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Friday, November 16th, 2018
“SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL” BUS MAKES FIRST-EVER TRIP TO CHICAGO FOR VIKINGS-BEARS WEEK 11 MATCHUP
New Features Include Carrie Underwood Music Experience, a Selfie Mirror in Collaboration with @OnHerTurf, and a Partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 16, 2018 – NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus makes its first-ever trip to Chicago this week ahead of Sunday night’s Vikings-Bears game (coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. CT on NBC).
The SNF bus continues to travel the country, making stops in the host cities of Sunday Night Football games, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look into the action of SNF broadcasts.
New features on board this season include a Carrie Underwood SNF Open experience, a selfie-mirror presented by @OnHerTurf – a partnership between Refinery29 and NBC Sports that shares in the celebration and amplification of women in sports – and an area showcasing SNF’s new initiative with Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
In addition, fan favorites returning to the bus include a life-size player wall, the official Player of the Game Ball signed at the end of every SNF matchup, and the replica of the Football Night in America desk. The bus continues its journey this week making stops in the Chicago-area ahead of the Sunday Night Football game as the Minnesota Vikings take on the Chicago Bears.
The bus will arrive in Chicago on Friday, November 16 at the Union League Boys & Girls Club from 4:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. CT and will be joined by WMAQ and NBC Sports Chicago. On Saturday, November 17, the bus will be at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL for the University of Illinois vs. Iowa football game from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. CT ahead of kickoff at 3:30 p.m. CT. On Sunday, November 18, the bus will be at Soldier Field for game day from 4:30 p.m. until kickoff at 7:20 p.m. CT.
The schedule for this week:
|Friday, Nov. 16
|4 p.m. –6 p.m.
Union League B&GC (Not Open to Public)
Saturday, Nov. 17
Sunday, Nov. 18
|12 p.m. –3 p.m.
4:30 p.m. – 7:20 p.m.
|Memorial Stadium – University of Illinois vs. Iowa
ABOUT THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS
Since week 1, the bus has traveled across the country to each SNF host city. To give more fans a chance to join in on the experience, the SNF Bus also visits markets along the route without a SNF game on the schedule. The bus arrives in each host 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 gives fans the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show with exclusive activities and experiences.
The 2018 bus features football field decaling on the floor, and a replica of the Football Night in America studio where fans can grab a mic, and act as “special correspondents” for photos. From the Carrie Underwood music experience and the @OnHerTurf display, to the life-size NFL player wall, fans have numerous opportunities to interact and share memories from the bus.
The full list of cities the SNF bus will be visiting throughout the season:
|11||18-Nov||Minnesota at Chicago|
|12||25-Nov||Green Bay at Minnesota|
|13||2-Dec||Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh|
|14||9-Dec||Los Angeles Rams at Chicago|
|15||16-Dec||Philadelphia at Los Angeles Rams|
|16||23-Dec||Kansas City at Seattle|
THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS BY THE NUMBERS
- The SNF bus will travel almost 20,000 miles across the country during the season.
- The bus will make stops in 12 unique locations, making stops in the host cities of all Sunday night games.
- 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 (@SNFon NBC) 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.
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–