Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal said there’s one thing he’d like to be known for now that his NBA career is long over.
That I know how to throw a party,” O’Neal told USA TODAY Sports by phone on Monday. “I realized a long time ago there are two things that bring people together: Music and sports.
Enter Shaq’s “Fun House,” a carnival-themed Super Bowl party O’Neal’s bringing to Atlanta on Feb. 1. It will include a Ferris wheel, juggling flame-throwers, a Cirque Du Soleil performance and festival music acts from Migos, DJ Tiesto, Lil Jon, T-Pain and Diplo.
“I’ve been to a lot of Super Bowl parties and they’re all the same. We wanted to make it fun and be different — bigger than ever,” O’Neal said. “This is going to be talked about for years to come. It’s part festival, part carnival, part circus. It’ll be the best Super Bowl party ever seen.”
O’Neal, a four-time NBA champion who retired after the 2010-11 season, even expects to pick up a mic and DJ himself during the party, slated to take place the Friday before the Super Bowl.
The event, sponsored by JBL, will be showcased at SunTrust Park Live at the Battery!” area and also feature local cuisine and a Las Vegas nightclub-inspired open bar.