LIVE BLOG: Latest on Super Bowl LI in Houston - Thursday & Friday

HOUSTON – Super Bowl LI events, concerts and parties are ramping up. We’ll keep this live blog updated with the latest through Super Bowl Sunday!

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HELPFUL LINKS:  Super Bowl LI Party Guide | Super Bowl in Houston: 5 things to know Friday | LIVE cam: Marriott Marquis overlooking Super Bowl Live

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4:10 p.m. Saturday -- WE'VE MOVED! Latest updates are now on this page. You'll find updates from Thursday and Friday archived below.

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11:32 p.m. Friday - Bruno Mars takes the stage! Fans are dancing to the pop singer's hits at Club Nomadic.

11 p.m. Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg hosted the 2017 Leather and Laces Party at Hughes Manor. Various celebrities walked the red carpet.

10:52 p.m. Friday - Singer John Legend was spotted on the red carpet at Club Nomadic and told KHOU he's excited to see Bruno Mars perform.

10:11 p.m. Friday - Fans and celebrities are filing into Club Nomadic ahead of Bruno Mars' performance.

10:05 p.m. Friday - Leon Bridges take the stage at Super Bowl Live near Discovery Green!

9:23 p.m. Friday - Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders was spotted on the red carpet at Club Nomadic ahead of Bruno Mars' show.

8:45 p.m. Friday - The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is underway at Lakewood Church. Featured performers include Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans, Lecrae, Natalie Grant and more.

 

7:51 p.m. Friday - SPOTTED: Katy native and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton on the red carpet at Club Nomadic! 

7:44 p.m. Friday - Crowds are gathering outside at both Super Bowl Live near Discovery Green and Club Nomadic ahead of shows headline by Leon Bridges and Bruno Mars, respectively.

PHOTOS: Harry Connick, Jr. spotted inside the NFL Experience on Friday night!

6:54 p.m. Friday We had a blast mingling with Oilers stars and other NFL legends Thursday night at two very different parties! The Luv Ya Blue fundraiser for Alzheimer's research was in the swanky River Oaks Shopping District. The Oilers in the crowd included Warren Moon, Haywood Jeffires, Cris Dishman, Mike Rozier, Bubba McDowell and many more.

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Down in Stafford, Oiler quarterback Dan Pastorini hosted a shindig at the Redneck Country Club. Several  NFL greats turned out including Mean Joe Greene, Bob Lilly, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson and Vernon Perry. They hung out at at table hosted by Wade Phillips and his lovely wife. 

Phillips and the players chatted with fans, posed for selfies and even signed autographs throughout the evening. 

Proceeds benefited Be An Angel and Bum Phillips Charities.

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6:27 p.m. Friday: As Super Bowl week continues, celebrity sightings has become the name of the game! Here's a look at who we've spotted so far! Send your celebrity snaps to photos@khou.com

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6 p.m. Friday- Gospel stars, NFL players , and more celebrities walked the red carpet before entering the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration that took place at Lakewood Church.

5:50 p.m. Friday - In case you missed it: Houston native Solange Knowles performed to a packed house last night at Super Bowl Live. See the photos here.


 

5:20 p.m. Friday - Darby Douglas gives a Friday evening traffic update. Where ever you're heading tonight, leave plenty of time to get there.


 

5:05 p.m. Friday - A small line is forming outside of the Super Bowl Live. 

 

4:51 p.m. Friday - Fans are already lined up outside at Club Nomadic ahead of Bruno Mars' performance later tonight. Those who attended the Sam Hunt and Chainsmokers show Thursday night said there were some kinks to work out, but their experience was "awesome" overall. Read more here

4:37 p.m. Friday - On KHOU 11 News at 4:30, we introduced you to Donald Crisman, who has attended EVERY Super Bowl! Read about his incredible story here.

 

4:07 p.m. Friday - Police bring dogs into Club Nomadic before tonight's Bruno Mars concert.

 

3:46 p.m. Friday - Even the Houston Texans are getting some love in downtown Houston ahead of the Super Bowl.

 

2:52 p.m. Friday - The Houston Super Bowl Twitter account says that the least trafficked entrance for Super Bowl Live is in between the Hilton and the GRB.

PHOTOS: Puppy Bowl delights at the NFL Experience!

