Technology is making it possible to join friends and family at a fully virtual, pandemic-era Super Bowl party that shares the fun while maintaining everyone’s safety. Hulu premium subscribers can use the Teleparty app to watch the game together on their screens, CNET says, or try Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Skype to “gather” remotely while watching the live broadcast. To get everyone engaged and involved, try a party game such as Big Game Bingo or rate the commercials together.
While the pandemic has put a damper on most social activities, you can still have a small group over to enjoy the Super Bowl together, the Forever Freckled blog says. Have your party outdoors (weather permitting) and space out seating to maintain social distancing. Offer single-serve snacks such as Buffalo chicken sliders, and portion out dips and chips rather than serving from a communal bowl. “Everyone has different anxieties, stresses, and fears about the virus,” the blog says. “Everyone should feel comfortable without being judged.”
A Seton Hall Sports Poll says one-quarter (25%) of respondents plan to view Super Bowl LV — this weekend’s NFL championship game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — with persons from outside their households. If you are among those people, limit physical contact, wear a mask and avoid shared foodstuffs. If possible, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says, have or attend only outdoor get-togethers where you can safely socially distance and still enjoy the game.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s most prominent advisor on the COVID-19 pandemic, says this year’s Super Bowl must adhere to proper social distancing protocols. Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium will be held to one-third capacity for the game, and the NFL will provide KN-95 masks to in-person spectators. If you plan to host a gathering at home to watch the Chiefs and Buccaneers play, consider inviting only members of your coronavirus “pod” or hosting a halftime Zoom conference in order to stay virus-free.
Every town has its own native food traditions, and those that are home to this year’s Super Bowl contenders are no exception. Theme your party menu to suit 49ers and Chiefs fans by cooking up snacks inspired by San Francisco and Kansas City, Chowhound says. K.C. is known for its barbecue, so whip up a hearty selection of burnt ends, macaroni and cheese, ribs, and baked beans. San Francisco’s seaside location and gourmet farm-to-table traditions suggest a baked goat cheese salad and cioppino chowder — not just Rice-a-Roni. Toasting the touchdowns? Try San Fran’s Anchor Steam or K.C.’s Boulevard brews.