 30 rides, a beer and wine festival on Saturday, live music and food trucks, Challenge the Pros on Thursday, as well as appearances from NFL current and former players.
When: Jan. 29-31
Where: Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W North Loop Rd, Chandler 85226
How much: Daily general admission $20. Carnival pass is extra. Family four-pack discounts and all-inclusive passes available.
The Big Game Experience hosted by Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx hosts this VIP party on the second-floor rooftop deck of the W Scottsdale hotel. Celebrity performers are expected to drop by.
When: Jan. 29
Where: W Scottsdale, 7277 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale 85251
How much: $100
Celebrity Flag Football Challenge
This year’s captains are two exciting NFL alumni, going head to head, in a QB Duel: Team Doug Flutie vs. Team Daunte Culpepper. Come out and watch the celebrities and pro athletes as they compete for 2015 bragging rights.
When: Jan. 31
Where: Surprise Stadium, 15930 N Bullard Ave, Surprise 85374
How much: $20
More things to do
Waste Management Phoenix Open
The biggest crowds (and biggest party) the PGA Tour will see all year takes place annually at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Many of the biggest stars on tour come out each year, and this year’s event sees the return of Tiger Woods, who is competing in the event for the first time since 2001.
When: Jan. 26 – Feb. 1
Where: TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N Hayden Road, Scottsdale 85255
How much: Daily general admission $25
Going to the Pro Bowl or Super Bowl or just checking out University of Phoenix Stadium? Find out where to go and what to eat near the stadium with our Things to Do in the West Valley blog post.
Going to be downtown for Super Bowl Central and the NFL Experience? Check out our Things to Do in Downtown Phoenix post. And when visiting downtown, take advantage of the DTPHX City Sampler. More than 20 local bars and restaurants will be offering $5 specials from Jan. 23 to Feb. 1.
We’ve also got Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale and more towns covered in our Things to Do in the East Valley post.