• By Tyler Luban

Super Bowl watch party in the Dam

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here and MSU Life has gameday plans for a viewing party in the Beaver Dam on Sunday. With free appetizers and the big game on the big screen, students both on and off campus will have the opportunity to watch what is widely considered the biggest sporting event of the year.

Aaron Hughes, student activities coordinator for Minot State, and her team have been working hard to set up the event.

“We’re going to have free food starting at 5:30 p.m., when some of the commercials are expected to start,” Hughes said. “Usually we have around 75 students that come to the Beaver Dam, and it’s usually the students that don’t have cable in their apartments, or maybe they’re underage and can’t go to Wings and Rings or whatever.”

For many students who do not know what they’re doing for the game, this event provides a free and guaranteed way to enjoy one of the biggest televised events of the year. The entire game and halftime show will be shown from start to finish.

The Beaver Dam where the Super Bowl will be streamed. Photo by Alyson Heisler.

This year’s matchup pits the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs against the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers. With exciting players such as Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes and 49ers’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, football fans around campus cannot wait to see this matchup unfold as a new champion looks to be crowned.

“They’re the best two teams in the league,” said Kaiden Cardoso, a freshman broadcasting major. “If you look back at like week eight, you’re probably thinking Niners versus Patriots. Obviously, the Patriots fell off, but the Chiefs have been a dominant force in the NFL for a couple of years. I don’t think the game is going to be a blowout; I’m going to say a 42-35 Chiefs’ win.”

With all the hype around the big game, excitement and emotions are sure to run high.

“This will be the most entertaining game all year,” Cardoso added. “This is going to be a shootout; this isn’t going to be a 17-24 game or a 7-10 game, this is going to be a lot of scoring.”

The Beaver Dam is a popular destination for students and MSU Life is looking to put on a good show with this event. Previous events have left a good impression on students and this Super Bowl party should do the same.

“The Beaver Dam always puts on a pretty good show; there’s usually some games and some prizes to win,” Cardoso said. “I heard there was going to be free food. I mean, I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t go.”

Since 1967, the Super Bowl has been a worldwide event, even reaching a most-watched, live U.S. television broadcast record of 114.4 million viewers in 2015. On Sunday, the Chiefs and the 49ers look to put their name in the history books and MSU Life is offering a free and easy way to witness history with fellow classmates. Kickoff and appetizers begin at 5:30 p.m. on the second level of the Student Center.

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