New displays unveiled as part of city's Super Bowl beautification plans

HOUSTON – We are now 51 days from Super Bowl 51 and as part of the countdown several big things happened today.

The Houston Super Bowl Host Committee revealed more artists that will perform leading up to the game.

Solange and ZZ Top are two of them.

We have the entire list in the "Super Bowl" section of the website.

Also today a Super Bowl installation of 6-foot tall Roman numerals was unveiled in uptown at the water wall.

Then at about 5:30 p.m., the lights were flipped on at an elaborate kinetic sculpture inside a fountain downtown at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

In addition to that, the pedestrian walkway in front of the convention center was cleared of nearly all construction, landscaping was added and the whole area was lit up red.

It's all a part of the much talked about redevelopment of this downtown district featuring art, dining, and entertainment dubbed Avenida Houston.

We've heard about the plans, dealt with the construction and now the finishing touches are finally being put in place.

Though the big game may have been a major motivator for all of this development, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner wants all of us that live here to be excited.

“It’s not just happening for the Super Bowl but for the 2.2 million Houstonians who live in our city, for the 4 million that are in the region that are outside of our city. The things that are taking place right now are things that will live long past the Super Bowl. But having said that, when that one-million plus folk come to the city of Houston, look, they are in for one happy time in this city,” said Turner.

The redevelopment will be capped off in the next month or so with the opening of several new restaurants.

The district is truly becoming a downtown destination.