Super Bowl LII: The Scene From Minneapolis (Updating)



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TheWrap’s Party Report will be updating throughout the weekend.
Hollywood stars and NFL icons unite this weekend at the countless parties and A-list events leading up to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Even the temperatures dropping below freezing and snow lining the streets couldn’t slow down the Super Bowl party train, as thousands of fans and a horde of stars invaded Minneapolis.
Those brave enough to take on the “Bold North” as the city proudly dubs itself were not disappointed, especially when it meant a preview of Justin Timberlake’s new album, “Man of the Woods.”
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The private, extremely VIP event was held at Prince’s Paisley Park estate, which features a museum dedicated to the late pop icon. Unfortunately, guests couldn’t Instagram snaps of their favorite Prince memorabilia, as all cellphones were checked at the door in case the album footage was leaked online.
The strict security was well worth it when JT himself came out on stage to introduce his latest work of musical art at the American Express x Justin Timberlake “Man of the Woods” Listening Experience.
Along with seeing the Super Bowl LII halftime performer in person, guests also got to enjoy a fully immersive listening experience that served as a complementary layer to the full-length LP. The full-sensory experience also included a curated vegan menu, vinyl making station, silk-screen t-shirt printing and even a make-your-own scent station.
The crowd itself was like a who’s who in sports, with Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett spotted chatting with NFL great Emmitt Smith and current TE Jason Witten; Kurt Warner was the life of the party, while Russell Wilson enjoyed a performer on par with his wife/date, Ciara. The Wrap got some fantasy football tips from ESPN’s Matthew Berry, and learned wrestling moves from WWE Superstar Mojo Rawley.
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While he’s broken the hearts of Patriots fans in two Super Bowls, Eli Manning was making their dreams come true on Friday when one lucky couple won the opportunity to sleep inside U.S. Bank Stadium thanks to the Courtyard Super Bowl Sleepover competition. When asked if he’d ever slept in a stadium — accidentally or deliberately — the QB admitted he hadn’t, and he’d be pretty scared to do so! He did assure New Yorkers that he plans “to be playing for the Giants next season,” despite reaching coaching upheaval with the team.
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It was actually Eli’s big brother, Peyton Manning, who told die-hard Denver Broncos fan Courey Marshall that he was the lucky winner of a night in the field-level stadium suite and two Super Bowl tickets. Courey said he considered bringing his cat as his +1 but wisely opted for his wife instead. Those not lucky enough to win got to experience the Courtyard 4D VR Dome located inside Mall of America, letting you get a glimpse of what it’s like to be playing in the big game itself.

Thursday afternoon, guests got an insight into Tom Brady’s life off the field with a special screening of the Facebook Watch docu-series, “Tom vs. Time.” Director Gotham Chopra and Facebook’s Global Director of Sports Partnerships Dan Reed spoke to an enthralled audience at The Cowles Center, with even injured Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman making a special appearance on the panel to talk about his QB and mentor. Or, as Edels likes to put it, his “big brother.”

Later that night, Tiki Barber and Drew Rosenhaus hosted the  Thuzio | Rosenhaus Party at Exchange and Alibi Lounge downtown.
Countless clients and friends of the uber sports agent and former NFL star gathered to kick off the weekend and bid for autographed sports memorabilia. While Rob Gronkowski was resting up for game day, his entire family took over one table. Also spotted were De’Vondre Campbell, Tyreek Hill, Brandon McManus, Jonathan Ogden, Matt Stover, David Meltzer, John Brenkus and ESPN’s Matthew Berry.
One of the hottest parties on a cold Friday night was the Rolling Stone Live: Minneapolis (presented by Mercedes-Benz and TIDAL) as MIGOS, 21 Savage, T-pain and DJ Cassidy all took to the stage at the International Market Square.
The multi-level venue offered up countless “front row” viewing spots, which also meant that discreet celebrities couldn’t hide away from prying eyes. Baltimore Ravens veteran and ESPN analyst Ray Lewis caused a stir when he walked through the crowded dance floor, while Patriots wide receiver Edelman made the most of his night off by hanging out with Bostonian Olympian, Aly Raisman.

What a way to start the week! Issa Rae, Justin Timberlake, Ciara and Russell Wilson hung out at Prince’s Paisley Park for the “American Express + Justin Timberlake Partner for Intimate Album Listening Experience,” as JT  let 500 of his closest friends get a preview of his new music before he plays the Super Bowl LII halftime show. 
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A blue-hued Jenny McCarthy hung out with SiriusXM radio host Gary Dell’Abate and hubby Donnie Wahlberg, who will no doubt be cheering for the Patriots on Sunday. 
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Olympian and Bostonian Aly Raisman hung out with another beloved sports figure in New England, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. Sadly an ACL surgery sidelined Number 11, but at least that meant he could attend the Rolling Stone Live: Minneapolis presented by Mercedes-Benz and TIDAL instead of being on lockdown with the rest of the team.
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 Former Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis,  Adam Thielen and current Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen spoke on a fascinating panel with ESPN’s Mike Greenberg and Sam Ponder, taking guests “Inside the Game: Insider Hall of Fame.” The lunch sponsored by American Airlines and Casper also featured lots of lobster, so everyone was happy!  
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Tiki Barber and Drew Rosenhaus greeted guests with warm hugs for the  Thuzio | Rosenhaus Party at Exchange and Alibi Lounge. Countless clients and friends of the uber sports agent gathered to kick off the weekend and bid for autographed sports memorabilia. While Rob Gronkowski was resting up for game day, his entire family took over one table. Also spotted were De’Vondre Campbell, Tyreek Hill, Brandon McManus, Jonathan Ogden, Matt Stover, David Meltzer, John Brenkus and ESPN’s Matthew Berry. 
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2 Live Crew’s Luke “Luther” Campbell and Rick Ross hosted the first of a packed weekend of TAO events for Pop Up Thursday.
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Fans braved the cold to watch Rae Sremmurd perform at the Verizon Up Stage at Super Bowl Live on Thursday, as the mercury dropped well below zero and Californians learned the real meaning of “wind chill.”
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Cardi B is playing multiple parties this weekend, but on Thursday she played the role of guest with Justine Skye at the Rolling Stone Live: Minneapolis presented by Mercedes-Benz and TIDAL. 
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Jamie Foxx put the Foxx in the “Foxx & Friends Dinner” Friday evening — with Shaquille O’Neal spinning tunes instead of dunking balls — before hitting up the Bootsy Bellows party. 
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JB Smooth bumped into none other than TV physician Dr Oz, proving that you never know who you’ll see at Super Bowl weekend. 
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Hannibal Navies, Kimberly Starks, Duane Starks, Bradie James, guest and Clifton Crosby lounged around at the Thuzio & Rosenhaus Party during Super Bowl weekend at Exchange & Alibi Lounge Friday night.
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New York Giants phenomena to Odell Beckham Jr. was forced to sit out most of the 2017 season with a fractured ankle but he looked back to full health for the Rolling Stone party.
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 Heisman Trophy-turned baseball player winner Tim Tebow was among the countless current and former athletes rocking out at the Rolling Stone party courtesy of Mercedes.
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DirecTV, Maxim, Playboy, Bootsy Bellows, Rolling Stone and Wheels Up are just a few of the A-list hosts dominating the party scene in Minneapolis

What a way to start the week! Issa Rae, Justin Timberlake, Ciara and Russell Wilson hung out at Prince’s Paisley Park for the “American Express + Justin Timberlake Partner for Intimate Album Listening Experience,” as JT  let 500 of his closest friends get a preview of his new music before he plays the Super Bowl LII halftime show. 

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