Hollywood Stars and Athletes Mingle and Play at DIRECTV Beach Bowl

The saying goes Hollywood Stars want to be athletes, athletes want to go Hollywood, and they all want to be Rock Stars.  Well, during Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans, they all got the chance to play together at the Beach Bowl.  DIRECTV’s seventh annual Celebrity Beach Bowl featured famous celebrities, star athletes, and culminated with a performance by International Music Superstar Pitbull.  Continue reading for photos and recap of the event that included Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Hutcherson, Maria Menounos, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Deion Sanders, Michael Strahan, and more.  Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

DIRECTV'S Seventh Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl

Deion Sanders plays at the Beach Bowl at Mardi Gras World on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images

A rich gumbo of celebrities and star athletes gathered together in New Orleans, home of Super Bowl XLVII, to compete in the Seventh Annual DIRECTV Celebrity Beach Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 2.  The game play took place in DTV SuperFan Stadium (at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World) on the world’s largest indoor beach comprised of more than a million pounds of freshly poured sand.

DIRECTV'S Seventh Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl

TV personality Maria Menounos at the Beach Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 2, 2013. Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images

 

The DIRECTV Celebrity Beach Bowl, was free and open to the public, and one of the must-attend events of Super Bowl weekend attracting thousands of spectators who witnessed Hollywood stars compete against former NFL greats in a wild flag football game where anything can happen.

DIRECTV'S Seventh Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl

Rapper Snoop Dogg at Beach Bowl on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

 

Celebrities and athletes at the game included rapper Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Katharine McPhee (SMASH), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Lil Wayne (rapper), Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Maria Menounos (host of EXTRA and New York Times bestselling author of “The EveryGirls Guide to Life”), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Scott Porter (Hart of Dixie), Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models Chrissy Teigen and Hannah Davis, Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie), Kevin Frazier (omg! Insider anchor), Rocsi Diaz (Entertainment Tonight), Ian Somerhalder (Vampire Diaries), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Olympian Lolo Jones, Leah Gibson (ROGUE), Joshua Sasse (ROGUE), comedian Artie Lange (The Artie Lange Show), Alicia Quarles (E! News), NFL Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Warren Moon, former NY Giants Jesse Palmer and Amani Toomer, Heisman Trophy-winner and NFL great Eddie George.

DIRECTV'S Seventh Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl

Actor Neil Patrick Harris at Beach Bowl on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

 

Dan Patrick and former New York Giant Michael Strahan hosted the pre-game show, then, celebrities and athletes took to the field.  The matchup, played over four 10-minute quarters, was called by Patrick and Daryl “Moose” Johnston, entertainment reporter Erin Andrews and sideline reporter Tony Siragusa.

DIRECTV'S Seventh Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl

Terrell Owens and Lolo Jones at Beach Bowl on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

DIRECTV'S Seventh Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl

Blue Team Coach Michael Strahan (C) celebrates his team's win at Beach Bowl on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

 

Immediately following the game and trophy presentation, fans filled the beach for a concert by international superstar Pitbull.

DIRECTV'S Seventh Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl

PitBull performs at Beach Bowl on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images

 

Sounds like it was a fun event, and one I’d like to check out if I ever attend a Super Bowl.  How about you?  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.