EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – A rich gumbo of A-list celebrities and star athletes gathered together in New Orleans, home of Super Bowl XLVII, to compete in the Seventh Annual DIRECTV Celebrity Beach Bowl. 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.  The DIRECTV Celebrity Beach Bowl, which was free and open to the public, is the must-attend event of Super Bowl weekend attracting thousands of spectators who flock to the event every year to witness Hollywood’s biggest stars compete against former NFL greats in a wild flag football game where anything can happen.


Celebrities and athletes include 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.


The fun began when Dan Patrick and former New York Giant Michael Strahan host the pre-game show, presented by SHOWTIME®.  The matchup, which was played over four 10-minute quarters, was called by Patrick and Daryl “Moose” Johnston, entertainment reporter Erin Andrews and sideline reporter Tony Siragusa. Immediately following the game and trophy presentation, fans were able to fill the beach for a concert by international superstar Pitbull.

During the event, Reebok outfitted players, coaches and team captains with official performance apparel, footwear and accessories and Lexus will provide cars for athletes and celebrities playing in the game. Additional sponsors MillerCoors, ESPN, TRX, Starz Entertainment, The Weather Channel, Exede Internet Service provided by ViaSat, SNICKERS and Scripps Networks Interactive were also on hand for all the festivities.


For more information, please visit: http://www.directv.com/beachbowl. To join the conversation and get updates use #BeachBowl.

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