Superbowl Sunday, on February 7, 2016, at the Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, California is just around the corner.  With the anticipation of Superbowl 50 (Superbowl L) and Superbowl parties, Thrill of the Hunt thought it’d be fun to suggest a new adventure to the same old typical celebratory gatherings.  Whether game day consists of a few friends, or a house full of fans, tackle your event with a football scavenger hunt for everyone in the family!


Easy.  Create clues and challenges revolved around the football theme.  Either make your own clues and post them around the house, create the clues and challenges online and use your smartphone, or use a combination of both.

Thrill of the Hunt has developed football scavenger hunts in the past.  Here are a few ideas to assist with your clues.  Remember, be creative.

One way to make your scavenger hunt custom, and more entertaining is to be personal.  If someone in your group played football in high school or college, or is currently playing, use those football experiences and stories to fuel your scavenger hunt and truly customize it by adding those types of fun trivia.

Always keep your guests in mind.  Some may be die hard football fans, in which increase the difficulty on the football trivia.  Others may be there for the wings and dip and are only dressed in team colors because they like them.  Remember, you don’t have to be a die hard fan to enjoy a good scavenger hunt or a football party.

The scavenger hunt may be tackled individually, in small groups, or as one large team.  You decide in advance.  Just make sure you’ve worked out the details prior to, and give complete directions so everyone is on the same page and your guests know what’s expected.  It’s no fun for anyone involved to be confused, especially before the scavenger hunt begins.  The group will listen and follow direction if things are organized.

Now time for clue suggestions.


  • Use the teams to uncover trivia for custom clues
  • Incorporate fun trivia on your city or the city where the game is held Ex.  Santa Clara County is the headquarters to AMD, Cisco Systems, Intel, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google and Yahoo   Ex.  In addition to Santa Clara, regions of San Mateo, Alameda and Santa Cruz counties are considered Silicon Valley
  • Use past popular football stats and events
  • Incorporate the mascots and team colors
  • Add elements of 50, (specific to this Superbowl)
  • Uncover halftime shows, hits and misses and all things pop trivia

Out of Bounds Football Scavenger Hunt Thrill of the Hunt copyDetails:

It’s always easiest and fun for the participants to stick with the football theme.  Set-up your Superbowl Scavenger Hunt like a football game, create markers and have the participants finish with a touchdown.  Throughout the scavenger hunt, use football terminology such as touchdowns, fouls, kicks, and out of bounds.  Perhaps the scavenger hunt comes to a fork in the road so to speak, and the individuals are given three choices.  If they take one route,  they eventually end up out of bounds and have to retrace their steps.

Ex. Hang three pictures of teams and have them pick their favorite team.  With each team, add another clue or challenge, each different.  One of those clues takes the Thrill Seeker to a clue that reads, “You committed a foul and chose the wrong team, go back and try another”.  Ultimately, there wasn’t a real right or wrong.  That’s the simple fun of the game.  Don’t be afraid to add those zingers to keep everyone on their game.  It will certainly spark teasing and fun rivalry, hopefully.

Maybe there are areas of the home no one is permitted.  Mark them with out of bounds signs, indicating the scavenger hunt is not to take place there.

Another twist on the football scavenger hunt theme, along the scavenger hunt have your guests find items to be used during the football game, such as foam fingers, whistles, flags, foam footballs and such.  Go for the gusto and have your own T-shirts printed.  If the guests are collecting items to use during the Superbowl game, it’ll only create more anticipation and excitement.

Football Scavenger Hunt Thrill of the Hunt copyChallenges:

Always, always, always remember to add photo opportunities to capture the day.  Videos are even better!  Instruct your Thrill Seekers to take pictures of their prizes, or pictures with them and an out of bounds sign.  If you want, add the element of social media and have the Thrill Seekers post online.

Remember, incorporate your own halftime show too.  This is your chance to deviate off of the football theme slightly and add challenges and trivia regarding the halftime performers, either from the present Superbowl or ones of years past.  This year, Beyonce and Bruno Mars will join Coldplay.  There’s a lot to work with.

Maybe have your participants do a Beyonce dance and video it, or name their favorite Bruno Mars or Coldplay song.  This is a great time to test their music trivia by playing snippets of songs and have the guests guess the artist.  Give your Thrill Seekers a part of a song and have them fill in the blanks, then sing it.  Post the interaction because it’ll be a memorable moment!

Participate in a football themed scavenger hunt, or tackle your own!  Have fun and go for the touchdown!

Did you create your very own football or Superbowl themed scavenger hunt?  Share your story with us!

If you’d like to learn more about our suggested themes and ideas, let us know.  We’d be happy to discuss and provide you with a free quote.

Thrill of the Hunt exclusively develops and administers to themed scavenger hunts for public and private events such as team building activities, company outings, fundraisers and private parties.

Remember, Everyone needs to … Experience the Game!


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