Stops Include the Boys & Girls Club, Tony Dungy’s “All Pro Dad” Event & a Tailgate in Lions Pride Plaza
New Features on Sunday Night Football Bus Include Behind-the-Scenes Footage, a Replica of the Football Night in America Desk
Detroit Lions Host Denver Broncos on NBC’s Sunday Night Football
STAMFORD, Conn. – September 24, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus continues its tour this week, marking its first-ever trip to the Detroit area, traveling from the Boys & Girls Club this Friday to a tailgate in Lions Pride Plaza this Sunday. This season, visitors on the bus will get a behind-the-scenes look at SNF broadcasts, plus a special video commemorating Sunday Night Football’s 10th season, a replica of the Football Night in America desk, GIF photo booth, life-size “Photo Bomb” wall, and more.
Tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 25, the bus will be open to 700 kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan – Dick & Sandy Campus*, through Comcast NBCUniversal’s longstanding partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and NBC Sports Champions, NBC Sports Group’s corporate social responsibility platform. The bus will then make its way to the “All Pro Dad Lions Family Experience” at the Lions Practice Facility* on Saturday, Sept. 26, before heading to the XFINITY retail store in Plymouth, Mich., open to fans at 4 p.m. ET. The bus will be open to fans beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at the tailgate in Lions Pride Plaza, leading up to kickoff of Sunday Night Football.
In addition, NBC Sports Champions will be presenting two well-deserving Boys & Girls Club members with a behind-the-scenes experience and two tickets to Sunday’s game. Before the game, the kids will meet NBC’s Football Night in America Analyst and Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward, and tour the production trucks to learn how technology runs the broadcast for NBC’s Sunday Night Football broadcast. The winners were chosen due to their interest in technology and engineering, and their dedication to leadership, academics and community service.
The full schedule for this week’s destinations:
|Fri., Sept. 25||4 p.m. – 6 p.m.||Boys & Girls Club* Not open to the public|
|Sat., Sept. 26||11 a.m. – 1 p.m.||“All Pro Dad Lions Family Experience”* Not open to the public|
|Sat., Sept. 26||4 p.m. – 6 p.m.||XFINITY Retail Store, 41592 Ann Arbor Rd E., Plymouth, MI 48170|
|Sun., Sept. 27||3:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.||Lions Pride Plaza, Brush street directly next to Ford Field|
Sunday Night Football, television’s No. 1 primetime show, continues this Sunday, Sept. 27, when Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions host Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos from Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports.
ABOUT THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS
The bus arrives in each 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, memorabilia and a 55-inch monitor housing social media elements.
The inside of the bus brings fans from the field to the studio set, featuring football field decaling on the floor, a welcome reel with the SNF production team looking back on 10 years of SNF, and replica of the Football Night in America studio available for fan photos, complete with a GIF photo booth which takes a series of pictures and compiles them into a sharable GIF. From the life-size NFL players and Carrie Underwood on the outside, to the life-size “Photo Bomb” wall featuring NFL players and wall adorned with Wilson footballs representing each SNF match-up on the inside, fans have numerous opportunities to interact and share memories from the bus.
Following each Sunday night game, the stars of the game will autograph the 2015 “Players of the Game Sunday Night Football,” which is displayed on the bus alongside the football signed by the 2014 SNF players of the game. In addition, key highlights from last season’s SNF are shown on the bus’ TV, and a photo of each 2015 SNF Player of the Game will be added to the SNF schedule display on the outside of the bus each week.
THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS BY THE NUMBERS
- The 45 ft.-long bus is wrapped with images of NFL players, Carrie Underwood and the 2015 SNF schedule (for images, click here).
- The SNF bus will drive more than 25,000 miles across the country through the season, and cross the country at least three times.
- There will be 17 game day stops (for the 2015 SNF schedule, click here).
- The bus will make multiple stops in each local market.
The Sunday Night Football bus also incorporates social media inside and out, with SNF’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts along with the #SNF hashtag displayed on the exterior.
Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus at NBCSports.com/FollowSNF. The site includes an interactive map of where the bus has been, and where it’s traveling next, allowing fans to take a virtual #SNF tour. In addition, fans can also participate in a tweet contest to show their team pride and see who’s leading in Twitter mentions each week.
A dedicated producer collects photos and creates 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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as aggregated on NBCSports.com/FollowSNF using #SNF.
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–