Spaces filling up fast for the Sunday Super Bowl extravaganza

Costa Rican places to watch the Sunday Super Bowl game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots are filling up fast.

The Sportsmen’s Lodge in San José will host an evening with a $50 flat fee that covers all-you-can-drink Costa Rican beers and imported liquors such as Johnny Walker Red, José Cuervo in addition to a variety of non-alcoholic beverages and six football-style food items. The event starts three hours before kickoff until an hour after the game. During the evening there will be a visit by the Pilsen girls, a mariachi band, raffle prizes and football pools. Out of the initial 200 limited tickets for the party only 30 were left Thursday night.

Other sites around San José are also filling up fast. Chubbs sports bar in Gringo Gulch is selling seats in its television-filled bar for 15,000 colons, which is subtracted from the bill at the end of the night. Chubbs will have a raffle and specials but only about seven seats and two tables remained for purchase Thursday night. The staff predicts it will sell out Friday. Papi’s sports bar nearby is not planning anything special and hopes to have space for the overflow customers from other establishments. Hooters in Escazú as well as San Pedro will be displaying the final football showdown of the season but all their reservable tables have already been claimed. People hoping to get a seat will have to arrive early for the first-come, first-serve tables.

The Hotel Del Rey in San José, which has one of the biggest bar and dining areas in the city, claimed it will fill up with people until no more can fit. But the Super Bowl party will actually start a day early, with a beach party Saturday. The actual Super Bowl event will begin Sunday when everyone wakes up and starts to party again, said one bartender. The official football kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. central time. The hotel will have a free buffet as well as regular drink specials and flat screen televisions in all the bars. The establishment also advertises that the bartenders and waitresses will be dressed as cheerleaders.

Byblos Resort and Casino in Manuel Antonio is urging Super Bowl goers to make reservations quickly as well to ensure a spot to watch the championship game on one of its large projectors or flat screen televisions. Byblos will have two 96-inch projection screens, one 62-inch projection television and four flat-screen televisions. Drink specials are two for one Finlandia Vodka and Jack Daniels whiskey during the game. Food items range from 500 colons for a boca snack to full entrees. Doors open at 3 p.m. And the bar will remain open after the game until at least midnight, it said.

Hotel Cocal and Casino in Jacó will be hosting the game in two separate environments Sunday, allowing patrons to chow down and drink in its restaurant or keep a close eye on their Super Bowl from the Cocal’s casino. At halftime there will be a free buffet consisting of standard game time snacks such as pizza, chicken wings, hot dogs, as well as the restaurant’s standard menu. The bar will open Sunday at 10 a.m. and later fans can kick back with two-for-one cocktails or national beers. Viewers can catch the game on any one of the eight large, flat-screen televisions.

The Point Sports Bar and Grill in Puerto Viejo lets sports fanatics relax under the palms near the surf and enjoy American football Caribbean style. But heard over the sound of the waves will be the Super Bowl football game on a 110-inch projector and six other televisions at the restaurant. The bar will offer a bucket of six beers for 5,000 colons and two-for-one mojitos all Sunday. Their menu consists of American comfort food like chicken wings and hamburgers as well as typical Caribbean dishes. But the staff warned potential guests to show up early for a bar seat or make an indoor seating reservation because expats all along the coast have been flocking to the joint to watch football games this season.

This Sunday’s Super Bowl championship game is between the New York Giants and New England Patriots. For those attending the game in Indianapolis, Indiana, and participating in events in conjunction with the Super Bowl, major security efforts are being undertaken. It is important enough that U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was in Indianapolis Wednesday to discuss the operations.

Certainly the good news is that Ms. Napolitano said no specific or credible threats have been made against this year’s Super Bowl, to be played at Lucas Oil Stadium.

While the primary law enforcement responsibilities rest with the Indiana public safety authorities, Ms. Napolitano said the federal government provides a great deal of support and assistance for the biggest sporting event in the United States.

“We’ve provided first observer and anti-terrorism and security awareness training to more than 8,000 stadium staff and volunteers,” she said.

Fans will be subjected to metal detector searches and pat downs, and will be limited to what they can bring in to the stadium. There is even a limit to the length of spectators’ camera lenses, 15 centimeters or 5.9 inches.

Sunday temporary flight restrictions will be in place prohibiting private aircraft from operating in a large radius around the sports complex.

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