Jan 27th, 2018, 03:56 PM

Super Bowl Party in the Amex

By Ali Benzerara
Image Credit: Shutterstock/Jeff Bukowski
The Philadelphia Eagles face-off against the New England Patriots for Super Bowl LII, and the Amex is the place to watch it.

For football fans, this is the perfect Superbowl. Whoever you're rooting for, there will surely be exciting, heartbeat skipping plays on both sides of the ball, which is why you do not want to miss the viewing party taking place at the Amex. And for all you non-football believers, the entertainment, social interaction, free food, and discounted beer should be reason enough as to why you do not want to miss this event at the Amex either.

The most watched sports event in the  United States, Super Bowl LII, will be one to remember. The Philadelphia Eagles, who are still seeking their first Super Bowl win, are set to play the five-time champions, The New England Patriots. With artists Pink singing the opening national anthem and Justin Timberlake headlining the half-time show, alongside the beloved commercials, there is something for everyone to enjoy during Super Bowl LII. The game will be broadcasted live on NBC at 12:30 a.m. Monday local time from Minnesota.

The New England Patriots, as well as their star player and quarterback, Tom Brady,  are no stranger to the Super Bowl: they are looking to earn their sixth Super Bowl win. Although the Patriots are favored to win coming into the match-up against the Eagles, the Patriots need to bring their A-game to be victorious. The Eagles, who finished last season with a 3-13 record, have shown huge improvement on the field, and have something to prove to their city, the Patriots and the NFL.

Image Credit: Shutterstock/Jeff Bukowski

Ironically, the last time the Eagles appeared in the Super Bowl was against the Patriots, where they lost 21-24, ending the 2004 season with crushed dreams. This makes for a heated rematch as the Patriots attempt to repeat history and the Eagles look to defy it, throwing all odds to the wind.

This year the Eagles have backup quarterback Nick Foles leading the team after the up and coming star Carson Wentz went down with a knee injury against the Rams in week 13.

Organized by Annamaria Deganutti, Undergraduate Social Director, and sponsored by the Student Government Association, the Super Bowl LII viewing party will start at 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 in the Amex, located on the ground floor of Combes and will go until 5 a.m. Monday morning.

Quesadillas, chicken wings, and fries will be provided free of charge and beers will be available for the happy hour price of €2.50 per pint, and €1.25 per half a pint.

"Last year it was a lot of fun. It's a strange mix between hardcore football fans who know all the little ins and outs about the sport, and then there are people who don't know the sport at all, like myself, who come for fun and to hang out with friends. It's really an event for everyone," Deganutti said.

Aside from the Thanksgiving feast that takes place in the fall semester, this is the only other event that is geared towards American culture. With the Super Bowl being a huge part of American entertainment, it will definitely be a sight to see if you are not familiar with the American tradition.

"We're not just about the American students here at AUP; we don't just follow American themes, but for the Super Bowl, this is where we go all out with the flags, the red, white and blue, and the football helmets," Deganutti said.

About 50 students attended the event last year, and Deganutti is expecting more to show up this time around, making this a great event to meet fellow students and partake in a fun and exciting way.

Since this event takes place overnight in a residential area, strict policies will be enforced to keep the volume down outside.

"We have a lot of smokers at our university and we have a lot of people who will be coming in and out of the building at all kinds of hours so the thing we're really worried about is the noise level outside," Deganutti said.  "There will be a security guard helping us and he will not be shy about kicking people out if they are making too much noise."

The rest of Combes will be closed to students, except the bathrooms on the first floor. Feel free to show up anytime during the event, and remember: Whether you've never seen an American football game in your life, or whether you have been following it since you were a kid, the Amex is a great place to watch the big game and socialize with fellow students.