Plenty of Super Bowl festivities planned in Europe
When the Super Bowl hoopla kicks off Sunday, Americans in Europe will have plenty of options for watching the annual extravaganza.
The American Forces Network will be showing the game on four of its stations, and several European stations are also scheduled to show the game.
And those who cannot get the game at home — or don’t want to watch it alone — can join in on the couch coaching in front of a big-screen television at one of the many Super Bowl parties scheduled on U.S. bases.
The game kicks off at 12:25 a.m. Monday Central European Time, and will be shown on AFN-Sports, AFN-Prime Atlantic, AFN-Prime Pacific and AFN-Xtra (formerly AFN-Korea). It will also be broadcast on AFN radio.
In addition, each station will also have an assortment of pre- and post-game features.
Those who cannot get AFN will not be shut out.
In Germany, station ARD is broadcasting the game live for the first time. The station will have a 15-man crew in Detroit, and will have color provided by Tom Nütten, an NFL lineman who played with the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV and speaks German fluently.
Italia 1 in Italy, ITV in Britain and SBS in the Netherlands are among other stations showing the game live, with their own hosts and pre-game and halftime shows. In addition, Britain’s Sky Sports will pick up ABC’s stateside broadcast.
Following is a sampling of where and when to go for on-base parties on Sunday:
BelgiumBrussels: 3 Star Lounge, 7 p.m.
Chiévres: Prime Time Lounge, Daumerie Kaserne, 9 p.m.
SHAPE: Shape Club, midnight
GermanyBamberg: Moonlight Cabin, 9 p.m.
Baumholder area: BOSS Shindig, Daener Kaserne, 8 pm.; Rudy’s Bar & Grill, Strassburg Kaserne (Idar-Oberstein), 11 p.m.
Darmstadt: The Escape Club, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Friedberg: Friedberg Fitness Center (Family Super Bowl slumber party), 9 p.m.
Garmisch: Dolomiti’s Bar & Restaurant, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 9 p.m.; Zuggy’s Base Camp, Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, 10 p.m.
Giessen: BOSS party, Activity Center, 10 p.m.; Iron Side Lanes & Outback Lounge, 9 p.m.; Spare Times Lanes & Lounge, Ray Barracks, 9 p.m.
Hanau: Five Pfennig Playhouse, 10 p.m.
Heidelberg: Recovery Room, 7 p.m.; Slapshots, 7 p.m.; T.G.I Friday’s, 10:30 p.m.
Hohenfels: The Zone, 9 p.m.
Kaiserslautern area: Armstrong’s, 6 p.m.; KCAC/Boss, 7 p.m.; Landstuhl Club, 8 p.m.; Oasis, 6 p.m.
Mannheim: Top Hat Club, Benjamin Franklin Village, 9 p.m.
Schweinfurt: Conn Barracks, Finney Sports and Leisure Center, 8 p.m.; Kessler Bowling Center, 8 p.m.
Spangdahlem: Club Eifel, 10 p.m.; The Brick House, 10 p.m.; The Eifel Lanes, 10 p.m.
Stuttgart: Kelley Community Club, Kelley Barracks, 10 p.m.; Galaxy Bowling Center, Panzer Kaserne, 8 p.m.
Vilseck: Vilseck VFW club, 9 p.m.
Wiesbaden area: Rheinblick Golf Course, 7:30 p.m.; Victory Point Bar, 10 p.m.
Würzburg: Cantigny Club, Leighton Barracks, 6:30 p.m.
GreeceSouda Bay: End Zone, 10 p.m.
ItalyAviano: La Bella Vista Club, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.; The Refuge, 6 p.m.
Gaeta: Gaeta Community Center theater, 11:30 p.m.
Naples: Reel Time Theater at Capodichino, 10 p.m.
Sigonella: Jox Sports Bar, 8 p.m.
Vicenza: Club Veneto 8 p.m. to 4 a.m.
NetherlandsSchinnen: Memories Lane Lounge, 10 p.m.
SpainRota: Champion club, 9 p.m.
TurkeyIncirlik: Club Complex, 10 p.m.
United KingdomRAF Alconbury: Consolidated Club, 7:30 p.m.
RAF Fairford: Community Center Ballroom, 9 p.m.
RAF Lakenheath: 48th Avenue, 9 p.m.; Café Decurro, 10 p.m.; Liberty Club, 9 p.m.
RAF Menwith Hill: Community Club, 8 p.m.
RAF Mildenhall: Galaxy Club Sports Lounge, 7 p.m.
List of Super Bowl parties compiled by Helena Myers-Wright.