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2019 Players Tailgate Atlanta


The Players Tailgate is rated the #1 event to attend multiple years in a row on Super Bowl Sunday.


You do NOT need a Super Bowl Ticket to get into the Players Tailgate

Guy Fieri is coming to Atlanta – we’re planning something special for you.

About the Tailgate:

Bullseye Event Group’s exclusive Players Tailgate at the Super Bowl has earned the reputation as the best Super Bowl pre-game experience, where over 30 active NFL players, celebrities and guests eat, drink and get entertained before the big game. Described as a culinary experience in itself, The Players Tailgate features open premium bars and all-you-can-eat dining with gourmet dishes. America’s most recognizable celebrity chef, Guy Fieri, returns as host for the 2019 Players Tailgate, helping prepare the food with the top caterer in the United States, Aaron May. Operation BBQ Relief responds to natural disasters and other situations to help feed displaced residents and emergency personnel. The Players Tailgate is proud to partner with Operation BBQ Relief in preparing our food and bring much needed awareness to what Operation BBQ Relief does for our Country in a time of need. As the charity of our choice a portion of the proceeds will help fund Operation BBQ Relief and families when disasters hit. Here’s a quick look at last year’s Players Tailgate in Minneapolis.

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The Venue:

The 2019 venue for The Players Tailgate at Super Bowl 53 as always will be the prime location for the Super Bowl in Atlanta. The Location will be within 3 blocks from the security entrance for Super Bowl as it has been for the last 5 years. You will NOT need a Super Bowl Ticket to attend and all ages are welcome. The venue is a 60,000 square foot indoor/outdoor hospitality pavilion lined with private tables and an abundance of soft white leather furniture where guests can watch ESPN’s pre- game coverage on large LED monitors. It is an amazing all-ages experience for football fans young and old to come mingle with NFL Super stars and Celebrities and eat AMAZING food! When it’s Super Bowl Sunday there isn’t a better option than The Players Tailgate.

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The Chefs:

Guy Fieri: Host & Celebrity Chef for the 2016, 2017, 2018 & the upcoming 2019 Players Tailgate Atlanta

Guy Fieri, the most recognizable Chef in America, returns to bring his signature recipes and style as the headliner to an exclusive all-you-can-eat menu for The Players Tailgate attendees again in Minneapolis for the 2018 Super Bowl. This is Guy’s fourth Players Tailgate serving as our host and Chef (2016, 2017, 2018 and upcoming 2019) and each time he has upped the menu! Guy Fieri can be seen on television almost every day on the Food Network. His shows include Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy’s Big Bite, Guy Off the Hook, Dinner: Impossible, Guy’s Grocery Games, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, The Next Food Network Star, Ultimate Recipe Showdown, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and Minute to Win It, just to name a few.

Aaron May: Celebrity Chef for 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 Players Tailgate at the Super Bowl

2019 Chef Aaron May a top chef in America can prepare an incredible meal for 2 to 200 people, in order to considered one of the best caterers in America you need to be able to create a meal for 2200 and have it as good as that meal for 2 to 200. That is why Aaron May is considered the BEST caterer in the US. Aaron has been part of The Players Tailgate for the last 5 years. Chef Aaron May has ownership in Bullseye Catering Group where he makes his awesomeness available to you. Chef May is classically trained in Paris at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier and is inducted into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame in 2010 as a “Chef Extraordinaire.” He has been featured on Food Network’s wildly popular Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and TLC’s Best Food Ever. His fiercely loyal fan base has recognized him with many local awards, including “Best Tapas” and “Best Speakeasy,” and he has also garnered attention from national publications such as Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, Sunset Magazine and USA Today. A quick mind and a low threshold for boredom, which goes a long way toward explaining the restaurant empire he’s building. Given his passion for food and irrepressible creativity, is why he is considered one of the top caterers in America.

