Super Bowl XLVIII is this Sunday (Feb. 2) at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and for the first time it will be held in an open-air stadium (AKA outside) with spectators exposed to the elements.

The Super Bowl began in January 1967 as a game just to crown a champion for the 1966 pro football season. Today’s 48th edition reflects far more than just a game. The event has become a spectacle.

Yes, the game is played and a champion is crowned. But many watch for the debut of fantastic commercials, the performance of the National Anthem or the grandiose halftime show .

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This year, the National Anthem will be sung by Renée Fleming, and the halftime show will be performed by Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Parties will be held in private homes and public places. Friends, families, acquaintances, all coming together to enjoy what hopes to be a great game between the NFC’s Seattle Seahawks and the AFC’s Denver Broncos.

So what are you planning to do for the Super Bowl? If you are hosting or attending a private party, then food and beverages are on your agenda. Numerous local businesses are offering specials.

Eating out in McKinney

  • The Holiday Inn and Suites in McKinney posted on its Facebook page its plans for Super Bowl Sunday: $8 wing bar, $2 domestic beers, $3 wells and $5 Long Island iced teas. The festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. in Chaser’s Lounge. Visit holidayinn.com and search for the McKinney-Fairview location.
  • Do you love chicken wings? Do you love big screen TVs? Buffalo Wild Wings has both and plenty of them for Sunday. Located at 2035 N. Central Expy. in McKinney. Visit buffalowildwings.com.
  • Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar invites you to spend football night among friends. They have big screens, cold beer and good food. Located at 6800 State Highway 121 in McKinney. Visit bostonsgourmet.com.
  • Don’t let the store name fool you. It will be anything but mellow at the Mellow Mushroom on Sunday. Watch the game and enjoy anything from the regular menu. Located at 218 E. Louisiana St. in Historic Downtown McKinney. Visit mellowmushroom.com.
  • If you go one block over, you can watch the game at Louisiana Street Grill and enjoy their regular menu items from steaks to seafood. Located at 350 E. Louisiana St. in Historic Downtown McKinney. Visit louisianastgrill.com.
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The Pantry Restaurant

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Market Street

Staying home in McKinney

  • Let The Pantry Restaurant in McKinney cater your get-together with hot wings, lasagna, spaghetti, enchiladas and more are on the menu, serving anywhere from 10 to 25 people. Visit thepantryrestaurant.net.
  • Market Street will have party trays for your needs. Choose from vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses and more. Their website also has recipes for a wide array of dips, from the classic ranch to the tasty chile con queso or guacamole. Visit marketstreetdfw.com.

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