Lady Gaga has been confirmed as the official Super Bowl 51 Halftime performer for the upcoming big game on Feb. 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The venue, which will hold minimally 72,220 attendees, will mark one of Gaga's biggest performances of her career. The show is expected to be watched by well over 100 million viewers.
Lady Gaga will join a long list of female pop stars who have taken that same stage in years past, including Madonna, Beyonce and Janet Jackson. Her performance will likely increase viewership, and may even impact the value of a Super Bowl ticket. Tickets to Super Bowl LI are already averaging $6,718 on the resale market, with the cheapest ticket priced at $4,202, according to TicketIQ. Cheap parking at NRG Stadium in Houston is fortunately available through ParkWhiz.com that can be secured easily and well ahead of time.
The 30-year-old performer was recently featured with Curt Menefee and Michael Strahan on the Fox NFL pregame show to reveal what she has planned for her big performance. In the past, special guests have accompanied the headlining act, although there is no word yet as to who may join Lady Gaga.
Super Bowl Weekend is guaranteed to be star-studded. Taylor Swift was recently announced as a headlining act for a concert the night before the big game as part of a new, multiple-year deal with AT&T. Tickets for that show will be available through promotions and campaigns, and the concert will be held in a made-for-Taylor 64,000-square-foot venue in Houston.
Last year's Super Bowl 50 featured Coldplay as the halftime-headliner, and they were joined by two previous halftime artists, Bruno Mars and Beyonce. This year, Lady Gaga will actually be appearing during the Super Bowl for the second straight season. She performed the national anthem at the start of last year's affair.
Lady Gaga released her fifth studio solo album, Joanne, on Oct. 21. This week, the album became Gaga's fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 201,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Oct. 27.