2:19 p.m. Friday -- Hey @JKCorden! Look who we spotted at the #NFLExperience in Houston today! We want to hang out with your sisters.

 

 

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1:19 p.m. Friday -- SPOTTED! Texans DE JJ Watt doing an interview on Radio Row at the NFL Experience.

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1:13 p.m. Friday -- CBS News reports VP Mike Pence is coming to Houston for Sunday's Super Bowl game.

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1:10 pm. Friday -- SPOTTED! Former NFL star Terrell Owens was at Radio Row at the NFL Experience.

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1:06 p.m. Friday -- Another look at the entertainment underway at Super Bowl Live at Discovery Green right now.

 

 

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12:40 p.m. Friday -- KHOU 11's Lauren Talarico reports on celeb sightings at the George R. Brown Convention Center this morning:

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12:35 p.m. Friday -- KHOU 11 Meteorologist Brooks Garner says Friday afternoon will top out at about 59 degrees with a 20 percent rain chance. A slight rain chance continues through the weekend with warmer temps Super Bowl Sunday. Tap here for more weather.

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12:08 p.m. Friday -- Check out Madison HS rocking the #NFLExperience at the GRB.

 

 

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11:52 a.m. Friday -- Hall of Famer Oilers RB Earl Campbell this morning!

 

 

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11:46 a.m. Friday -- Mr. Craig Robinson from The Office and more with our KHOU 11 Russ Lewis.

 

 

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11:36 a.m. Friday -- Police saluting Super Bowl LI with these cool badges! (They say no tax money spent.)

 

 

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10:58 a.m. Friday -- Super Bowl LI pregame festivities now to feature headliner Zac Brown Band with Fitz and the Tantrums. New info just in from the NFL!

 

 

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10:53 a.m. Friday -- Our 360 degree view from the KHOU 11 booth in Hall D at the NFL Experience! Come by a take a pic with morning anchor Russ Lewis!

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10:38 a.m. Friday -- Spotted UH track coach Burrell Leroy

 

 

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10:20 a.m. Friday -- A little Eli Manning action at the GRB right now.

 

 

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10:02 a.m. Friday -- We're interviewing Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerome "The Bus" Bettis on Radio Row at GRB right now.

 

 

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9:50 a.m. Friday -- Harry Conick Jr. is at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Our reporter Lauren Talarico just did a Facebook Live with him.

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9:40 a.m. Friday -- Game faces!

 

 

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9:17 a.m. Friday -- Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg are above to go live on SiriusXM from the George R. Brown. They are hosting the Leather and Laces party tonight.

 

 

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8:46 a.m. Friday -- You never know who you'll run into at the NFL Experience in downtown. Here's Cowboys QB Dak Prescott!

 

 

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7 a.m. Friday -- That's a wrap at GRB for KHOU 11 News This Morning- Great Day Houston will be live from the NFL Experience at 9 a.m.

 

 

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7:45 a.m. Friday -- As of right now, tickets are still available for Bruno Mars tonight at Club Nomadic. The cost is $225 for the general admission! Tap here for our 5 things to know today.

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7:10 a.m. Friday  -- An obnoxious New York City radio host in town for the Super Bowl has a lot to say about Houston – and none of it’s good. During their broadcast earlier this week, he started out by calling the GRB Convention Center “a dump.” Tap here to watch the video

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7:03 a.m. Friday - 59 Bridge Lights are on! Air 11 was overhead to check out the new lights on the bridges over Highway 59 near the Spur were turned on, just in time for Super Bowl weekend.

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4:08 a.m. Friday - Photos: Sam Hunt & The Chainsmokers thrill thousands at Club Nomadic opening night

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11:32 p.m. Thursday - DJ duo The Chainsmokers take the stage at Club Nomadic.

10:20 p.m. Thursday - Although Sam Hunt has begun performing at Club Nomadic, the line of people waiting to get in is wrapped around the block. KHOU's Tim Wetzel talked with some concert goers who were waiting in line for more than an hour.

10:05 p.m. Thursday - Sam Hunt takes the stage to open the first concert at Club Nomadic.

10 p.m. Thursday - Native Houstonian Solange takes the stage as the headliner of Super Bowl Live at Discovery Green.

