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Houston lights up Texas-shaped ‘sky river’ in hotel’s opening ceremony

An overhead view of the Texas-shaped lazy river on the rooftop of the Marriott Marquis in Houston.
An overhead view of the Texas-shaped lazy river on the rooftop of the Marriott Marquis in Houston. Photo

Prepare to see a number of these in your social media feed in coming days from friends and “friends” who head down to Houston for the Super Bowl:

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner lit up the Texas-shaped lazy river atop the Marriott Marquis Houston hotel in downtown in a grand lighting ceremony Monday night. The hotel opened earlier in the day.

"For the Super Bowl, people can come here, see the hotel, be a part of it, get the Super Bowl experience," Turner told KTRK in Houston. "But get it from a Houston point of view. I mean, this is Houston at its finest."

Jay Marsella, director of sales and marketing for the Marriott Marquis, told Chron.com: "This will be Ground Zero for everything."

Super Bowl LI will be played at NRG Stadium on Feb. 5 and will feature Lady Gaga at halftime. ZZ Top, Gary Clark Jr., and The Surfers highlight the Super Saturday schedule. The city’s host committee is also touting a virtual reality Future Flight to Mars at the Super Bowl LIVE fan festival. It ends with a 90-foot drop onto the 50-yard-line of NRG Stadium just in time for kickoff.

Lady Gaga gave a rousing rendition of the National Anthem at Super Bowl L, you might recall:

The Marriott Marquis overlooks Discovery Green Park and will serve as headquarters for the NFL and members of the media.

Among other amenities, the $370 million, 29-story facility features 1,000 guest rooms, an infinity pool along with the lazy river, a 5,000-square-foot fitness center, two restaurants, several bars and a café, 100,000 square feet of meeting space with two ballrooms and an open-air pavilion.

Tom Uhler: 817-390-7832, @tomuh

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