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Miami, home of Super Bowl LIV, has several docking options for yacht owners looking to host watch parties.

Miami, home of Super Bowl LIV, has several docking options for yacht owners looking to host watch parties. (istockphoto/felixmizioznikov/)

Jerry jones, who owns the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys, says he’s planning to dock his 357-foot Oceanco Bravo Eugenia in South Florida for Super Bowl LIV in February 2020. It’s a great spot for a watch party aboard a yacht of any size; many restaurants will deliver a catering order right to Miami’s marina slips.

Smoke and Spice in Homestead, for instance, offers the service with gourmet barbecue fare. Another option is Zuma Miami, which brings modern Japanese cuisine.

And no matter the menu, the trick to throwing an onboard watch party is planning for the space, says Ann Jones of Eggwhites Catering in North Miami.

“For a Super Bowl party, you’re going to have your viewing area that may be in the salon or sky lounge, where the big TV is,” she says. “You want a bar and snacks that are easily accessible to the guests who are glued to the game, but you also want food and beverage away from the game, above deck. Not everybody is a die-hard Super Bowl fan, but they want to be part of the party. You want to have an area where they can socialize without disrupting the game.” 

She also recommends staggering the types of food available throughout the game.

“You have your first quarter, which is about opening the bar and having snacks available near the TV,” she says. “For the second quarter, you move to heavier passed hors d’oeuvres and appetizers. Halftime is when you break out the big guns; it is dinnertime, so people are expecting that fun, heavy football fare. Then for the fourth quarter, you break out your sweets, maybe football-shaped whoopie pies, things like that.”

Marinas

The Super Bowl is scheduled to be played February 2, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins. It’s just a few miles west of the water, which means it’s possible to book a slip at a nearby marina and take a taxi over to the game, or to host an onboard watch party and then head into town for the after-party. Nearby marinas include:

Turnberry Marina, which has 68 slips for yachts up to 180 feet;

Williams Island Marina, whose 106 berths can handle yachts as long as 160 feet;

Suntex Marina at Aventura, which has 100 slips for vessels up to 120 feet;

Hallendale Beach City Marina, which has a handful of transient slips that accommodate boats up to 60 feet length overall; and

Bill Bird Marina, whose 152 slips can handle boats up to 120 feet length overall.

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