Super Bowl LI hits Houston starting this weekend with plenty of events, parties and concerts ahead of the big game. Locals as well as visitors are encouraged to party like never before, but it's important to plan ahead. Certain roadways, particularly Downtown around the George R. Brown Convention Center, will be blocked and parking will likely be trickier to find. Here are a few tips on enjoying it all without the fuss.
Houston's MetroRail now runs 23 miles, connecting Downtown to NRG Park and neighborhoods to the north and east. Consider parking in lots or garages along the MetroRail and taking the train into Downtown. Exit Main Street Square on the Red line or Convention District on the Green/Purple line. Metro says it will extend hours of service depending on what's happening each day during the festivities.
Check out BCycle
The city's bike share program is getting a boost during Super Bowl. Thanks to BBVA Compass, bike rentals are free during the 10 days leading up to the big game. Access Houston BCycle at any of more than 30 stations in and around Downtown, Montrose, Midtown and beyond.
Locate Parking Ahead of Time
The Downtown District operates a great page on parking availability with information and directions to specific lots and garages. They will have a special version of the map available during the 10 days of Super Bowl with the option to reserve and pre-pay for a space before you even leave home.
Take Advantage of Cabs and Rideshare
Access to Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon
Super Bowl LIVE is free and open to the public. Note that if crowds become large, access may be restricted due to capacity. While the event is free, it is also gated and participants are asked to enter at one of the designated spots. See this map for details as well as this list of prohibited items.
Access to NFL Experience driven by Genesis
Looking to see all of the fun stuff the NFL is bringing to town? The NFL Experience is essentially an interactive theme park inside the George R. Brown Convention Center. The NFL Experience is a ticketed event and you may need to go through Super Bowl LIVE to enter the GRB.
Access to NRG Park
Note that access to NRG Park will be limited before game day and on game day it will restricted to Super Bowl ticket holders only.