The Countdown Begins

First of four giant footballs ticking Super Bowl countdown unveiled at NRG Stadium

Giant football ticking Super Bowl countdown unveiled at NRG Stadium

Super Bowl Countdown Clock, Feb. 2016
The first of four Super Bowl countdown clocks unveiled at NRG Stadium. Photo by Michal Wycoff
Super Bowl Countdown Clock, Feb. 2016
The first message on the Super Bowl countdown clock advises 'Become a Volunteer.' Photo by Michal Wycoff
Super Bowl Countdown Clock, Feb. 2016, Ric Campo, Ed Emmett, Bob McNair, Sylvester Turner
Houston Super Bowl Host Committee chairman Ric Campo, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, Mayor Sylvester Turner. Photo by Michal Wycoff
Super Bowl Countdown Clock, Feb. 2016
Kevin Hoffman, William Paul, Hasting Stewart and Larry Green giving th hand sign of their fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha. Photo by Michal Wycoff
Super Bowl Countdown Clock, Feb. 2016
Waltrip High School Band and cheerleaders add gridiron spirit to the festivities. Photo by Michal Wycoff
Super Bowl Countdown Clock, Feb. 2016
Super Bowl Countdown Clock, Feb. 2016
Super Bowl Countdown Clock, Feb. 2016, Ric Campo, Ed Emmett, Bob McNair, Sylvester Turner
Super Bowl Countdown Clock, Feb. 2016
Super Bowl Countdown Clock, Feb. 2016

Fresh from their San Francisco Super Bowl scouting trip, H-Town dignitaries kicked off Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium on Thursday with the unveiling of the Countdown Clock. The big reveal was the first of many countdown events to come from the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee.

In fact, three more of the clocks with the distinctive acorn silhouette (a football topped with a message board) will be popping up across town later this spring. Look for the giant acorns to sprout at Bush Intercontinental Airport, Hobby Airport and Discovery Green.

In addition to counting down the days and hours until kickoff on February 5, 2017, the clocks will display relevant messages. The first: "Become a Volunteer."

"In San Francisco, they had more than 1 million people that visited the city because of the Super Bowl," Mayor Sylvester Turner told the gathering. "We are expecting more than that. We are centrally located, right here in the Southwest. This is a great opportunity for us to showcase this city."

Joining Turner in the spotlight at the reveal were Harris County Commissioner Ed Emmett, Houston Super Bowl Host Committee chair Ric Campo, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair and host committee president and CEO Sallie Sargent.