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2014 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY XBOX

August 4, 2014
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The NFL kicks off its 95th season with "2014 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY XBOX” – 7:30 PM ET Thursday, September 4.  Grammy Award-winning singer, song-writer and producer PHARRELL WILLIAMS will perform live outside of CenturyLink Field in Seattle, it was announced Sunday night during NBC’s national broadcast of the annual NFL/Hall of Fame Game.   

 

Simulcast coverage of the 60-minute pregame show from Seattle will air from 7:30 – 8:30 PM ET on NBC and NFL Network. 

 

Television’s most-watched studio show, NBC’s Football Night in America, will be live on-site in Seattle with its full team -- BOB COSTAS, DAN PATRICK, JOSH ELLIOTT, Super Bowl-winning head coach TONY DUNGY, two-time Super Bowl winner RODNEY HARRISON, and two-time Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl XL MVP HINES WARD, along with NFL Insiders MIKE FLORIO and PETER KING.

 

The live pregame broadcast also will be available via NFL Mobile from Verizon.

 

Seattle-natives and Grammy Award-winning band SOUNDGARDEN will kick off the free event with a performance in front of their hometown fans with a portion of the performance broadcast live on NFL Network.

 

The show leads into the season opener between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle (NBC, NBCSports.com, Westwood One Radio Sports, 8:30 PM ET). Award-winning singer and actress ARIANA GRANDE will sing the National Anthem. 

 

The musical performances are part of the celebration to kick off the 2014 season and to honor the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.  This is the 13th consecutive Kickoff celebration to start the season and the 10th time the NFL has saluted the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium on a Thursday in primetime.

 

2014 NFL KICKOFF will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER, the Executive Producer of the Super Bowl pregame and halftime shows,and directed by GREGG GELFAND.

 

In addition to presenting sponsor Xbox, top tier sponsors for the NFL’s Kickoff platform include Bud Light, Bridgestone, GMC, Lenovo, Snickers, Pepsi, Verizon and Visa.

 

Media may visit www.nflmedia.com to apply for credentials to cover “2014 NFL Kickoff.”  The credential deadline is Friday, August 22.

 

Visit NFL.com/Tickets for tickets to NFL games.

 

HISTORY OF NFL OPENING KICKOFF EVENTS

 

DATE

LOCATION

NETWORK

TALENT

GAME

9/5/2002

Times Square, New York

CBS, MTV, VH1 and ESPN

Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Alicia Keys, Eve, Cast of Broadway musical Rent with Joey Fatone of NSYNC

San Francisco at NY Giants (ESPN)

9/4/2003

The National Mall, Washington, DC

ABC

Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, Good Charlotte

NY Jets at Washington (ESPN)

9/9/2004

Gillette Stadium, New England/ Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville

ABC

Boston Pops, Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, Elton John, Toby Keith, Lenny Kravitz (NE); Jessica Simpson (Jax.)

Indianapolis at New England (ABC)

9/8/2005

Gillette Stadium, New England/ Los Angeles Coliseum, LA/Detroit

ABC

Green Day, Santana, Michelle Branch, Ozzy Osbourne, Trisha Yearwood (NE); Kanye West, Maroon 5, Good Charlotte, Rihanna (LA); Rolling Stones (taped from Detroit)

Oakland at New England (ABC)

9/7/2006

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh/Miami

NBC

 Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride (Anthem) (Pitt.); Diddy, Cassie, Yung Joc, Tego Calderon (Miami)

Miami at Pittsburgh (NBC)

9/6/2007

Monument Circle/RCA Dome, Indianapolis

NBC, NFLN

John Mellencamp, Faith Hill, Kelly Clarkson, Hinder, Keyshia Cole & Voices of Unity Youth Choir (Anthem)

New Orleans at Indianapolis (NBC)

9/4/2008

Columbus Circle, New York City/Giants Stadium, New Jersey

NFLN, NBC

Natasha Bedingfield, Keith Urban, Usher

Washington at New York Giants (NBC)

9/10/2009

Point State Park/Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

NFLN, NBC

Tim McGraw, The Black Eyed Peas, Harry Connick Jr. (Anthem)

Tennessee at Pittsburgh (NBC)

9/9/2010

Jackson Square (Parade & Concert) /Superdome, New Orleans

NFLN, NBC

Dave Matthews Band, Taylor Swift, Harry Connick Jr., Colbie Caillat (Anthem)

Minnesota at New Orleans (NBC)

9/8/2011

Lambeau Field,

Green Bay

NFLN, NBC

Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5

New Orleans at Green Bay (NBC)

9/5/2012

Rockefeller Center, New York / MetLife Stadium, New Jersey

NFLN, NBC

Mariah Carey, No Doubt

Dallas at New York Giants (NBC)

9/5/2013

Baltimore Inner Harbor/ Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver

NFLN, NBC

Keith Urban, Danielle Bradbery (Anthem)

Baltimore at Denver

(NBC)

9/4/2014

CenturyLink Field, Seattle

NFLN, NBC

Pharrell Williams, Soundgarden, Ariana Grande (Anthem)

Green Bay at Seattle (NBC)


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