KINGMAN - Mike Rhodes was wearing his NFC champion Seattle Seahawks T-shirt as he sipped a beer Wednesday at Canyon 66 Restaurant and Lounge, wishing he could come back Sunday for the Super Bowl party.
His wife had already invited guests over to the house for the game, and none of them drink.
"But I do," said Rhodes, who moved here from Seattle seven years ago. "This is one of the better spots in Kingman. Plus I know the bartenders."
And he likes to hear people cheering for their favorite teams.
Whether it's in the comfort of home or at a local bar and restaurant, football fans will enjoy the social aspect of the Super Bowl that's on par with the Kentucky Derby, Indy 500 and World Cup soccer.
In 49 years since the inaugural AFL-NFL World Championship Game, the Super Bowl has evolved into a sports spectacle that reaches far beyond the X's and O's and final score.
It's now as much about million-dollar TV commercials, halftime entertainment and a perfectly good reason for a Sunday party.
More than 110 million viewers are expected to tune in to NBC network at 4:30 p.m. Sunday to watch the defending champion Seattle Seahawks play the New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
A lot of them won't know the difference between a trap and a dive, a screen and a draw, a slant and a hook. But they'll know the difference between sliders and tenders, dips and spreads, Bud and Coors.
"I'm not a real football fan, but my co-workers are pumped up for it," said Veronica Amador, floor supervisor at Canyon 66 inside Ramada Inn.
She said the ambience is great at Canyon 66, the staff is wonderful and the lounge features a 90-inch screen among 17 TVs. She also guarantees the $1 draft beers are among the cheapest in town.
Here's a listing of Super Bowl events around Kingman:
Canyon 66 Restaurant and Lounge: 3100 Andy Devine Ave.; Super Bowl Spectacular with stadium-style buffet (hot dogs, cheeseburger sliders, hot wings, nachos), $15; drink specials include 16-ounce drafts for $1, domestic bottles for $1.50 and discounted shots of Fireball; football pool and prize giveaways ($50 NFL gift card).
Cerbat Lanes: 3631 Stockton Hill Road; discounted snack bar items and drink specials; Bud Light reps giving away swag; more than a dozen TV screens.
Chili's: 3840 Stockton Hill Road; normal happy hour specials in the bar include classic margaritas for $3.99, tall mugs of beer for $3.25 and short mugs for $2.25; triple-dipper party platters with choice of three appetizers; 10 percent of sales going to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Dambar and Steakhouse: 1960 Andy Devine Ave.; half off some appetizers (excluding shrimp cocktails and chicken wings); $1 off pitcher of beer; happy hour well drinks.
Time Out Tavern: 2601 Stockton Hill Road; $2 domestic beers; 50-cent hot dogs, wings and sliders; six TVs; 60-inch big screen.
Fireside Lounge: 1716 Hoover St.; $2 domestic and draft beers; games and prizes.