Time for the big game so that likely means heading to a
bar somewhere. Or if you have Digital Plus you can check
out the game live with some poor commentary in Spanish.
And you may not know it, but Seville is rated the best foreign
city to watch the big event, with hundreds of thousands
of people tuned in and pre-game events all weekend. Everyone
picks a favorite team and dresses in team colors all week...oh,
wait, that is the Betis - Sevilla rivalry, the other kind
Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints
Kickoff: coverage starts at midnight, kick
off around 12:30am "Spain time"
Official website: Superbowl.com
If you happen to subscribe to some type of pay television
then hope it's Digital Plus, who brings you Canal
Plus. (Auna, or Supercable, does not carry Canal
Plus and thus you are out of luck). Canal Plus has been
carrying the Superbowl for many, many years. And they have
very poor commentating, but in the last years have finally added the second audio track so you can hear the commentary in English! For
satellite subscribers it's on channel 1, and then 30 minutes
delayed on channel 3 (Canal Plus 30). If you don't like the idea of staying up until 4:30am, then the following day you can catch the game on Canal Plus Deportes at 13:15 and then Sportmania at 18:00. The good news about
Canal Plus televising the game instead of one of the sports
channels is for those who are in hotel rooms all over Seville
and Spain. You can likely watch the game in your own room
(provided your hotel has some kind of satellite television).
Some will take reservations, although many are have little
space left. Plan for a very crowded scene and if haven't
reserved then get there early - at least an hour - so you
can get a good view of the game.
Texas Lone Star Saloon
Right in the center on a side street next to the Cathedral.
Reserved seating and no big screen television. But several
televisions throughout the front and back of the bar. Plus
there is food, plenty of drink and popcorn to go with it.
This was the first place you could catch the Superbowl in
Sevilla and there is a good sports atmosphere. This is the
only place in Seville which really respects American sports
- they cover other events such as college basketball. This
will likely become so crowded that you can hardly walk,
so arrive early!
Right in the center next to the Cathedral. Always televising
the major sports events on a big screen television in the
back portion of the bar (unless it's NCAA basketball, which
they don't consider a major event - they'll learn one day).
Flaherty's was offering 1 Euro tequila shots at halftime
last year so you could forget everything you watched afterwards.
Plus some promotional Corona merchandise with every beer
you order. We'll see what they do this year...
Merchant's Malt House
c/ Canalejas, 12
Close to Plaza de Armas in the center. A big screen tv plus
smaller televisions both upstairs and downstairs. Dark
red interior, plenty of wood furnishings with lot's of old
advertising signs for beer and liquor, the standard stuff
for these places. Upstairs offers a second bar with some
comfortable couches and a fireplace. At least 10 different
bottled beers as well as 3 on tap. Video trivia contests
in English and other activities as well.
O'Neill's Irish Pub
In Viapol O'Neill's Pub is always catering to foreign students
and Americans from all over Seville. They have a lot of
space and a very large screen projection television where
you can catch the game. Very nice place and more or less
genuine atmosphere. Three bars, one at the front, just behind
it and an even larger one downstairs - give you plenty of
places to choose from.
When in doubt try an Irish Pub! They always seem to have
something going for larger sporting events, even if it's
Ok, so I don't know what to call this section. Just some interesting
facts about the coverage and other things unique to taking
in this game in Spain.
You miss all of those new, highly anticipated superbowl commercials.
This is good news, right? They rarely even break from the
coverage on the field, which is a nice change from their agonizing
3 to 4 minute studio commentaries during the regular season,
as the two fellows covering the game struggle to read stats
from their laptops or find something interesting to talk about.
But again, you have to like the constant on field coverage
if you are a fan. Back to commercials: seems everyone has
heard about in Spain is a marble and granite countertop company
from Almeria which has purchased a 30 second $4 million spot.
Unfortunately we don't get to see it on TV. Then again, I
am complaining about not seeing a commercial.
These two guys are getting better, I think. Still they often
make mistakes in their initial interpretations of the rules.
Unfortunately the second audio track is also out of commission
which means you have no choice of hearing the original commentary.
One of these fellows (I don't know who) has an annoying habit
of screaming something on every big play which sounds like
"Fumble". So it's a big run, or is it a... "Fumble"!
Did someone make a spectacular catch or did they ..."Fumble!".
At least he keeps your attention on the game. For the announcers
I should pay more attention to their names, but really try
to tune them out. The two guys who cover NFL for Canal Plus
are fairly knowledgeable, but by seasons end it's clear they
do not like each other. We watched during one game where it
got worse and worse, until at the end of the coverage of one
game one of them walked off the set before they cut away.
Anyway, they'll be happy for the Superbowl, but watching them
during the season is always interesting.
If you don't have Tivo or a DVR in the states then you are
like most people who are stuck watching the game in real time,
with no way to go back and see any play. The advantage of
Canal Plus covering the game is it's later counter part Canal
Plus 30. This channel shows the same programming as the first,
just 30 minutes later. So if you fall asleep for a little
while (normal when you are watching the game around midnight)
you can catch up on the other channel. The game will also be reboradcast the following day: Canal Plus Deportes at 13:15 and then Sportmania at 18:00.