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The 2018 Players Tailgate at Super Bowl 52

The 2017 Super Bowl Players Tailgate was rated as the #1 gameday experience in Houston. Sold out 3 years running.


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

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2018 Players Attending:

With 5 Super Bowl Champions, a combined 55 NFL Pro Bowl selections, 31 All-Pro awards, and 8 first-round NFL Draft selections the 2018 Players Tailgate offers VIP guests a chance to hang out with some of the biggest names currently playing pro football.

Super Bowl Tailgate Party Details

Get ready for the ultimate Super Bowl Party experience in Minneapolis! 

The Food:

Celebrity Chef for for 2016 & 2017 Super Bowl Players Tailgate

Guy Fieri – Celebrity Chef for the 2016 & 2017 Players Tailgate

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 third Players Tailgate (2016, 2017 and upcoming 2018) 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 & will be again for 2018 Super Bowl Players Tailgate

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

2018 Chef Aaron May is 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 4 years.

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.

Chef Akria Back – 2018

2018 Chef Akira Back was just awarded the 2018 Michelin Star recipient.

The Michelin Star is the highest honor a chef can earn for a restaurant. The Michelin star is the most coveted award a chef can achieve and we are honored to have his greatness at the Players Tailgate

Chef Akira Back appears on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,”, NBC’s “The Today Show,” Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” The Cooking Channel’s “United Tastes of America,”. Chef Akira Back is Executive Chef and Partner of the prestigious Hakkasan Group. Akira Back restaurants include Kumi Japanese Restaurant +Bar by Akira Back at Mandalay Bay and the famed Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Chef Akira Back opened his namesake brand, Akira Back Restaurants in Singapore, New Delhi and Jakarta with additional locations opening in Toronto, Dubai and Bangkok, as well as DOSA in Seoul Korea.

Chef Akira Back has been awarded the title of “Rising Star” by Restaurant Hospitality (2008) and has had the distinct honor of hosting the prestigious James Beard House dinners (2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012, 2013 & 2014). Since opening Yellowtail Restaurant & Lounge in 2008, Chef Back has been named “Best Chef in Las Vegas” by Las Vegas Weekly. Chef Back has also participated in some of the culinary world’s most prestigious events, including Aspen Food & Wine Festival, Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival and Bon Appetit’s Vegas Uncork’d amongst others

2018 Chef Brian Malarkey

2018 Chef Brian Malarkey is a judge on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games, makes regular appearances on the Today Show, and was a Top Chef finalist and a winning mentor on ABC’s The Taste.

Chef Brian Malarkey has created more than a dozen wildly successful restaurants across the United States including Herb & Wood, his newest concept in San Diego’s buzzing gastronomic neighborhood of Little Italy, which Zagat named one of 2016’s biggest restaurant openings and has been named “the most thoughtful, exquisitely executed, stylish restaurant of the year.” Malarkey’s other restaurants, under the management of prestigious Hakkasan Group that include Searsucker (San Diego, Del Mar, Austin, Las Vegas) and Herringbone (La Jolla, Santa Monica, Las Vegas). He is also the partner/operator of three healthy, fast-service restaurants in San Diego named Green Acre, and Farmer & The Seahorse and chef/partner of Herb & Eatery, a market and cafe, connected to Herb & Wood.

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The Menu:

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

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.

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The Venue:

2018 Players Tailgate venue for Super Bowl 52

The 2018 venue for The Players Tailgate at Super Bowl 512 is THE prime location for the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. Located 1 block from the security entrance for Super Bowl and US Bank Stadium. While being located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis is fantastic, what makes our location the best of the best is its proximity to the stadium and security entrance. The Players Tailgate is located outside the security perimeter so you do NOT need a Super Bowl Ticket to attend.

Even better, our venue will be a 30,000 square foot pavilion with a massive heating system, sub floor and will be 72 degrees!

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2018 Players Tailgate Host & Emcee:

Charissa Thompson, Fox NFL Kickoff

The 2018 Host is something we take great pride in selecting. When you have had Michael Strahan, Erin Andrews, Lindsey Czarniak and Jaymee Sire as your previous hosts; these are big shoes to fill. Each year we take our time, to find an Emcee that is on top of their game and one we feel our Players Tailgate guests will respond to. This year’s 2018 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.

2018 Players Tailgate DJ:

DJ Irie

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 2018 Players Tailgate at Super Bowl LII, DJ Irie will be providing his world-class entertainment to help set the stage for the biggest and best pre-game tailgate in Minneapolis before Super Bowl 52.

Previous Players Tailgate Hosts & Emcees

Jaymee Sire – 2017 Host & Emcee




erin-andrews Erin Andrews – 2016 Host & Emcee

lindsey-czarniak Lindsey Czarniak – 2013 & 2015 Emcee

marcus-samuellson Marcus Samuellson – 2014 Host

michael-strahan Michael Strahan – 2014 Emcee

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C.J. Anderson – RB

A Super Bowl 50 champion and 2014 Pro Bowl selection, running back C.J. Anderson has been a staple of the Denver Broncos backfield. Averaging over four yards per carry, Anderson finished the 2017 season with 1,007 yards and three touchdowns.

Jalen Ramsey – CB

Drafted 5th overall in the 2016 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, 2017 Pro Bowl selection. Was an All-American CB at Florida State.

Michael Thomas – WR

A second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas had a breakout season in 2017, finishing the year with 1,245 yards receiving, five touchdowns and a 2017 Pro Bowl selection.

Dak Prescott – QB

The 2016-17 NFL Rookie of the Year and a 2016 Pro Bowl Selection, quarterback Dak Prescott led the Dallas Cowboys to an NFL-best 13-3 record. Prescott was awarded the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week five times in the 2016 season.

