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FARMINGTON — The Super Bowl is easily the most popular sporting event in the country, with families and friends typically gathering to cheer on their favorite team while indulging in favorite snacks and drinks.

But for those who would rather get out of the house to watch Sunday's game, there are several local options.

No Worries Bar and Grill, 1298 W. Navajo St. adjacent to the Four Corners Regional Airport, is having a 21-and-older Super Bowl party, said Tony Lake, the restaurant's manager. Lake said the doors will open at 1 p.m. Sunday, and for a $20 cover charge, visitors can enjoy an all-you-can-eat nacho bar. Before kickoff around 4 p.m., the staff will lay out a southern-fried chicken buffet complete with sides that include cornbread, corn on the cob, fried okra and potato salad.

"We'll be giving away prizes like trips to Mexico and other locations, as well as a 43-inch HD television," Lake said. "We'll also have some drink specials."

Clancy's Pub and Irish Cantina, located at 2701 E. 20th Street in Farmington, will be offering drink specials during the Super Bowl, such as Budweiser, Bud light and Shock Top beer for $1.50 for a 12-ounce glass, $2 for a 16-ounce glass, and $3 for a 25-ounce glass. In addition, the restaurant will be offering half-price chicken wings and $2 off all appetizers. Prizes such as a Budweiser recliner and a flat-screen television will be given away during the game.

"This is usually a pretty popular party, but with the economy being the way it is, we'll have to see," Clancy's bartender Candice Kakiuchi said.

505 Burgers and Wings, located at 820 Sullivan Ave. in Farmington, is offering a Super Bowl wing special, with free chili cheese fries included with every wing order, said Robbi Delin, the restaurant's general manager.

Local casinos also are offering some Super Bowl events and specials.

Anthony Montano, the marketing manager for SunRay Park & Casino, located at 39 Rd 5568 east of Farmington, said more than 400 people have signed up to attend a Super Bowl party at the casino's Sports Arena Restaurant, but he said there is still room for 100 more who can just show up on Sunday.

"We have the largest (television) screens in the Four Corners," Montano said. "We'll have lots of giveaways, such as flat-screen TVs and a lot of other merchandise from our friends at Budweiser and Coors. We're real excited — it's going to be some fun."

Montano said visitors can order food and drinks from the regular menu.

"We believe in family, so kids are welcome," he said.

Doors open at 2 p.m. Sunday, and admission is free.

The Northern Edge Casino, 2752 Indian Service Road 36 in Fruitland, also is offering some Super Bowl specials. The first is a '"hot seat drawing," which will take place on the gaming floor, said Charmayne Thomas, the casino's event coordinator.

"Whenever either team scores a touchdown, a field goal, a safety or a two-point conversion that is successful, someone will win $50 to $100 worth of free play," Thomas said. "At the end of each quarter, we'll also be giving away NFL T-shirts."

In the casino's lounge, she said, there will be drink specials, as well as a drawing for prizes. The casino's restaurant will be offering a tailgate buffet from 2 to 4 p.m. for $7.77. The buffet is open to all ages, but the other events are for those 21 and older.

For families looking to get out of the house and be active on Super Bowl Sunday, Bowlero Lanes, located at 3704 E. Main St. in Farmington, is offering a special on lane rentals, General Manager Dee Clifton said.

"People can rent a lane for the duration of the Super Bowl for $50 per lane," she said. "Shoe rental is included, and they will also get a giant plate of Super Bowl nachos."

Other food items and drinks can be ordered at regular price.

The adjacent sports bar, Crackers, is also offering a Super Bowl party, but is already sold out, Clifton said.

For many restaurants, particularly those without televisions, Super Bowl Sunday means a slow business day, said Ben Landin, managing partner and owner of the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant in Farmington's Animas Valley Mall.

"Super Bowl is death for restaurants because a lot of people have home parties," he said.  "And unless restaurants have a big bar, most never fill up."

Landin said during last year's Super Bowl, the restaurant was visited by only two guests during the last hour of business.

"Normally, we have 150 people during that last hour," he said. "We want to take care of our staff and don't want them to have to just be standing around, so we'll probably close at about 6 or 7 (p.m.) on Sunday."

For those who do prefer to stay home to watch the big event, many local businesses are offering items to supplement home parties.

Kathy's Party Store, located at 3836 E. Main St., Suite B in Farmington has many decorations tailored to the game.

"We have this year's Super Bowl LI licensed stuff such as plates, napkins and table covers," co-owner Aubrey Yates said. "We have lots of New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons stuff, and can do balloon arrangements and Patriots of Falcons centerpieces. We also have megaphones, pompoms, body paint and air horns."

Of course, Super Bowl parties wouldn't be complete without the food, and most local supermarkets are offering platters and specials for the big event.

The Bloomfield Farmers Market, located at 401 W. Broadway Ave., is offering a "pico and guac" platter, containing 3 pounds of pico de callo and 3 pounds of guacamole, plus three bags of corn chips for $29.99.

"Our guacamole is incredible and is made fresh every day," Produce Manager Tom Loeb said.

He said prepared fruit and vegetable platters with dip are also in stock.

"We can also make anything your heart desires," he said.

Leigh Black Irvin is the business editor for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4621.  

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