The Super Bowl is high on many sports travelers’ lists of dream events, and with good reason. Whether your team reaches the big game or you just want to see the spectacle of it all first-hand, attending the NFL’s marquee event can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
If you’re looking for ways to help plan that trip to the Super Bowl, we can help. We’ve put together a handy Super Bowl LIV travel resource guide for everything related to attending the big game, from traveling to the Miami area to enjoying yourself during Super Bowl week.
And this will be the 11th time that Miami is hosting the event, the most among any Super Bowl site, so you can bet that South Florida will put on a good show.
Miami International Airport (MIA) is the main entry point for fliers looking to reach Miami proper, but it isn’t the only airport serving South Florida — and, believe it or not, it isn’t the closest airport to Hard Rock Stadium. However, it is a hub for American Airlines and the most common option for travelers coming in on international flights.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), some 14 miles from the stadium (compared to 16 miles between the stadium and MIA) is a viable and popular alternative to flying into Miami, and if your plans and/or lodging arrangements involve being in Broward County, this may be your better bet. This is also the airport you’re likely flying into if you choose a budget carrier (ie. Spirit, Allegiant, Frontier and so on).
One more airport option exists in Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), about 60 miles north of Hard Rock Stadium. It offers nonstops from a handful of East Coast and Midwest destinations.
Hard Rock Stadium is located in the municipality of Miami Gardens. Its distance from downtown Miami should be noted, as most events leading up to the game will take place in the downtown area.
It stands to reason that the most convenient place to stay during Super Bowl week would be the downtown Miami area, but it will also be the hardest and most expensive place to find lodging. Befitting South Florida’s status as a major year-round tourist destination, hotels and other lodging options can be found throughout the region.
Fort Lauderdale Beach will have the second-largest concentration of major hotel brands, and you’d be just as close to the stadium as you would staying in downtown Miami — but you’d be far-removed from most of the primary Super Bowl events (though the party scene will be just as lively).
For budget options, try looking along the I-95 corridor that connects Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, as well as select suburbs in Broward County. Click here to find more hotel options in the Miami area.
Parking and transportation
There isn’t much to speak of in terms of public transit in South Florida, and that goes for reaching Hard Rock Stadium as well. Driving, using rideshares or taxis, or finding a bus, shuttle or limo are your main options for getting to the game on Super Bowl Sunday.
A number of private transportation companies are offering rides to the stadium. A company called Rally, which touts itself as “bus rideshare” and operates in a handful of NFL cities during the regular season, is advertising a shuttle service to the game from numerous pickup points around South Florida; more information can be found here.
Things to do
The NFL’s official Super Bowl Experience, touted as “pro football’s interactive theme park,” is open Jan. 25-26 and Jan. 29-Feb. 1 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Tickets are $20 for adults (free for children) and can be purchased here.
Super Bowl Live, a fan village that will include activities, sponsor booths, concerts and more, will be staged at downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park beginning Saturday, Jan. 25, and running through Saturday, Feb. 1 (closed on Wednesday, Jan. 29). Admission for Super Bowl Live is free.
Super Bowl Opening Night will be held on Monday, Jan. 27 at Marlins Park (home of MLB’s Miami Marlins), and features the annual Super Bowl Media Day. The event is open to spectators; general admission tickets begin at $25 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.
If it’s your first visit to Miami, don’t pass up a chance to see the famed Miami Beach (which includes the “South Beach” that so many refer to during sporting events held in Miami). For a unique cultural and/or culinary experience, check out the city’s Little Havana district west of downtown, which includes the “Calle Ocho” (Eighth Street) on which many popular Cuban restaurants and shops are located. Our Miami sports travel guide has more details on what to experience in the area.
Here are more sporting events that you can check out while in South Florida:
• The NBA’s Miami Heat complete a five-game homestand early in Super Bowl week, hosting games against Orlando on Monday, Jan. 27, and Boston on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The Heat’s home, AmericanAirlines Arena, is in downtown Miami, not far from Bayfront Park and across the bay from Miami Beach. If you’re planning on sticking around after the Super Bowl, the Heat play at home again on Monday, Feb. 3, against Philadelphia.
• The University of Miami men’s basketball team also have a home contest on Super Bowl week, facing Virginia Tech on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at their on-campus Watsco Center. Miami’s campus is located in Coral Gables, about eight miles southwest of downtown Miami.
• The Florida Panthers of the NHL are on the road throughout Super Bowl week, not returning home to the BB&T Center until Thursday, Feb. 6.
• If you can’t get enough NFL action and don’t mind heading to Florida early, get to Orlando on Sunday, Jan. 26, for the Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium. From there, Miami is about a 3½-hour drive via Florida’s Turnpike or a short (less than one hour) flight away.