KUSA - Still deciding where you want to cheer on the Broncos this weekend?
Here are a few fun ideas for those wanting more than a traditional sports bar experience.
Several movie theaters and concert venues are showing the game on their big screens. And almost all of them are free. The Boulder Theater is opening its doors for a Super Bowl party at 3 p.m. The Oriental Theater in Denver is also showing the game and giving away a free shot with each touchdown. Kress Cinema in Greeley is another theater showing the game and they will be offering several drink and food specials. In Fort Collins, fans can go to the Aggies Theater for both a viewing party and a live DJ after the game. All of the above events are free. The Dickens Opera House in Longmont is charging $10 to watch the game on their big screen. They will also have giveaways, trivia, football squares, an appetizer buffet and drink specials.
Keystone ski resort
Enjoy the nearly-empty slopes all morning, then get your Broncos spirit on at one of the resort's Super Bowl parties when the game starts. The Bighorn Bistro and Bar in Keystone's village is offering a chicken wing buffet that includes a variety of all-you-can-eat wings and veggies and a soda or draft beer for $18.95. Another village bar, 9280' will also be offering specials during the game. Then, head to Dillon for a huge after party with a live concert and half-price beer if the Broncos win.
Located outside of Durango, this ski resort is offering deals for the whole day. Lift tickets on Super Bowl Sunday are only $50 (instead of the normal $85). Fans can then head into one of three parties in the village. Purgy's will have prizes, giveaways and game-day food specials and are expecting a "big and rowdy" game day experience. For those who are looking for a fun place to go with the whole family, Paradise Pizzaria will have kids activities to go along with the game. And for those who need to focus on every play, Hoody's is promising the game with no distractions.
Loveland Ale Works
While most of the breweries throughout Colorado are hosting Super Bowl parties, Loveland Ale Works is offering something special for the foodies who love football. Those who want to show off their cooking skills can bring their best chili to the taproom by 4 p.m. on Sunday. The tasting party starts at kickoff and winners will be determined by popular vote. If you aren't a great chef but have excellent tasting skills, you're also invited to judge and watch the game. First through third will receive prizes from the brewery.
College students in Colorado won't have to go far to enjoy the game. Both CU and CSU are hosting Super Bowl parties on campus. In Boulder, The Connection is hosting a Soup 'R Bowl party complete with free soup, snacks and drinks during the game. Those attending CSU can head to the Durrell Center for free food and a chocolate fountain during the game. The party will also include CSU gear giveaways and a Madden Tournament with a grand prize of any NFL jersey. Both events are only open to students.
If you're feeling especially confident about the game this year, why not put your money on it? The casinos in Central City and Blackhawk will be offering bets on everything in the game, including the commercials, half-time show and more. Many are also offering special Super Bowl events. Century Casino will show the game and have a football scoreboard with a grand prize of $700. The Reserve Casino and Hotel is also hosting a game day party with a $10,000 quarterback challenge, giveaways for jerseys and a new TV, and stadium-style food.
A bowling alley
Why not watch the game while playing a game of your own? Celebrity Lanes in Centennial is offering unlimited bowling including shoe rentals for $50 per lane. The deal is valid for up to six people and includes a pizza. Plus there are 53 TVs in the bowling alley so you won't miss any of the game. The Super Bowl special runs from 3:30 p.m. until the end of the game. Punch Bowl Social and Moe's Original BBQ are also hosting Super Bowl parties. Both venues have bowling lanes, pool tables and arcade games for when you get restless.
Golf course clubhouses
Golf clubs are a great place to host a party, and the Super Bowl is no exception. Some are only open to members, but many courses are holding public events as well. The Sand Bar at Pelican Lakes in Windsor is one of the public parties. For $15 guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat appetizer bar and play in a simulator golf contest. In Elizabeth, the Spring Valley golf course also has a $15 all-you-can-eat buffet and is giving away prizes throughout the game. And those are just a few of the many parties. Check your neighborhood course to see what they have going on.
You don't have to skip church because it's Super Bowl Sunday: in fact, you can go to a service and watch the game at the same place. The Thomas Center, CU Boulder's Catholic organization, is hosting a Super Bowl party with free beer, pizza, and snacks. In Thornton, students in grades 6-12 are invited to a watch-party at the North Metro Church. And Community Baptist Church in Brighton will be offering a tailgate and game party. Attendants are asked to bring their own meat to grill and a side dish to share.
BONUS: Get ready to stuff your face with football food by first burning off all the calories you're going to consume later in the day. The SuperBowl 5k starts at 10 am at Wash Park. Participants are encouraged to wear the craziest Broncos gear for a chance to win a prize. Anyone who registers is also entered into a drawing for preseason Broncos tickets. After the race, there will be Super Bowl games, and you should still have plenty of time to head to one of the neighborhood bars before kickoff.
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