The center of much of the off-field Super Bowl action will be the yet-to-be-completed Midtown Park.
“I’m very pleased to announce that ESPN will make Midtown Park its home for the broadcast,” said Houston Super Bowl Committee CEO Sallie Sargent.
It’s difficult to believe what’s now a construction site will be finished.
Eventually, the park will feature greenspace and other amenities over an underground parking garage.
“This is our second time hosting...We’re veterans,” said Houstonian Patricia McFarland.
She remembers when the Midtown area looked a lot different.
“I grew up in the in the Third Ward not far from here – maybe 10 minutes,” McFarland said.
She says Midtown Park will be the perfect place for Super Bowl fans. That’s because it’s between big downtown hotels and NRG Stadium.
“I’m excited about everyone coming back to Houston to see all of the progress that we’ve made since the last time we hosted,” McFarland said.
It’s been 1,256 days since Houston was awarded Super Bowl 51. And there’s no overtime allowed in making sure the city is prepared.
“The last 100 are critical and count a lot,” Sargent said. “But we’re ready.”
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