Houston prepares for the Superbowl

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A lot has changed since the last time Houston hosted the Superbowl in 2004.

Are you ready for the biggest celebration Houston has ever hosted?

AJ Mistretta of Visit Houston says the Bayou City is more prepared than ever to party with better infrastructure, more hotels and restaurants, and new event spaces,

When Houston hosted the super bowl back in 2004, Discovery Green didn't actually exist. This time around, it will be ground-zero for free fan events.

The Super Bowl Live festival is expected to draw 1 million people a big jump from the 200 thousand attendees at the George R Brown back in 2004.

There are even more changes to the downtown landscape.

Avenida de las Americas is also undergoing a major transformation, 5 of the 8 driving lanes are being eliminated to allow for a more pedestrian friendly promenade.

Lining the promenade are 4 new restaurants in the Convention Center that will open in time for the big game.

Since 2004, Houston's 6 thousand dining establishments boomed to 10 thousand and they're all eager to host Superbowl crowds.

Newcomer B&B Butchers steakhouse is pulling out all the stops with a custom-built restaurant shuttle for guests trying to navigate Houston's streets

Back in 2004, Houston had 44 thousand hotel rooms, by Superbowl 2017, there will be 84 thousand.

Among them -- the brand new Marriott Marquis and the Four Seasons, which is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation to get game-ready.

METRO and the Houston Super Bowl Host committee have created special transportation options to get everyone to all of the Super Bowl fan activities.
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