The Superbowl takes place on Sunday night and saying as it’s the 50th one we feel we really should make an effort.

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Here’s five ways to get the most out of the spectacle which sees the Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium in California, kicking off at 11.30pm our time on BBC Two and Sky Sports…

1. Party time

What better excuse to stock up on American food and throw a party, which is guaranteed to go on into the wee small hours. Even if you don’t fully understand what is happened on the field, regular snacking on hot dogs, burgers, pretzels & nachos will keep you entertained and awake.

Come to think of it pretzels and nachos aren’t actually American food, popular culture has tricked us, but you get the idea.

2. Drinking games

Down a shot every time there’s a flag thrown onto the field by an official, open a new beer for every touchdown and if you’re really brave finish whatever drink is in your hand any time they go to an ad break.

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3. Make it interesting

As most people viewing probably won’t have followed the season thoroughly enough to care who wins, you could add a bit of spice to the game by putting a bet on it.

Carolina Panthers are favourites to win, but rather than bet on the result, you might get more joy out of a first touchdown scorer bet.

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart are the favourites to score first but Ted Ginn Jr of the Panthers is worth an outside bet.

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Coldplay are doing the half time show, so it might be worth putting some money on Jennifer Lawrence turning up and firing a flaming arrow in the direction of her ex Chris Martin. Anything to liven things up.

4. Go to the pub

If you want drinks promos until late mixed in with on screen football and Xbox action, The Fly‘s annual Superbowl party might be the answer.

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5. Rub shoulders with some real life players

The Belfast Trojans Superbowl party is where the hardcore fans will be. You can rub elbows with the Irish champions and their cheerleaders in Madisons.

Unfortunately this is a members only event but have no fear they are giving you the chance to buy a one day Trojans Membership Pass for £8 in advance or £10 on the night.

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