While the Super Bowl itself will be going down at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, 43 miles south of San Francisco, consider this: when it’s time for the Carolina Panthers to take on the Denver Broncos, there’s only space for 75,000 fans. Even if you’re a football die-hard, chances are you probably won’t be one of them. The next best place to catch the game? Right where you live.
If you can't make it to Santa Clara or don't feel like shelling out $6,000 for a ticket, don't fret. Just as the teams get ready for this major face-off, we've rounded up the top pre-game activities happening before the excitement hits February 7—as well as the best events happening on Super Bowl Sunday. From San Francisco to Denver to Charlotte, and several other spots along the way, we found the best places to watch the Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers.
Even the towns who don’t have a team competing (read: most of them) haven’t let it dampen their spirit: Classic watering holes in places like Washington, DC, and Dallas have big parties in the works. One of the biggest surprises? Our love for this sport has made its way across the pond, and spots across London are hosting parties to celebrate “American-style football” this weekend.
Get ready for all-you-can-eat-and-drink parties (and lots of wings), 24-foot TV screens, and even a Super Bowl 5K race. From coast to coast, and to the U.K., here’s a rundown of the best events leading up to Super Bowl 50 and where to watch the event come game day.