Countdown to the 2023 Super Bowl is on, and football fans across Texas are gearing up for the highly anticipated event. Unfortunately, Texas’ two teams aren’t in the big game this year. The Kansas City Chiefs take on the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ. Super Bowl LVII will be played on Sunday, Feb. 12. Kick-off is at 5:30 p.m. CT.
With a population of 30 million, viewership in Texas will be huge. We’ve put together a guide to provide fans in Texas with some relevant information about the big game.
Key Super Bowl watch parties
It would be fantastic if NFL fans in Texas could place a wager on the game. Well, not this year, unless you drive to Louisiana. Efforts are underway at the Texas Capitol to legalize casinos and launch a path to legal sports betting, but that would still put the first legal sports book in Texas in at least late 2024.
Finding a place to watch Super Bowl 57 in Texas will not be difficult. Depending on which city you live in, the choice of venues is plentiful.
In the Dallas area, The Owner’s Box inside the Omni Hotel has got the true sports bar feel. Here, you’ll find all the cold beer, TVs and pool tables you could ever want. One reason the bar is so popular is a selection of private tables with piped-in isolated sound that allows you to hear the commentary and every whistle blow no matter how loud things get in there.
If you live around Austin, a great place to enjoy the game would be The Tavern. Founded in 1933, this downtown bar located off 12th and Lamar is rumored to have once been a brothel. Now, it’s the spot where the University of Texas and Kansas City Chiefs fans like to hang out. With more than 30 high-def TVs, beers, wings and burgers, it’s the perfect place to catch the big game with friends.
Houston also offers a myriad of places to watch the Super Bowl, but perhaps there’s no better spot than The Sporting Club. Located in the heart of the city, it’s a full-scale restaurant, bar and lounge that boasts a 360-degree marble bar and LED TV matrix. Sitting under the retractable roof will make you feel like you’re at the stadium.
Players who hail from The Lone Star State
Football is a big deal in Texas, but the Houston Texans have never played in the Super Bowl and the Dallas Cowboys haven’t played in one since 1996. Still, that doesn’t mean players from Texas haven’t been well represented in the Super Bowl. In fact, there are 10 players from Texas in this year’s Super Bowl.
To begin with, both starting quarterbacks hail from Texas. Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes is from East Texas where he played for the Whitehouse Wildcats. That’s where he famously threw 50 touchdown passes during his senior year of high school.
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was born and raised in Houston. In high school, he played for Channelview, where his father is still head coach.
There are eight other players from Texas who’ll suit up Sunday.
- Shane Buechele of the Chiefs is a backup quarterback from Arlington.
- Ronald Jones II is a running back for the Chiefs who hails from Dallas.
- Nick Bolt of the Chiefs is a linebacker born and bred in Dallas.
- Zech McPhearson of the Eagles played for Texas Tech University.
- Grant Calcaterra is a tight end for the Eagles. He briefly played for Southern Methodist Church in Texas.
- Kyron Johnson of the Eagles plays linebacker and is from Arlington.
- Lane Johnson is an offensive tackle for the Eagles. Johnson grew up in Groveton.
- Milton Williams of the Eagles is a defensive tackle from Crowley.
Also, Dave Toub is assistant head coach and special teams coordinator for the Chiefs. In college, he played on the offensive line at the University of Texas-El Paso, where he also began his coaching career in 1986.
DFS options for the big game
Texas isn’t too hot on gambling, but Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) betting is tolerated by lawmakers in the state. The games are quite popular, and NFL football is the most commonly played daily fantasy sport.
DraftKings, the largest daily fantasy sports operator, runs the most popular DFS app in Texas. It offers a fun and responsive gaming experience with a range of sports to engage in DFS contests. For the big game, DraftKings DFS Super Bowl promo will allow players to Get Up To $500 Free on their first deposit.
For those looking to combine the fun of betting and daily fantasy sports, then PrizePicks is a great option. This sportsbook’s exclusive promo for the Super Bowl is if you sign up, you’ll receive a 100% deposit match up to $100. Another spectacular offer is if Mahomes throws over 1 yard during the game, you win.
Texas fans can also bet on the Super Bowl via Fliff. This is a social sportsbook where players can place picks on sporting events and have the chance to win cash prizes. Players have two ways to use the app. They can use Fliff Coins to make free picks on sporting events or they can use earned Fliff Cash to place picks. Players are encouraged to sign up with the Fliff promo code for up to $600,000 Fluff Coins and $100 Flich Cash on purchase.