Just how big WAS former NBA star Shaquille O’Neill’s 2020 Super Bowl Party? Maybe you imagine a backyard with a couple of hundred people. However, Shaq proves larger-than-life once again with this mega VIP concert event that sold a whopping 3,000 tickets.
Bockbuster performers included Tiesto, Pitbull, Diplo, Lil Jon, T-Pain, Carnage, and Cirque du Soleil performers. Famous personalities from Adam Levine and Jamie Foxx to Patrick Mahomes and Evander Holyfield were in attendance.
Shaq’s Fun House Miami garnered over 2.5 million media impressions. It was covered by major outlets like CNN, Fox Business, People, and NBC, making it the most viral Super Bowl Party ever. Movie Prop Rentals was proud to be a part of this momentous occasion, designing two specialty VIP rooms for the event.
About the Event
Shaq announced he was going to create the “most over-the-top experience ever,” and he didn’t disappoint. The event transformed Mana Wynwood Convention Center in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District into a carnival, with midway games, interactive performers, and rides like the merry-go-round (perfect for selfies).
Guests were treated to six hours of Open Bar and complimentary gourmet bites from Pubbelly Sushi, Coyo Taco, Papa John’s, STK Steak House, and Knaus Berry Farm. Carnival foods from corn dogs to cotton candy were also on hand.
One reporter in attendance referred to the event as one of the “wildest and most unexpected” nights of her life.
The night featured emotional tributes to the recently deceased former LA Laker Kobe Bryant, who died suddenly in a plane crash. Shaq donated the proceeds from the event to the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation.
What We Did
Movie Prop Rentals was tasked with decking out the two themed VIP rooms:
The exterior of the saloon was crafted of wood, inviting guests through Western double doors beneath a branded “Maker’s Mark SALOON” entryway. On either side of the saloon doors were neon-lit cactus, whiskey barrels, wagon wheels, benches, and giant boulders. Inside, guests found a poker table, Wild West bar, and cozy private nooks– ideal for hobnobbing.
Next door, the Courvoisier Cabaret featured a classy black and gold Art Deco aesthetic– perfect for the “Roaring Twenties” revival ushered in by the 2020 New Year. A ticket booth added to the illusion of the show. Inside, sensual shadow dancers entertained on two side podiums, while main stage performers bustled below a large CABARET sign comprised of individual bulbs.
“The signage out front of both locations was all custom, though,” explained Movie Prop Rentals Art Director Graylan Franklin, “We handcrafted the Cabaret Sign and all of the front entrances at our 3D foam printing studio in Miami. Our team brought in scaffolding and erected entire rooms where previously there was wide-open space.”
“A lot of the sets came out of our current warehouse inventory because the timeframe was so narrow,” added Movie Prop Rentals’ Design Chief Jerry Blohm. “We’ve designed many a set for Western films, so we had everything from gas lanterns, burlap sacks, and rustic horseshoes, to cowboy boots, galvanized metal, and mini-kegs in stock.”
The end result was, of course, grand. “Shaq showed up and loved everything– it was a big success,” said Jerry.
Contact Movie Prop Rentals For Your Party Needs
Movie Prop Rentals brings the designs, the set, the crew, and the custom decorations to your VIP event. Whether you’re hosting a private party, public event, festival, or ceremony, we are your one-stop-shop for aesthetics. We own two prop warehouses with tens of thousands of items to suit your theme and can make virtually anything we cannot find in our 3D-printing studio.
We’ll draw a virtual mockup for your consideration and bring your dreams to life. Movie Prop Rentals provides all the crew and handles the logistics, so you can just show up to a ready-to-go event and enjoy yourself without worrying about setup or teardown. Contact us for a custom quote.