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Super Bowl 2017: UK Kick Off Time, Date And Everything Else You Need To Know

Everything you need to know about the 51st annual Super Bowl.

01/02/2017 13:06 GMT | Updated 03/02/2017 11:36 GMT

It’s that time of year again - the 51st Super Bowl is almost upon us. Super Bowl LI (they’ve gone back to Roman numerals after last year’s big 50) will kick off on Sunday 5 February. 

The championship final in the NFL is one of the sporting events of the year and here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on watching from the UK.  

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Super Bowl LI is coming in Houston... and a TV screen near you.

Who is playing?

The Atlanta Falcons, who beat the Green Bay Packers to qualify for their first Super Bowl since losing to Denver 18 years ago, and the New England Patriots will be competing for the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Where is the Super Bowl?

The action will unfold at the 71,795 capacity NRG Stadium – the home of the Houston Texans – in Houston, Texas. It’s the third time the city will host the event and the second time it has taken place at this stadium. 

What time does the Super Bowl start?

The fun begins at 6.30pm ET, which is 11.30pm GMT on Sunday 5 February. It will probably wrap up by 3.30am, so you might want to book the Monday off. 

Where can I watch the game? 

The BBC will broadcast the game from 11pm to 3.30am on Radio 5 Live. BBC One coverage starts at 11.20pm, finishing at 4am. The channel will begin running preview material from Friday 3 February. 

Sky Sports’ live coverage of the event begins at 10pm on Sunday 5 February on Sky Sports 1HD and Sky Sports 3 HD. You can still watch the game even if you aren’t a subscriber by buying a Sky Sports Day Pass for £6.99. 

All times are in GMT. 

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Lady Gaga will be performing during the half-time show 

Who will be performing at the Super Bowl Half-Time Show?

Lady Gaga, who performed the national anthem at last year’s Super Bowl, has confirmed she will be the main performer during the half-time show.

Earlier this month, the NFL denied claims the singer had been ordered not to talk about politics during the show.

There had been rumours Lady Gaga, an ardent Hillary Clinton supporter and vocal opponent to Donald Trump had been told to stay silent on all matters political.

In recent years, the headlining act has brought out special guests, with Coldplay introducing Beyoncé and Bruno Mars, Katy Perry bringing out Missy Elliott and Madonna welcoming a host of stars including LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, Cee-Lo Green and M.I.A. to the stage.

Odds on winners

The New England Patriots are currently the favourites to win. Compare NFL betting and Super Bowl odds at JustBookies.com