PREVIOUS CHEFS:

SBLII in Minneapolis – Chef Akira Back
SBLII in Minneapolis – Chef Brian Malarkey
SBLI in Houston – Chef Eddie Jackson
SBLI in Houston – Chef Douglas Rodriguez
SB50 in San Francisco – Chef G Garvin
SB50 in San Francisco/SBXLIX in Phoenix – Chef Beau MacMillan
SBXLVIII in New York – Chef Marcus Samuelsson
SBXLVII in New Orleans – Chef John Besh

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2019 Players Tailgate Emcee:

Charissa Thompson

We take great pride in selecting the Tailgate Host for each Super Bowl. When you have had Michael Strahan, Erin Andrews, Lindsey Czarniak and Jaymee Sire as your previous hosts, you have big shoes to fill. Historically we take our time to find an emcee who is on top of their game and one we feel our Players Tailgate guests enjoy. When amazing happens we recognize it. Charissa Thompson absolutely knocked it out of the park in Minneapolis so we had to have her back. 2019 selection is Charissa Thompson. Charissa Thompson has been seen on and off the field. Charissa Thompson served as the permanent co-host for the Hollywood news magazine, Extra with Mario Lopez and is now the current host of FOX NFL KICKOFF and Sunday FOX NFL pregame show. Charissa has worked countless high-profile events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Super Bowl XLV and the BCS National Championship. Previous work includes hosting ESPN’s Numbers Never Lie and ESPN’s SportsNation before becoming the face of FOX SPORTS LIVE. Thompson serves as FOX NFL KICKOFF’s versatile ringmaster – conducting interviews, leading segments and deftly moderating discussions and is the Sunday game-break anchor for the NFL on FOX.

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2019 Players Tailgate DJ:

Official DJ of the Players Tailgate

As the first professional sports franchise DJ in the United States, DJ Irie is the official DJ of some of the most iconic brands in the world, such as Carnival Cruise Lines, the Miami Heat, Target, Mountain Dew Kickstart, Evian, Jamie Foxx and more, making himself one of the most established DJ’s in the industry. At the 2017 Players Tailgate at Super Bowl LI, DJ Irie provided his world-class entertainment to help set the stage for the biggest and best pre-game tailgate in Houston before Super Bowl LI. In 2018 DJ Irie was donned “The Official DJ” of the Players Tailgate, 2019 will be his 3rd year for DJ Irie setting the vibe for this iconic event.

2019 Players Tailgate Menu released November 1st

The all-you-can-eat menu for the 2018 Minneapolis Players Tailgate included:

Award-Winning BBQ

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri, in conjunction with 2017 CNN Hero Finalist Operation BBQ Relief, will get together to create an incredible BBQ spread, including whole hogs, brisket, prize-winning turkey, all with Guy Fieri’s famous rubs and sauces, slow-smoked by the award winning pit masters at Operation BBQ Relief.

Korean Fried Chicken

Korean fried chicken served with kimchi Korean BBQ and herbs, served on steamed buns, curated and served up by Top Chef finalist and ABC’s The Taste winning mentor Brian Malarkey.

Jet Fresh Poke, Sashimi and Sushi

A delicious array of fresh-flown in poke, gourmet sashimi and sushi, created by 2018 Michelin Star award winner chef Akira Back, who can be seen on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, NBC’s The Today Show, and Cooking Channel’s United Tastes.

Prime Time Prime Rib Sandwiches

Delicious prime rib sandwiches, garnished with truffle and gruyere on fresh baked rolls, served up by the best caterer in America, Food Network’s celebrity chef Aaron May.

LoLo’s Raw Bar

Served up by chef Raymond Mohan of LoLo’s Seafood Shack in NYC, enjoy fresh caviar, crab legs, oysters, shrimp and lobster.

Frank’s RedHot® Bullseye Brunch Bar

New at the 2018 Players Tailgate is the incredible Frank’s RedHot Bullseye Brunch Bar, with delicious Frank’s RedHot bloody Mary’s, Sweet Chili chicken and waffles, bacon and egg sandwiches, and breakfast tater tots served with a special blend of Frank’s RedHot and French’s® Tomato Ketchup.

Flavortown Finale

And after all that, head over to the Flavortown Finale dessert station to dive into fresh, hot doughnuts, complete with Minnesota’s biggest hot chocolate bar and plenty of assorted desserts.

Premium Bar:

Players Tailgate guests will be able to choose from the premium beer, wine and spirits options.

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