Landon Collins – S

Pro Bowl Safety and First-team All Pro. First round draft by the Giants after being a unanimous All-American at Alabama. The only player in NFL history to have 100 solo tackles, 2+ sacks, 5+ ints, and 12+ pass deflections.

Patrick Peterson – DB

Arizona Cardinals lockdown corner Patrick Peterson is a seven-time Pro Bowl and three-time All-Pro selection, as well as the recipient of the Chuck Bednarik and Jim Thorpe awards in 2010 at LSU.

Jarvis Landry – WR

Two-time Pro Bowl receiver for the Miami Dolphins, Landry holds the record for most receptions in a player’s first two seasons (194). Landry finished the 2016 season with 1,136 yards and four touchdowns.

Cameron Jordan – DE

A two-time Pro Bowl selection and first round draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, Jordan returns for his third Players Tailgate at the Super Bowl.

Travis Kelce – TE

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Travis Kelce has risen from a 3rd round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, to one of the most dominant tight ends in the NFL. Kelce recorded 1,038 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in 2018.

Allen Robinson Jr. – WR

Pro-bowler and two-time first team Big Ten all-American at Penn State. Led NFL in touchdown receptions in 2015, a Jaguars franchise record.

Harrison Smith – S

Harrison Smith is a three-time Pro Bowl safety for the Minnesota Vikings and a first-round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Smith recorded 61 total tackles and five interceptions in 2017.

Kareem Hunt – RB

One of the most electrifying rookies in the 2017 NFL season, Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt was elected to his first Pro Bowl. The rookie Hunt led the NFL in rushing yards in his first year, recording 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.

Derrick Brooks – LB

A Super Bowl XXXVII champion and 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, linebacker Derrick Brooks also recorded 11 Pro Bowl selections, NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2002 and over 1,715 tackles in his 13-year career.

Linval Joseph – DT

A Super Bowl XLVI champion with the New York Giants and a two-time Pro Bowl selection, Linval Joseph recorded 39 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2017, helping the Minnesota Vikings win the NFC North.

Daunte Culpepper – QB

An icon with the Minnesota Vikings from 1999-2005, quarterback Daunte Culpepper was a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro selection in his career. Culpepper led the NFL in passing yards in 2004, and finished his career with 24,153 yards and 149 touchdowns.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

A first-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in 2014, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has been a staple of the Packers defense for years. A Pro Bowler in 2016, Clinton-Dix was also a two-time BCS National Champion at the University of Alabama.

Eric Kendricks – LB

Second-round draft pick by Minnesota Vikings in 2015 NFL Draft, named to PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2015. NFC Defensive POTW in Week 1 of 2016 NFL Season.

Tyler Lockett – WR

Tyler Lockett is a three-time All-Pro receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. In 2016 as a rookie, he was named 1st team All Pro and a member of the Pro  Football Writers Association NFL All-Rookie Team at three different positions.

Tyreek Hill – WR/KR

A two-time Pro Bowl selection for the Kansas City Chiefs, Tyreek Hill was an electric receiver and one of the most dynamic kick returners in the NFL in the last couple of seasons. Hill recorded over 1,100 yards receiving and seven touchdowns in the 2017 NFL season, as well as a punt return for a touchdown.

Aeneas Williams – DB

An eight-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro, defensive back Aeneas Williams played for both the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams in his career from 1991-2004. Willliams’ #35 is also retired in the Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor.

“Booger” McFarland – DT

A two-time Super Bowl champion in Super Bowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Super Bowl XLI with the Indianapolis Colts, Anthony “Booger” McFarland finished his career with 170 tackles, 22.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

Jaylon Smith – RB

A consensus All-American linebacker at Notre Damn and Dick Butkus Award winner in 2015, linebacker Jaylon Smith was a force in the backfield for the Dallas Cowboys, recording 81 tackles in 16 games started in 2017.

Robert Woods – WR

Traded from Buffalo to the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, wide receiver Robert Woods was a second round pick in 2013 out of USC. Woods’ 2017 NFL campaign finished with 781 yards and five touchdowns on 56 catches.

Brandon Williams – DT

Third-round draft pick in 2013 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, recorded 156 tackles and 4.5 sacks in first four years in the league.

Andrew Sendejo – S

An undrafted free agent in 2010, Minnesota Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo started in 13 games for the team in 2017, recording 52 tackles and two interceptions.

Tyler Boyd – WR

Second-round pick out of University of Pittsburgh in 2016 NFL Draft, 54 receptions for 603 yards and one touchdown in rookie season. Totaled 3,308 yards and 21 receiving touchdowns throughout his college career at Pitt.

Kenyan Drake – RB

A third-round draft pick in 2016 by the Miami Dolphins, running back Kenyan Drake assumed the starting role halfway through the 2017 NFL season, recording 823 rushing yards and five touchdowns for the Dolphins.

Jayron Kearse – S

A safety for the Minnesota Vikings, Jayron Kearse recorded 19 tackles in the 2017 NFL season, helping the Vikings secure the NFC North.

Dede Westbrook – WR

A fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Westbrook recorded 339 yards and one touchdown receiving in 2017, as well as one reception for 29 yards in the 2017 AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots.

Duke Riley – LB

A linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons, Duke Riley was a third-round draft pick out of LSU in the 2017 NFL Draft.

MarQueis Gray

Tight end MarQueis Gray, an undrafted free agent in 2013 out of the University of Minnesota, spent the 2017 season with the Miami Dolphins.

Kyle Emanuel – LB