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SBD/February 7, 2011/Events and Attractions
Star Search: Recapping The Weekend's Hottest Super Bowl Parties
Published February 7, 2011
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Super Bowl XLV festivities wrapped
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THE NFL EXPERIENCE: The NFL for its official Super Bowl party on Friday night “took over a concrete floor ballroom the size of an airplane hangar at the Hilton Anatole,” the league’s hotel HQs. The VIP area was “hidden behind a curtain, where members” of Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones’ family, Patriots Owner Robert Kraft and Pro Football HOFer John Madden were among the guests. Country singer Martina McBride “played a set in a connecting ballroom.” A “walled off area with a rotating platform featured items from the Hall of Fame, including rings, cleats and the Lombardi trophy” (DALLASNEWS.com, 2/4)….The Ft. Worth Convention Center on Saturday "played host to the 20th annual Taste of the NFL.” Thirty-two chefs -- representing each NFL city -- were on hand to “serve up a dish of their choice.” More than 3,000 guests “paid upward of $600 a ticket to attend” the event, which supports food banks across the
FRIDAY PARTY HOPPING: The "elaborate decor" at ESPN The Magazine's NEXT Party at River Ranch in
SUPER BOWL EVE FESTIVITES: ESPN.com's Lane & White wrote the Maxim State Fair Party at Centennial Hall in Dallas' Fair Park was the "best party of the week by far." It was "literally a carnival brought to life with a ferris wheel, skee-ball, balloon darts, go-carts and other theme park staples" (ESPN.com, 2/6)....The DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl Saturday “drew a big crowd in
PARTY FOULS: The Event, scheduled to feature a performance by Prince, “was officially canceled moments before it was supposed to take place” Friday (DFW.com, 2/5). Refunds “will be available at the point of purchase” (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/6)….At the Rio Room in downtown Dallas Thursday, actress Amy Smart, actor Dave Annable, Saints RB Reggie Bush and Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon were “stranded at the DeLeon tequila-sponsored bash because no cabs or car services would drive out to pick them up.” Another party sponsor, GMC, “ended up shuttling guests home in SUVs.” A tour bus carrying Ludacris was “rear-ended by an 18-wheeler when the rapper/actor was on his way to meet” Cowboys QB Tony Romo for a charity event sponsored by Starter. And one party organizer “had to wait an hour for her bags when the airport conveyor belt got stuck” (N.Y. POST, 2/5).