By Spc. Michael AdamsFebruary 1, 2011
FORT STEWART, Ga. - Rocky's Zone will be showing the Super Bowl at an all-day Super Bowl party featuring tournaments, prizes and a chance for eight lucky Soldiers to get V.I.P. treatment while watching the game. Doors open at 11 a.m.
This year's Super Bowl pits the Green Bay Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. "This is the Soldier's place," said Marline Parker, facility manager at Rocky's Zone. "It's a place for Soldiers to come and have a really great time. This is our way of saying thank you for all the Soldiers have done for us."
Parker added that this is an excellent opportunity for Soldiers to celebrate being home, since much of the division was deployed during the last Super Bowl. She expects turnout to be very high; in 2010 there were 750 people who showed up, despite much of the division being in a combat zone.
There will be many other events going on at the club aside from the game.
Events include an NFL-themed Texas Hold-em tournament, a Call of Duty - Black Ops video game tournament for the Playstation 3, a Madden 2011 video game tournament for the Playstation 3, a nine-ball tournament, a Spades tourney and a three-point basketball shootout. All tournaments will start at noon.
Contests will have a prize for first and second place. Prizes include iPods, gaming systems and many more. Door prizes will also be given throughout the day.
There will also be a drawing for Soldiers at 5 p.m., that afternoon to receive V.I.P. treatment during the Super Bowl. Eight Soldiers will win an opportunity to enjoy free food and recliner seats while watching the game. For those who win, the game will be presented in surround sound on a movie screen. Those people will also have the opportunity to bring someone along.
One person who works at the club is already looking forward to Sunday.
"I'm really excited," said Lindsay Grammer, a recreation aide with Rocky's Zone. "We're going to have a lot of fun stuff going on. I've never been part of a big Super Bowl party before. It's good to know they have something to do rather than just sit in their barracks all day."
Soldiers attending the party will be able to bring a guest. Anyone attending the club will have to be at least 18 years old.
Parker added that if Soldiers are unable to make it home, Rocky's Zone will make sure Soldiers can get home safely by arranging for a cab to transport them if necessary.
The club also has food and refreshments available for purchase, as well as video games and many other types of games to play, free of charge.