For the sixth year in a row, the athlete is bringing his Shaq’s Fun House event to the Super Bowl
Shaquille O’Neal wants another title: Best Super Bowl party ever.
For the sixth year in a row, O’Neal is bringing his Shaq’s Fun House event to the Super Bowl. This year, the 58th annual championship football game will take place at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas.
“Just when you thought the Super Bowl couldn't get any bigger, we're headed to Vegas,” O’Neal tells PEOPLE about his annual bash, which will be hosted at Wynn Las Vegas’ XS nightclub on Feb. 9.
With a carnival-like atmosphere, the 2024 version includes events, games, activations, giveaways and live performances by Lil Wayne, Diplo, and O’Neal’s deejay alter-ego, DJ DIESEL. And, one thing the retired NBA legend promises: fun!
“Shaq's Fun House was created because all the corporate parties are guys just standing around and they just look at each other and just talk,” he says. “This is Super Bowl weekend... It’s going to be a great event. It is going to be fun.”
No stranger to Las Vegas, O’Neal has owned homes and restaurants in the city, while The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation fundraiser — dubbed The Event — has become an annual staple on the world-famous strip.
In November 2023, O’Neal hosted a party alongside David Beckham for the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix. Tickets to that motorsports event were rather pricey, reaching upwards of $5,000. However, Shaq’s Fun House won’t be that expensive, as he’s charging $99.99.
“I know there's a lot going on in Vegas, but I guarantee you I'm the only guy that's dropping prices because you know what, I really care about the people. This has never been about money for me. This has been about doing a good event,” he explains.
The sports analyst adds, “I want to be responsible for the best event in Vegas. Sometimes we make money, sometimes we don't. But who cares? The experience is what matters.”
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While O’Neal will be on the turntables, he might also grab the microphone and freestyle from rap. In the ‘90s, he released four studio rap albums. And just last month, he was featured on a track called “Chaos” by YouTube-famous rapper GAWNE.
“I dropped some heat on that,” O’Neal says, before quickly noting that he has no desire to release another rap album. “Being a rapper is trying to make money. I'm not doing that. But I will drop freestyle every now and then.”
“Remember, life is all about competition. That’s the reason why we do Shaq's Fun House. I want the title of the best Super Bowl party ever. That's why we're doing it. I'm not doing it just to be doing it. I want that title,” he says.
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