Article by: Kim Morris, Lauren Poland, Jamie Verrekia, Brandon Wolf
Super Bowl LI took place on February 5th, 2017 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. Kickoff happened at 6:30 PM in the NRG Stadium in Huston, Texas. The final score was 34-28 with the Patriots winning in overtime. According to Variety.com proximately 111.3 million people watched the game, including some Elizabethtown College students and faculty.
At halftime, Lady Gaga performed a mix of her old and new tracks, surrounded by thousands of lights and drones. She dropped from the stadium’s roof into the stadium to perform her solo set. Britani Graver, a sophomore at Elizabethtown said, “I loved the halftime show, I love Lady Gaga!” According to Andy Williams, Director of Broadcasting at Elizabethtown College, “the opening portion of the show was shot a week before-hand due to a no-fly-zone within 35 miles of the stadium.” Gaga used 1,000 drones to illuminate her as her backdrop for her opening.
68 ads were shown between the quarters, several of which were repeats of the same products. Some of the ads shown included Mr. Clean, Skittles, The Nintendo Switch, T-Mobile, and Avacados from Mexico. Matt VanCleef, a junior, didn’t watch the whole game, but he enjoyed watching the ads. “My favorite was the Chrysler Alfa Romero ad.” Williams said, “my favorite was the Kia Motors Eco-Hybrid commercial.”