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Updated 1005 GMT (1805 HKT) February 14, 2022
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4:28 p.m. ET, February 13, 2022

What to expect at the star-studded 2022 Super Bowl halftime show

From CNN's Chloe Melas

From left, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar. 
From left, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.  (Getty Images)

Get ready for some California love.

Five of hip hop's biggest names are hitting the stage Sunday for the Super Bowl halftime show.

Who is performing: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar will headline what is sure to be a rousing rendition of their greatest hits. Ahead of their performance, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Mary J. Blige spoke at a news conference and said the time has come for hip hop to take center stage.

This is the first time that the Super Bowl halftime show will feature hip hop artists as the main act.

Buzz has been building around the performance ever since "Straight Outta Compton" director F. Gary Gray dropped a teaser trailer featuring the artists.

How to watch: The Super Bowl is scheduled to take place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, where the Los Angeles Rams will take on the Cincinnati Bengals. The game will be broadcast on NBC and Telemundo and streamed live on Peacock.

4:28 p.m. ET, February 13, 2022

An inside look at tonight's venue, SoFi Stadium

From CNN staff

The interior of SoFi Stadium is seen days before the Super Bowl NFL football game on February 8, in Inglewood, California
The interior of SoFi Stadium is seen days before the Super Bowl NFL football game on February 8, in Inglewood, California (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

At Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, both teams will be playing with more than 1,000 tons hanging over their heads.

Suspended 122 feet above the field, the 120-yard long, oval-shaped Infinity Screen by Samsung is the largest videoboard in the history of sports, according to the Korean electronics giant. But while it's been in place since mid-2020, it won't have had a showcase quite like the Super Bowl before.

The screen is a key feature inside SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, a massive, reportedly $5 billion facility shared by two NFL teams — one of which happens to be playing in this weekend's big game.

When the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals clash on Sunday, fans inside the 70,000-capacity arena will have access to all manner of game data as a result of the giant screen. Instant replays and close-ups, statistics, scores and interactive updates will all be programmed on the screen in panels ranging from 20 to 40 feet high.

With 70,000 square feet of ultra-high-definition screen totaling 80 million pixels on its inside and outside surfaces, fans sitting lower down watch the screen inside the oval, while fans higher up will see the outside. Basically, there are no bad angles.

The display is making a lot of noise — literally. It's fitted with the equivalent of 1,500 home theater speaker systems, meaning there's no chance of missing a referee's call.

Though SoFi stadium hosted its first game in September 2020, Covid protocols meant fans weren't allowed inside until the following April. The Super Bowl represents something of a Hollywood premiere after a season of previews.

The stadium was designed by HKS, and Samsung worked with architectural drawings to optimize the spectator experience, says Mark Quiroz, vice president of marketing for Samsung Display Division. "The pure complexity of the building, from concept to design to construction was a challenging feat," he told CNN.

"Timing was also a very real challenge, ensuring that the Infinity Screen was ready for the NFL season opening day, a day that cannot be moved," he added. "This was also coupled with the early days of the pandemic, and the ability to put proper health protocols in place to protect the workers."

The need to innovate was paramount, however.

Some sports fans argue — in many cases rightly — that they can see more of the game and receive more in-game analysis from the comfort of their homes, and teams are having to work harder than ever on their stadium experiences.

"There is always going to be competition, as the home viewing experience has become so good with larger and sharper screens, requiring venues and technology providers (to) raise the bar on what the live fan experience needs to become to continually attract fans and guests," Quiroz said.