With 17.5 million American employees expected to skip work on Monday, it’s time to brace yourself for Super Bowl Fever.
The highly anticipated game will kickoff Sunday in Miami with the San Fransisco 49ers versus the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami, Florida. Tickets to see the game at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium are selling fast with the cheapest seats starting at US$4,505.
Of course, Canadians are already big fans of this year’s Super Bowl host city of Miami. In 2017, nearly 3.5 million Canadians visited Florida. The weather on Super Bowl Sunday is set to be about 20C, so we won’t be surprised to see some snowbirds taking off.
Here’s what you need to know if you plan on being in Miami for the festivities:
Miami will be rocking
Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium can seat 65,326 people for the game, but according to the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, more than 150,000 out-of-state football fans will travel to the area for the festivities,
The main event
The San Fransisco 49ers (15-3) will take on the Kansas City Chiefs (14-4).
The Chiefs played at the first-ever Super Bowl in ’67, and lost 35-10 to the Green Bay Packers. They would go on to win at the ’70 Super Bowl 23-7 against the Minnesota Vikings. This will be the Chiefs’ first time back in the Super Bowl in 50 years.
The 49ers are no strangers to the big game, either. The team played and won their first Super Bowl in ’89 against the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16. They played again the following year, winning 55-10 against the Denver Broncos. The 49ers were back in ’95, winning 49-26 against the San Diego Chargers. The last Super Bowl for the 49ers was in 2013, when they lost to Baltimore.
As for the game’s entertainment, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are set to take the stage. Lopez has spoken about how she is glad that the Super Bowl has two women performing this year — two Latino women.
“It’s their hundredth anniversary [of the NFL], but it’s also the marker of a new time, and a new time not just for the NFL, but for this country,” Lopez was quoted saying in a YouTube video. “It sends an important message about making a statement of love and unity… and hopefully, that resonates for a long time.”
“I feel very honoured, in a way, to be next to JLo, representing the Latino community that is such a powerful force in the United States,” said Shakira. Super Bowl Sunday also happens to be the same day as the Hips Don’t Lie singer’s birthday!
Cannabis in the sunshine state
If you want to party it up in Miami with a little cannabis, exercise caution. In 2017, Florida passed laws to legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients, and it can only be purchased from a Medical Marijuana Treatment Centre, which requires a registration fee. Medical patients may not have more than 4 oz of the drug on them at any time.
If you are a legal medical user in Florida, you can pick up cannabis at the Curaleaf dispensary, which has a drive-thru near the Miami International Airport.
As far as recreational cannabis, it appears Florida will be green-free for at least another year, as legalization backers weren’t able to gather the signatures needed in time for 2020 state legalization vote. Nevertheless, it is reported that 67 per cent of Floridians support legalization.
All of this means that recreational cannabis is a no-go in the state, and it’s also illegal on the federal level, so don’t bring any with you or over the state lines. In December, a Canadian couple was arrested for trying to take 40 pounds of pot to Miami. You can be sent to prison and forced to pay fines for possessing and/or selling cannabis in the state.
Taking things a step further, in October, Miami Beach passed a law that made it illegal to smoke in public, be it cannabis or hemp (the ordinance closed a legal loophole). People caught can be sent to jail for up to 60 days and pay a fine of US$500.
What else can I do there?
But there is plenty else to do in Miami that won’t land you on the wrong side of the law. Check out some cool rooftop bars, like Juvia, which has 270-degree panoramic views of the ocean and the Miami skyline, or No. 3 Social, a new spot in the heart of the arts district with craft cocktails and killer nachos.
You can also search for gators and other creepy creatures on an everglades boat cruise. The cruise by Everglades Alligator Farm will take you to meet a 14-foot gator names “Grandpa” and his thousands of gator buddies. As well, you can visit the Miami Seaquarium, which is one of the largest oceanariums in the U.S. You can even swim with seals and dolphins!
If you’re more into lounging on some warm beaches , hit up Miami’s famous South Beach which has pristine white sand and Insta-worthy views. If you’re hoping to kick back somewhere less crowded, try Sunny Isles Beach, a shorter stretch of shorefront that’s great for families and picnics.
Written by Skyler Ash