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What it means for Tampa Bay

By Times staff writers
Published May 26, 2005

How much are tickets, and will I be able to get any?

In Jacksonville this year, the face value of tickets was $500 for non-premium seats ? $600 for club and luxury box seats ? although it's safe to assume many of them sold at a higher price. Only 500 tickets were sold to the general public, through a lottery that drew a record 30,000 entries. Most of the tickets go to the NFL and its corporate sponsors (25 percent), the participating teams (35 percent), the host team (5 percent), and the remaining 29 teams (35 percent). You can expect to apply for the lottery tickets in early 2008.

What's the economic impact of a Super Bowl in Tampa?

Projections vary widely. The NFL estimated that during Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, about 100,000 visitors to Tampa spent an average of $2,500 each for an economic impact of about $250-million. Kathleen Davis, a Florida sports economist, speculated the 2009 game could be worth from $250-million to $350-million to Tampa. Some economists, however, think those numbers have been exaggerated, disregarding that tourists would still come to Tampa in the same time frame spending their money on other attractions. They view the economic impact as minimal, perhaps in the tens of millions of dollars.

Will Tampa's Gasparilla parade and street party be held on the same weekend as Super Bowl 2009, as it was in 2001?

No. The NFL asked that Gasparilla not be held in conjunction with the Super Bowl this time, said Paul Catoe, president and chief executive officer of the Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau. Two big events in one weekend caused traffic snarls and overbooked hotels. In fact, Gasparilla organizers last year changed the official Gasparilla weekend from the first weekend in February to the last weekend in January so it will never occur on the same weekend as the Super Bowl, no matter where the big game is being played.

Atlanta was supposedly the favorite, so how did Tampa end up getting the game?

The owners apparently liked the overall strength of the Tampa Bay bid, most notably the good weather (there was an ice storm in Atlanta when the game was there in 2000), the stadium, the enhancement package (free access to golf courses in the area for owners and guests and a party at Busch Gardens) and the successful history the city has with Super Bowls.

How many other Super Bowls have been played here?

The previous games were held here in 1984 (XVIII: Raiders 38, Redskins 9), 1991 (XXV: Giants 20, Bills 19) and 2001 (XXXV: Ravens 34, Giants 7).

Has an NFL team ever won a Super Bowl in its own stadium?

No. The 49ers won Super Bowl XIX at Stanford University, but it was not their home stadium. The L.A. Rams lost Super Bowl XIV in Pasadena.

What other cities are scheduled to host Super Bowls?

Detroit (2006), Miami (2007), Glendale, Ariz., (2008) and New York City (2010, assuming the Jets get approval for a new 75,000-seat stadium on the West Side of Manhattan).

Will there be one week or two between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl?

Two.

What network will televise Super Bowl XLIII?

NBC has the rights to the game.

How much taxpayer money might be involved in hosting a Super Bowl?

Estimates in Jacksonville were that around $22-million in local, state and federal money was spent preparing for and hosting this year's Super Bowl, although some expenses went for permanent improvements that benefit the city long after the game.

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