Super Bowl opening night at Minute Maid Park

By Randy McIlvoy - Sports Director, Sara Donchey - Anchor/Reporter, Keith Garvin - Anchor/Reporter

HOUSTON - It's one of the biggest nights leading up the biggest sporting event of the year.

It was media night for the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots inside Minute Maid Park.

The players are excited for the biggest game of their careers.

"You can't shy away from the fact that this is the biggest game in the world every year and that's awesome, it's an honor to be a part of it," said Atlanta Falcon Grady Jarrett. "But at the same time you gotta just do what you do and enjoy the moment."

This night brings new meaning to the phrase "media circus."

Journalists from all over the world crowded in to interview the teams' top players.

Some don interesting outfits to draw the players' attention like one duo from Austria.

They were two men dressed like a 19th Century couple from their country.

"It's media day," says Phillip Hajszan. "Media day's is usually crazy and we thought we'd bring a little bit of Austria to the media day. Spread some Austrian flavor."

It is a night filled with energy and excitement for the fans and players of the most popular sport in the country.

Thousands of fans showed up to the sold-out event, including both a strong showing from Houstonians and Texas residents as well as out-of-towners visiting the city for the first time.

Michelle Gaston flew from Maryland and rushed to Media Night shortly after arriving in Houston.

"Everyone may not be able to attend the game, but you have so many other things you can do during the week that's not cost prohibitive it's great," Gaston said.

Fans were also treated to various autograph sessions with players spread throughout the concourse including former Houston Oilers QB Warren Moon.

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