Ellensburg hotspots prepare for Super Bowl


The Philadelphia Eagles celebrate in the endzone. Photo by Bill Streicher

Deacon Tuttle, Staff Reporter

Football, apps, cheers, tears, and a plethora of oversized televisions; with plenty of time to spare before kickoff, Ellensburg has several Super Bowl spots to pick from. 

Super Bowl XLVII is set for kickoff in Glendale, Arizona on Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m. For those who cannot attend in person or perhaps want different scenery from the comfort of their couch, there are plenty of restaurants and events available for fans.

Sliders Sports Lounge

Sliders Sports Lounge, a new family-owned restaurant welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds to share the love of sports together.

Kurt Thomas, co-owner and CWU alum, describes the importance of Sliders’ location and its connection to Ellensburg. According to Thomas, the goal was to have an arcade for families, and the bar side of the lounge is suited for adults and crowds of that nature. However, having them inter-spliced is for a purpose. 

“The thought behind that was to have a place where the kids can come over and study and kind of have that sports family atmosphere, because we are two different entities,” Thomas said. “The vision was to bring the community together through sports.” 

The lounge specializes in sliders, as their business title suggests. For first-time visitors, Thomas notes a few items you cannot miss. 

“Our most popular sliders are the Central Sliders and our home-made onion rings, and our home-made reuben rolls. Those are the big time hits,” Thomas said. 

Thomas says they will be workshopping some new items and they are finalizing some Super Bowl Sunday specials. Sliders is also putting together some prizes for their customers. 

“We’re going to have raffles with some stuff, some gear, some gift cards,” Thomas said. 

Thomas said he is satisfied with the strides the family business is making and the involvement they get from those around town. 

“We’re chugging along here trying to help the community,” Thomas said. “All the middle schools want to get in on the action and put parties here, so it’s a pretty cool thing.”

The Porch

Like the name implies, The Porch has a porch. 

The Porch (and its porch) can be found on Main St. in Ellensburg and is another location to view the Super Bowl.

Waitress and CWU student Ashlin Dalton said she looks forward to game time and the interactions she has with her customers as a server. 

Dalton said The Porch excels in creating an audio or visual experience wherever the customers are and it’ll be different on Feb. 12th. 

“We have eight TVs, so they go all around the bar and [from] any angle you can see,” Dalton said. “We normally just have subtitles on but for the Super Bowl, the whole restaurant hears the game.”

Teanaway Hall Kittitas Valley Event Center

Getting involved with the community and enjoying sports at the same time is possible with an event hosted by the Ellensburg School District Education Foundation.

Leading up to the game, there is an opportunity to attend a Super Bowl warm up party. The party will be hosted on Feb. 10 at Teanaway Hall Kittitas Valley Event Center from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

According to the Kittitas County Chamber website, the cost is $40 and food will be catered by Ellensburg Pasta Company. Additionally, the proceeds will fund the Learning Enhancement Award Program for the students, teachers and staff involved. 

The Learning Enhancement Award Program gives Ellensburg School District students the opportunity to further their education. The program invites students to apply for grants that can be used for a wide number of educational activities.

The cost for supporting local students, interacting with fellow community members to celebrate a major sporting event, and eating catered pasta is $40.