Local businesses gear up for Super Bowl weekend

WILD WINGS: Josh Peters and DeMarcus Morris-Irby, cooks at Buffalo Wild Wings of Big Rapids, will be seeing hundreds of food orders come through during the Super Bowl on Sunday. (Pioneer photos/Justin McKee)

WILD WINGS: Josh Peters and DeMarcus Morris-Irby, cooks at Buffalo Wild Wings of Big Rapids, will be seeing hundreds of food orders come through during the Super Bowl on Sunday. (Pioneer photos/Justin McKee)

BIG RAPIDS – When it comes to the Super Bowl, fans that endure the winter weather usually glare with envy at the television screen while the two teams playing and the fans enjoy the electrifying atmosphere and the warm climate, even if the game was indoors. Well, not this year!

This year, the Seahawks and the Broncos, both teams accustomed to playing in the cold, will have to factor in one more variable other than their opponent on Sunday, Feb. 2—temperatures dropping from the 30’s, according to nj.com.

Kickoff for Super Bowl XLVIII will begin at 6:25 p.m. at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

This will be the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold weather environment, the first played on Feb.2, the first to be played outdoors on artificial turf, in this case field turf, since Super Bowl X at the Miami Orange Bowl and the first in which two U.S. states, New York and New Jersey, will share hosting duties, according to wikipedia.com.

It is also the first time since Super Bowl XLIV, and just the second time in the past 20 seasons, that the No. 1 seeds from each conference will meet in the championship.

Big Rapids residents still will have to endure the bitter cold temperature come game time, but at least they can stay warm while watching the game from their favorite restaurants.

Ben Nagy, assistant general manager of Buffalo Wild Wings, 1264 Perry Ave., said that the place will be packed with people wanting to watch the game, but there be seats available.

“Throughout the day will have people coming in and out ordering food to go,” Nagy said. “A lot of people have Super Bowl parties at their home so they order here and take the party back to their place.”

THE GATE: With dozens of screens hanging on the walls of The Gate, the newly refurbished business will see a lot of customers on Sunday for the big game.

THE GATE: With dozens of screens hanging on the walls of The Gate, the newly refurbished business will see a lot of customers on Sunday for the big game.

Nagy said the staff at Buffalo Wild Wings doesn’t have a favorite going into the game and the fans are going to be split.

“We will have a lot of Peyton Manning fans in here,” Nagy said. “We have a lot of people that want to see Manning win another Super Bowl, however we have just as many Russell Wilson fans that want to that want to see that Vince Lombardi trophy snatched away from Manning.”

Buffalo Wild Wings will have kid’s meals on special for $2.49 on Sunday, along with late-night happy hour starting at 9 p.m. They will also host of raffle for free giveaways.

If you’re looking to stuff your face, then The Pub at Pizza King, 105 Perry St., Suite B, may be an option for the game. Along with $5 domestic pitchers and $3 Bloody Marys, there will be a $5 all-you-can-eat pizza and breadsticks buffet starting at 6 p.m.

“Don’t forget that we will still have our free all-you-can-eat hot dogs,” said Tony Ruppel, general manager of the Pub. “That’s been a tradition every Sunday and we usually expect between 50 and 60 people for that.”

The Gate, 706 Perry Ave. is also having a buffet starting at 6:30 p.m. along with drink specials and giveaways.

Keith Boguski, kitchen staff at the Gate, said he’s uncertain on the anticipated turnout due to changes in the area.

“A lot of people are doing their parties at home now,” Boguski said. “I’m sure that we will get a good crowd here though.”

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