It’s been a few weeks since Houston hosted Football’s largest event of the year: Super Bowl LI. While the game will go down in history, the next host city-Minneapolis, could take a few notes on how Houston handled the hundreds of thousands of people and the parking challenges that come with hosting any major sporting event.
Clear communication has been proven key to large events such as the Super Bowl, using social media, working with local businesses, and having a well thought out plan in place well ahead of the event. The Houston Super Bowl committee and local police departments made sure to reach out to local business to make sure they were aware of street closures, parking restrictions and event schedules that would come in to play for roughly a two week period prior to Super Bowl LI.
As well as this, the committee had parking reservations available in the month of December, giving visitors a chance to plan their parking arrangements beforehand, instead of stressing about finding a spot on game day. This helped keep traffic moving on game day, as many visitors had planned their routes and were aware of the different parking restrictions.The committee also suggested a number of different transportation motives such as the local metro line, Uber, and taxi services.
All in all, the committee felt as though their plan was executed well and proved to be a success. With Minnesota on the clock, it will be interesting to see how they prepare for Super Bowl LII.
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