Preparing for the big game in Miami

Local expert tips on celebrating during the big game in Miami

Miami is iconic as a city of glitz, glamour, beautiful beaches and the host city for the Big Game. This is the 10th time in the city’s history that they’ve hosted the Big Game. Miami will welcome millions of visitors for one of the most anticipated championship games of the year, with the San Francisco 49ers taking on the Kansas City Chiefs.

If you’re traveling to Miami for this year’s game, don’t worry about figuring out your itinerary! We consulted with local real estate agents within the Coldwell Banker family for expert insight on the best pre-game activities and locations that Miami has to offer!

Where to Stay

With the game being held at Hard Rock Stadium in just north of the city in Miami Gardens, deciphering where you will stay is just as important as what jersey you’ll be wearing for the big game. Rose Sklar  says that Miami has a multitude of hotels to choose from, but “If you’re looking for a 5-star resort, I recommend the iconic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. They offer Super Bowl packages including transportation to and from the big game. When it’s time to relax you can play a round of golf, experience their world-class spa and famous pool coupled with exquisite dining,” said Sklar.

Rose Sklar

Exploring the Miami-area

Miami has a vibrant culture that is indicative of the city’s diversity and boasts numerous cultural attractions to choose from, including museums, art galleries, theater and more. Jacqueline L. Gillman suggests visiting the Perez Art Museum Miami, a modern and contemporary art museum that houses and exhibits international art of the 20th and 21st centuries, or the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, an enchanting Mediterranean-style Gilded Age estate that is a National Historic Landmark featuring 32 elegant rooms and 20 acres of formal gardens.

If you love the outdoors, Gillman also recommends visiting the famed Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and home to endangered species like the Florida panther (also the state animal), American crocodile and the manatee. “During an airboat tour of the Everglades, you may even get to see an alligator, or two!” said Gillman.

Jacqueline L. Gillman

The Big Game Events

There are tons of events being held in Miami in for the big game, and Gilles Rais says that for the sporty crowd who love following the latest music, check out Rob Gronkowski’s Gronk Beach Music Festival featuring musical artists Diplo, Kaskade, Rick Ross and Flo Rida. This six-hour long daytime event begins on Miami Beach on Saturday, February 1st at 1 p.m. For an artsy ambiance, choose the Shaq’s Fun House Miami carnival experience in Wynwood featuring Pitbull, Diddy, Tiesto and more. This Friday night party starts at January 31st at 9 p.m.   Rais recommends experiencing the glitz of 1950’s Miami Beach by making a reservation at Faena’s Living Room Lounge, with live music and the smooth sounds of jazz blended with disco and Top 40 music. Another popular late-night haunt is the Saxony Bar, a lounge with an intimate setting oozing Golden Age glamour, music and classic cocktails.

Gilles Rais

Dining Options

Miami offers a wide variety of dining experiences including local and international fare, but where do you start? Jon Corso (who’s attended 10 out of the last 15 Big Games!) suggests exploring the South of Fifth (SoFi) area. “The best restaurants are in SOFI, including Joe’s Stone Crab, Milo’s, Upland and Prime 112.  South Pointe Tavern is also a SoFi local fave for watching all the big games or just sipping unique cocktails.  So, whether you’re visiting Miami Beach for the game or just everything else, you can’t go wrong in SOFI,” said Corso. With a large number of visitors expected across the city during the big game, it is highly recommended that you make restaurant reservations to ensure a seat at the restaurant of your choice.

Jon Corso

If you’re going to celebrate during the big game in Miami, whether it’s cheering on your favorite team to victory at a local bar or restaurant or enjoying some of the best beaches in the nation, Coldwell Banker agents have you covered!

Senior Manager, Public Relations & Giving for Coldwell Banker. Grew up in Sarasota and attended college at Western Carolina University. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed to Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. She has been with this awesome brand for more than 15 years and can be found generating buzz about CB in every way possible. Athena helps to grow the brand’s position as the most storied real estate company within the industry and has led many high-profile endeavors; she was at the forefront of the brand’s pioneering smart home campaign, raised $6 million in two years to build 130 Habitat for Humanity homes, and led the Homes for Dogs program in partnership with that resulted in tens-of-thousands of dogs finding their furever home. She currently leads the CB Supports St. Jude program, which encourages the Coldwell Banker network’s 96,000+ real estate agents to make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for every real estate transaction they represent. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or planning her next travel adventure. She's the proud mom of three cats Jolene, Ziggy and Lucy.

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