7:12 p.m. Thursday - It's show time! Club Nomadic opens tonight with Sam Hunt and The Chainsmokers. Sixty days ago, the traveling nightclub hadn't been built. Now, it's show time.

6:50 p.m. Thursday - Darby Douglas has the latest on what to expect with traffic during Super Bowl events tonight.

Video: Getting around town Thursday night during Super Bowl events

4:45 p.m. Thursday - Harris County OHSEM tweeted that part of Kirby Dr. will close at 7 p.m.

 

4:15 p.m. Thursday - Darby Douglas is tracking the traffic around downtown as people head in for tonight's events.

Video: Tracking the traffic for Super Bowl LI

1:29 p.m. Thursday - Remember you'll find more than football at Super Bowl Live in Discovery Green. We just published our latest slideshow that showcases some of the NASA vehicles & gear you'll see on display.


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1:06 p.m. Thursday - Statement just in from the HSBHC: "Today, the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee (HSBHC) “Touchdown Houston” charitable giving program, in partnership with the NFL Foundation, will contribute $4 million in grants to 78 local, non-profit organizations. These grants will provide a legacy in all 11 counties of Houston by concentrating on three key areas: education, health and community enhancement. The grants will be administered through the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Last night, HSBHC hosted the Luminaries of the Game celebration at the Marriott Marquis Houston, where the $1 million-dollar charitable goal of the event was reached, with an additional $1 million matched by the NFL Foundation. Today, the NFL Foundation will announce their $1 million contribution, which focuses on youth physical fitness and wellness, at the Pro-Vision Academy at 10 a.m. Representatives from the NFL, Houston Super Bowl Host Committee and the Houston Texans will gather to recognize the recipients of this year’s Super Bowl Legacy Grants." View KHOU 11's party & events guide, tap here

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12:57 p.m. Thursday -  Reporter Marcelino Benito is following the latest at Club Nomadic, it will be hosting its first Super Bowl LI concert with Sam Hunt and The Chainsmokers, both in town Thursday night. They are putting the final touches on the venue right now.

 

 

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12:51 p.m. Thursday - More from Lady Gaga's press conference. She says we do NOT need to worry about another "wardrobe malfunction" at this Houston Super Bowl. View all of @KHOUStephanie's tweets from her coverage of the Lady Gaga press conf.

 

 

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12:30 p.m. Thursday - Celeb sighting! KHOU 11's Matt Musil ran into Olympian track star Carl Lewis

 

 

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12:15 p.m. Thursday - Lady Gaga takes the stage for a press conf. in Houston to discuss the big halftime show. Tap here watch live on Facebook.

Lady Gaga started the press conf. by tossing her official football to her dad

 

 

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11:35 a.m. Thursday - The Super Bowl pre-game show press conference just got underway with performer Luke Bryan. NFL officials say NASA veterans will be honored in a pre-game tribute. Watch Luke Bryan's press conference here where he admits he's rooting for the Atlanta Falcons.

 

 

 

 

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10:42 a.m. Thursday - More than 260,000 counterfeit sports-related items worth an estimated $20 million have been seized as part of a joint federal investigative operation. Tap here to read more and watch the live press conference here.

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10:07 a.m. Thursday - Heads up! KHOU 11 News has learned that Club Nomadic, which will host performances by Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars, will have a "strictly enforced" upscale dress code. No t-shirts. No sneakers. Tap here to read more.

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2:42 a.m. Thursday -- Wednesday marked 13 years since pop star, Janet Jackson had the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" seen around the world at Super Bowl 38 in Houston. KHOU 11 reporter Josh Marshall spoke to the man who sold the accessory worn by Jackson on her nipple that night in an effort to find out the truth: was the malfunction really on purpose??? Tap here to read/watch the report.

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12:09 a.m. Thursday - Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is the new brand ambassador for Mizzen+Main which celebrated its launch at Nordstrom Houston Galleria on Wednesday. Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan interviewed J.J. Watt in a feature segment. Watch it here:

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11:42 p.m. Wednesday - NFL alumni challenged “Wounded Warriors” in flag football. It was a blowout. Tap here for the full story and view the photos below.

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11:00 p.m. Wednesday - Photos from tonight's NFL Hall of Fame Gala (2 slideshows):

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