Followers searching for pregame leisure earlier than the Tremendous Bowl could have an alternative choice this yr.
Shaquille O’Neal shall be holding the digital SHAQ Bowl on Feb. 7. It’s one of many few occasions happening in Tampa, Florida, since many events that historically happen throughout Tremendous Bowl week have been cancelled this yr as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
The SHAQ Bowl takes the place of Shaq’s Enjoyable Home, which had been held the previous two years in Atlanta and Miami.
The three-hour particular begins at 3 p.m. ET and shall be accessible on Fb and SHAQBowl.com. It is going to even be on LiveXLive throughout 20-plus platforms together with YouTube, Twitch, TikTok and Twitter.
“I’ve been watching soccer for a very long time and the pregame stuff has all the time been boring. So we’re going to alter it, particularly with everybody at dwelling this yr,” O’Neal mentioned. “We’re going do one thing that’s enjoyable and entertaining.”
The present shall be hosted by Terrell Owens and Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson. It is going to function stars reminiscent of Dallas Cowboys operating again Ezekiel Elliott, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, actor Anthony Anderson, musicians Nelly, Quavo and Diplo, and WWE superstars Drew McIntyre and The Miz competing in several occasions. A number of the occasions embody a sports activities impediment course, dodgeball, tug-of-war and a dance problem.
The SHAQ Bowl additionally has its personal halftime present with Migos and DJ Diesel performing.
The present will happen from a custom-built studio in Tampa, which is about an hour from O’Neal’s dwelling in Orlando. No followers shall be allowed and all contributors will endure COVID-19 testing.
“Everybody will are available in and be examined by an expert employees. We’ll maintain everyone socially distant and secure,” O’Neal mentioned.
O’Neal mentioned he reached out to Kobe Bryant’s dad and mom and sister on Wednesday, which was the primary anniversary since Bryant and his daughter Gianna had been amongst 9 individuals killed in a helicopter crash.
“It was very powerful. However once I awakened, I used to be extra involved about his dad and mom,” he mentioned. “Lots of people are feeling the results of what occurred however no one’s feeling the identical results as Vanessa and the women and his mother and pa and his sister.”
Joe Reedy, The Related Press