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.