St. Petersburg Times
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2002-2003 Bucs special magazine
Super Week
Main Bucs page
2002 post season
2002 schedules
Bucs’ regular season
NFL team-by-team
2002 standings
NFC South
regular season
4 0
6 1
7 0
9 0
game by game
Jan. 26
Bucs 48
Raiders 21
Jan. 19
Bucs 27
Eagles 10
Jan. 12
Bucs 31
49ers 6
Dec. 29
Bucs 15
Bears 0
Dec. 23
Steelers 17
Bucs 7
Dec. 15
Bucs 23
Lions 20
Dec. 8
Bucs 34
Falcons 10
Dec. 1
Saints 23
Bucs 20
Nov. 24
Bucs 21,
Packers 7
Nov. 17
Bucs 23,
Panthers 10
Nov. 3
Bucs 38,
Vikings 24
Oct. 27
Bucs 12,
Panthers 9
Oct. 20
Eagles 20,
Bucs 10
Oct. 13
Bucs 17,
Browns 3
Oct. 6
Bucs 20,
Falcons 6
Sept. 29
Bucs 35,
Bengals 7
Sept. 22
Bucs 26,
Rams 14
Sept. 15
Bucs 25,
Ravens 0
Sept. 8
Saints 26,
Bucs 20
Fan info
Preseason special section
Parking info
Previous stories
The stadium
Bucs Forum: home of the infamous Armchair QB board.
Times sites
College football
Devil Rays

printer version

'No vacancy' signs gathering dust at hotels

© St. Petersburg Times
published January 21, 2003

SAN DIEGO -- In this day of corporate cutbacks, impending war and a weakening economy, the last thing major corporations want to do right now is ... well, blow a lot of money.

And it appears they won't this week at Super Bowl XXXVII.

According to San Diego convention officials, hotel reservations are down about 15-25 percent from the last time the city hosted the event -- 1998.

The disappointing numbers caused many hotels to drop their rates in an effort to lure more visitors. About 70 percent of the city's 51,000 hotel and motel rooms have been booked, compared with 95 percent one week before the game in 1998.

GREAT FOR TAMPA, NOT FOR US: Face scanning may be fine for Tampa Bay, but San Diego officials decided it's not their cup of tea for this week's Super Bowl.

The San Diego Police Department rejected the idea of using the technology, saying it's too costly and not effective.

The devices were used in Tampa for the 2001 Super Bowl, outraging opponents who deemed it an invasion of privacy. New Orleans officials also used the devices last year. Still, there will be security. Police officials expect to utilize more security this year than any other public event in the city.

WEB SITE MADNESS: For fans who can't attend the game, or who just want to keep up with almost everything involved, here are two Web sites you can't do without. The official site of Super Bowl XXXVII is And for those who want to cast a vote for the favorite commercial aired during the game,

HOW MUCH?: If Sunday's AFC Championship Game was any indication, anyone still looking for a ticket to the Super Bowl may have to get an extra job to pay for it. Scalpers asked from $300-$800 for tickets to the Raiders vs. Titans. GUACAMOLE GAME: Just off a stretch of California interstate called the Avocado Highway, work crews in the U.S. avocado capital are harvesting fist-sized fruits destined to be mashed and mixed by football fans across the country.

Super Bowl Sunday has become one of the biggest days for U.S. avocado consumption as the popularity of its zesty dip derivative, guacamole, has spread.

Some 40-million pounds of avocados will be eaten during Sunday's Super Bowl festivities, according to the California Avocado Commission. "If you were to lay it out end zone to end zone at Qualcomm Stadium, that's over 5 feet deep," said Irene Cabanas, a spokeswoman for the commission.

The Super Bowl marks the largest U.S. consumption day of avocados for any sporting event. California is home to 86 percent of the nation's crop, and 46 percent of the state's avocados come from San Diego County.

SHOCKEY FINED: Giants rookie Jeremy Shockey was fined $10,000 for throwing a cup of ice into the stands and making an obscene gesture during a first-round playoff loss at San Francisco. The league docked the All-Pro tight end $5,000 for each act. The rookie threw the cup over his shoulder while being heckled by fans after he complained about officiating. The cup hit two children seated behind the Giants bench.

TRANSACTIONS: Denver promoted Larry Coyer to defensive coordinator and former player Steve Watson to receivers coach. Also, Jacksonville hired former player Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator and Ravens linebacker coach Mike Smith as defensive coordinator, the Associated Press reported.

Back to the Super Bowl XXXVII
Today's lineup

Super Bowl XXXVII
  • Bucs excited by next hurdle
  • Sideline: Eagles game draws huge
  • Super Bowl nets Glazers a clean slate
  • Gary Shelton: It's no joke; Chucky fits Tampa Bay
  • Callahan is the man with plan
  • John Romano: Dungy's fingerprints remain on team he sculpted
  • Hubert Mizell: Buccaneer fans, this is your time
  • They have arrived
  • Victory in a championship T-shirt
  • Everybody knows his name ... now
  • Notebook: Callahan and Gruden skip press session
  • Gruden opts for prep time over trip with team
  • Daily diary: Rich McKay
  • High profile: Bill Romanowski
  • Been there, done that, want more
  • High profile: Derrick Brooks
  • Turn on the lights, the party is just starting
  • Fans don gear of old and new to bid Bucs adieu
  • Think quick, pay a lot to see city
  • On the Internet: Bucs fans use site to scald foes
  • What they're saying
  • 'No vacancy' signs gathering dust at hotels
  • Sideline II: Raiders owner makes return
  • Letters: Bucs chat: Win worth long wait
  • Back to Top
    © Copyright 2006 St. Petersburg Times. All rights reserved.

    NFL headlines