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No super plans this week? Here's a party just for you
By TIM GRANT
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 19, 2001
CARROLLWOOD -- In case you're not invited to any of the star-studded parties in Tampa next week leading up to the Super Bowl, you'll have a chance to celebrate the big game in Carrollwood.
At least 1,000 people are expected at a public party Wednesday at the Carrollwood Village Soccer Field on South Village Drive. Hosted by the Carrollwood Area Business Association, it is the largest Super Bowl event planned for this area.
"Our plan is to offer our friends and family some fun during the Super Bowl right here," said Dawn Hudson, CABA administrator.
Bring a lawn chair, a blanket or a beach towel. Mingle with some celebrity guests and enjoy an evening of food, music, games and prizes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The grand finale will be a fireworks display sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times.
Hudson said CABA has invited former Tampa Bay Buccaneer players Parnell Dickerson, David Lewis and Dave Green to the event as well as players from the Tampa Bay Mutiny, former Tampa Bay Bandit Mike Butler and Chicago Bears player Tyrone Keyes.
Look for them at a booth set up by First Kensington Bank.
"Everyone I know is anxious to meet some stars and, God willing, they'll be there," Hudson said.
Area restaurants Alex's BBQ, Outback Steakhouse, Melting Pot, Loop Pizza Grill and New York Bean & Bagel will be selling food for $3 to $5 a serving.
Entertainment will include a performance by the Chamberlain High School cheerleaders, a moonwalk, and popular music played by a disc jockey. Tropicana will provide free orange juice and visitors will get a chance to tour the Devil Rays Express, a semitrailer walk-through exhibit of baseball memorabilia and information about the Devil Rays.
For $1 a ticket, you can enter a raffle for four tickets to the New York Yankees/Tampa Bay Devil Rays spring training game on March 21 at Legends Field.
But if you're not lucky enough to win those, there should be enough free giveaways to go around. Those include Gasparilla beads, balloons, assorted trinkets and T-shirts provided by the Tampa Bay Mutiny.
Parking is free, but it's also limited.
Some space will be available at the soccer field and along South Village Drive. About a half-mile south, Hartline has a Park and Ride lot on Casey Road.
"We only get the Super Bowl about every 10 years," Hudson said. "Since most of us can't go to the game, this might be the closest some people get to having some Super Bowl fun."
Elsewhere in the Carrollwood area, Super Bowl events are planned at the Tampa Ale House at Bearss Avenue and Dale Mabry and at Harpo's Nightclub in the Mission Bell Shopping Center.
For $50 a person, Super Bowl fans at the Tampa Ale House can choose their own seat and get unlimited food and drinks from a buffet. Harpo's will be open every night starting Wednesday, and on Super Bowl Sunday a barbecue will be set up on the patio.
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