February 15

The Bullseye Event Group’s Exclusive Players Tailgate@Inglewood, California-Sun.,Feb.13th,2022

The Players Tailgate event is always “Top Notch”, and when you have had the likes of Michael Strahan, Erin Andrews, Lindsey Czarniak, Jaymee Sire and Charissa Thompson as your previous Emcee’s, you have big shoes to fill. Back this year as the Emcee for the Players Tailgate was Sage Steele.

Bullseye Event Group’s exclusive Players Tailgate before the Super Bowl has earned the reputation as the best Super Bowl pre-game experience, where over 50 active NFL players, celebrities and guests eat, drink and get entertained before the big game. Described as a culinary experience in itself with Americas top chefs, The Players Tailgate features live performance by DJ Irie, open premium bars and all-you-can-eat dining with gourmet dishes prepared by 10+ Celebrity Chefs.

Celebrity chef Guy Fieri partied in Los Angeles during Super Bowl 56 weekend (as we bumped into each other at other events) returning as host of The Players Tailgate benefit event for Operation BBQ Relief on Sunday (gameday!), February 13th, just prior to the big game.  What is normally a 50,000 sq ft tent was now mostly “open air” event to follow LA County Guidelines and best practices regarding Covid.  The 2,000 person event benefitting Operation BBQ Relief,  was a foodie’s paradise with top ranked chefs, celebrities and pro athletes all celebrating the Big Game Weekend in Los Angeles.

The 2022 venue for The Players Tailgate, was located on the grounds of the Hollywood Park Casino property. An open-air venue along with red carpet to transform the space into a once-in-a-lifetime tailgating experience and SOFI Stadium as the backdrop. The Hollywood Park Casino property bordered SOFI Stadium.


Sage Steele, the emcee/ host is one of ESPN’s most popular and respected commentators, currently serving as the anchor for the 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter with her co-anchor Kevin Negandhi. Steele also serves as the lead host for SportsCenter on the Road.Steele’s lead role for SportsCenter on the Road includes on-site, day-long and pre-event coverage for the biggest sports events of the year, including the NBA Finals, the Super Bowl, World Series, the Masters, the College Football National Championship and many more. Steele was named SportsCenter on the Road host in September of 2016. Steele showed her great range in sports by formerly hosting NBA Countdown on ESPN and ABC for four seasons/ For five years prior to the NBA assignment, Steele was a full-time host of SportsCenter ESPN’s flagship show, and had previously contributed to ESPN First Take, Mike & Mike in the Morning, and SportsNation. Steele hosted SportsCenter’s daytime coverage of the NBA Finals in 2012 and 2013, and has covered every NBA Finals since 2012.



2022 Players Tailgate DJ Headliner:

Official DJ of the Players Tailgate
As the first professional sports franchise DJ in the United States, DJ Irie is the official DJ of some of the most iconic brands in the world, such as Carnival Cruise Lines, the Miami Heat, Target, Mountain Dew Kickstart, Evian, Jamie Foxx and more, making himself one of the most established DJ’s in the industry. At the 2017 Players Tailgate at Super Bowl LI, DJ Irie provided his world-class entertainment to help set the stage for the biggest and best pre-game tailgate in Houston before Super Bowl LI. In 2018 DJ Irie was donned “The Official DJ” of the Players Tailgate and holds that title each year.

Charitable Partners:
Irie Foundation works year-round to improve and create a positive impact on the lives of South Florida’s at-risk youth. Through a number of proactive initiatives, we are committed to helping kids get on the right track and strive for successful futures. Currently in the process of building the all new Irie Rhythms Academy, a state-of-the-art music and technology center where children will have the opportunity to take part in music lessons, learn the art of photography, radio broadcasting, film, and the structure and processes of a professional recording studio at no cost to them.



Operation BBQ Relief responds to natural disasters and other situations to help feed displaced residents and emergency personnel. The Players Tailgate is proud to partner with Operation BBQ Relief in cooking our Memphis Style slow smoked baby back ribs portion to our menu and bringing much needed awareness to what Operation BBQ Relief does for our Country in a time of need. As a charity of our choice a portion of the proceeds will help fund Operation BBQ Relief and families when disasters hit.

The Guy Fieri Foundation uses food, cooking, and education to support, uplift, and encourage our communities. Starting in 2011 with a simple idea of teaching the next generation of chefs how to cook, the Guy Fieri Foundation has expanded to programs that have supported first responders through disaster relief, celebrating our local heroes and saluting our military and veterans.

2022 Players Tailgate Menu 
Guy Fieri:
Crispy Fried All Natural Tenders with Signature Sauce Bar

Chef Aaron May & Chef Danny Vargas:
Meat District OG Brisket Short Rib Double Cheeseburger

Todd English & Chef Belle English:
Ra Ra Rocking Raw Bar featuring Fresh Oysters, King Crab, Shrimp Ceviche, Tuna Tartare, Lobster and Caviar

Bullseye BBQ Midway:
Pitmasters Stan Hays, Burt Bakman, Walt Sterling & Leonard Botello IV Brandish Brisket, Baby Back Ribs, Grilled Red Shrimp and Classic BBQ sides and Fixin’s

Michael Voltaggio:
Baked Crab and Shrimp Roll with Yuzu Koshu Mayo and Shrimp Chips

Rene Andrade:
Octopus Sonoran Style with Birria

Wasabi Bros – Rocco Whalen and Dave Feimster:
Chicken Lemongrass Meatball Bahn Mi

Brian Archibald:
Ribeye Tataki

Antonia Lofaso, Brooke Williamson & Nyesha Arrington:
Boozy Sundae Bar – Featuring Fresh Soft Serve, Scratch Made Churros, Dipped Marshmallow and Toffee

Tyler Malek:
Ice Cream Tots – French Fry Ice Cream, Single Origin Chocolate, Chicharrones, Mustard Custard Dipping Sauce

Craig’s Vegan Ice Cream
Premium Bar:
Players Tailgate guests will be able to choose from the premium beer, wine and spirits options.

We would like to thank Matt Heien and Kyle Kinnett  for the invitation and hospitality to this event. We look forward to covering the 2023 edition of The Bullseye event for SB57 in Arizona.