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Super Bowl Q & A

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 21, 2001

Q: What time is the kickoff?

A: Where have you been? It has run virtually every day for weeks. It's on the front of this section. Still, it will be the most frequently asked question of the week. It's scheduled for 6:18 p.m., but it has been known to be a few minutes tardy in the past.

Q: How many seats does Raymond James Stadium have?

A: More than 72,000, including temporary seating put in for the game.

Q: Who gets all those tickets?

A: Nearly 75 percent are distributed to the NFL teams. (The participating teams each receive 17.5 percent of the tickets, the Bucs, as the host team, receive 8.3 percent, the other 28 non-participating teams each receive 1.1 percent and the Houston Texans, who join the league in 2002, receive .55 percent.) The remaining 25.3 percent are distributed by the NFL, mostly to the broadcast networks that have NFL contracts, corporate sponsors, charities and the host committee. The NFL uses a random drawing method to sell Super Bowl tickets to the general public, but the deadline for the drawing was June 1.

Q: How much do the tickets cost?

A: Club and suite level tickets were $400 with all other tickets $325.

Q: Has the game been in Tampa before?

A: Yes, Super Bowl XVIII (L.A. Raiders 38, Washington 9) and Super Bowl XXV (N.Y. Giants 20, Buffalo 19) were at Tampa Stadium.

Q: What's the economic impact?

A: Super Bowl XXXIV generated an economic impact on the state of Georgia of $292-million, according to a study by Georgia State University of Atlanta.

Q: How much do the players get?

A: The winners get $58,000 each. The losers have to get by on $34,500.

Q: Where are the teams staying?

A: The Giants arrive today and are at the Wyndham Westshore. The Ravens arrive Monday and are at the Hyatt Regency Westshore.

Q: Will Trent Dilfer have his old locker at One Buc Place?

A: No, the Ravens are practicing at the University of South Florida. The Giants are at One Buc Place.

Q: Can I go?

A: Nope. Practices are closed to the public.

Q: Who's singing the national anthem?

A: The Backstreet Boys.

Q: What about the halftime show?

A: Aerosmith and 'N Sync will be the featured performers.

Q: Why do they call it the Super Bowl?

A: The first three Super Bowls were called the World Championship Game. Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt saw his children bouncing a "super ball" one day, and a new name was born.

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