FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 20th, 2016
“SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” BUS RETURNS TO ARIZONA FOR SEAHAWKS-CARDINALS
Stops Include Chandler High School on Friday, Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party, and Cox Retail Store at Tempe Marketplace on Saturday & University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday
New Features Include an Interactive Control Room Replica & Digital/Social Media Wall
Arizona Cardinals Host Seattle Seahawks on NBC’s Sunday Night Football
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 20, 2016 – NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus makes its second appearance of the season in the Phoenix area this weekend, traveling from Chandler High School on Friday to University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday for the Cardinals’ game against the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football. This season, fans will get a closer look at behind-the-scenes action of SNF broadcasts on the bus, which will take fans from the field, to the studio and in the production trucks. Features of the bus include an interactive replica of Sunday Night Football’s control room, a replica of the Football Night in America desk, life-size “Photo Bomb” wall, and more.
The bus begins its second tour of the Phoenix area on Friday, October 21, with an appearance on KPNX* from 5 a.m. – 7 a.m. PT, before traveling to Chandler High School for the Brophy College Prep vs. Chandler High School football game from 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. PT.
On Saturday, October 22, the bus travels to Queen Creek, Ariz., for the Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PT, before making its way to the Cox Retail Store at Tempe Marketplace from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. PT. The bus will be open for fans on Sunday, October 23, at University of Phoenix Stadium beginning 2:15 p.m. ET, leading up to kickoff of Sunday Night Football.
The full schedule for this week’s destinations:
|Fri., Oct. 21||5 – 7 a.m.||KPNX Affiliate News*|
|Fri., Oct. 21||4:30 – 7 p.m.||Brophy College Prep vs. Chandler High School Football Game:
Chandler High School – 350 N Arizona Ave. Chandler, AZ
|Sat., Oct. 22||11 a.m. – 1 p.m.||Schnepf Farms Pumpkin & Chili Party: 24810 South
Rittenhouse Rd. Queen Creek, Arizona, 85142
|Sat., Oct. 22||4 – 6 p.m.||Cox Retail Store at Tempe Marketplace: Tempe Marketplace –
2040 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
|Sun., Oct. 23||2:15 – 5:30 p.m.||Game Day at University of Phoenix Stadium: 1 Cardinals Dr.
Glendale, AZ 83505 – Outside Gate 1 on the West Side of
building by the Cardinal’s Flight Deck
*Event not open to the public
NBC Sports continues its presentation of Sunday Night Football this week with an NFC West divisional showdown, when Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks take on Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Coverage begins with Football Night in America this Sunday, October 23, at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
ABOUT THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS
The bus will arrive in each city two to three days prior to the game, making stops at local landmarks and events before heading to the game site. Once at the stadium, the Sunday Night Football bus will give fans the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show with exclusive activities, memorabilia and a 55-inch monitor housing social media elements.
The inside of the 45 ft.-long bus brings fans from the field to the studio set and for the first time, in the production trucks. The 2016 bus features football field decaling on the floor, an interactive control room replica that allows fans a taste of how the broadcast comes to life, and replica of the Football Night in America studio where fans can grab a mic, and act as “special correspondents” for photos. From the life-size NFL players and Carrie Underwood on the outside, to the life-size “Photo Bomb” wall featuring NFL players, fans will have numerous opportunities to interact and share memories from the bus.
Following each Sunday night game, the stars of the game will autograph the 2016 “Players of the Game Sunday Night Football,” which will be displayed on a photo wall in the bus – complete with a stadium backdrop – alongside the football signed by the 2015 SNF players of the game. In addition, a photo of each 2016 SNF Player of the Game will be added to the SNF schedule display on the outside of the bus throughout the season.
THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS BY THE NUMBERS
- The SNF bus will drive more than 23,000 miles across the country throughout the season;
- There will be 23 game day stops ;
- The bus will drive through 40 different states throughout the season, on the road for more than 370 hours;
- It would take 50 footballs to make up the length of the SNF Bus, and 46,000 footballs to equal the weight of the bus.
The Sunday Night Football bus also incorporates social media inside and out, with SNF’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts along with the #SNF hashtag displayed on the exterior.
A dedicated producer will collect photos and create videos of the bus’ travels and the cast of characters it encounters along the way. Life on the road with the Sunday Night Football bus is featured on the Sunday Night Football Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and NBC Sports on Snapchat.
Fans can follow the social conversation and access content around Sunday Night Football and the SNF Bus at NBCSports.com/SNFAllAccess, with video highlights from the SNF Bus, player interviews and the game. Fans can show their passion for who they think will win each week and use an interactive map to see how other football fans across the country are talking about that SNF matchup. In addition, fans can vote on which team’s hype video they like the best.
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–