Countdown to Super Sunday

Published Jan/Feb 2007

Things are heating up in south Florida as the excitement of the 2006-07 NFL football season escalates with the approach of Super Bowl XLI on Feb. 4.

As of mid-December, only two teams–“da Bears” and Chargers–had clinched a place in the playoffs. It may be too early to predict the match-up, but the time is right for planning a trip to the Sunshine State to enjoy Super Bowl festivities.

Florida for the fans

Dolphin Stadium, located midway between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, has a seating capacity of 75,540, but it’s estimated an additional 40,000 fans may visit the area to be a part of the events surrounding the game. Super Bowl activities begin Jan. 27 and include: the NFL Experience ($15 adults, $10 children), an interactive area featuring games, clinics, autograph sessions and more; Super Fieston, a free block party with a Latin flavor; and opening ceremonies, which include a VIP dinner and entertainment. A full list of events is at www.superbowl.com.

Miami is a first-class destination even without the Super Bowl hype. Hotels and restaurants always are opening. Try the new Christabelle’s Quarter, a three-story New Orleans-themed restaurant located in Coconut Grove. Louisiana chef Alex Patout and his wife, Marcia, relocated to Florida after Hurricane Katrina wiped out their Alex Patout Louisiana Kitchen business in the French Quarter.

The Miami Seaquarium, a popular family attraction, is good for a half-day of fun. Guests can reserve time to swim and interact with dolphins for a $175 fee. Admission is about $32 for adults and $25 for kids, but AAA discounts are available. Visit www.gmcvb.com for more Miami updates.

Visitors to Fort Lauderdale will notice the new Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, a dining and entertainment venue. Cultural attractions include the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, which exhibits “Cradle of Christianity: Jewish and Christian Treasures from the Holy Land” through April 16. For more information on greater Fort Lauderdale, click on www.sunny.org.

For trip planning assistance, AAA TourBook guides, maps, and other resources, contact your local AAA office or visit AAA.com. Access maps and driving directions to Dolphin Stadium and other pro sports venues right from the dropdown menu in the TripTik travel planner on AAA.com. Use your online map to find conveniently located AAA Approved hotels and restaurants along your route, and book your overnight stays at special member rates. Get sightseeing information, AAA office listings and AAA member discount locations. You’ll even find mileage and driving time estimates to help with your planning.

And AAA offers travel packages for the Super Bowl. For more information, click on http://www.autoclubmo.aaa.com/travel/agency/sports.html.

Game tickets

Demand for Super Bowl tickets exceeds the number of fans who want to attend. About three-quarters of the tickets go to the NFL teams: 17.5 percent to participating teams, 5 percent to the host team and 1.2 percent to nonparticipating teams. The remaining 25 percent goes to NFL affiliated companies, the broadcast network, corporate sponsors, media, VIP charities, the Host Committee and fans–about 1 percent is made available for purchase by the general public through a random drawing.

Entries for the drawing are accepted between Feb. 1 and June 1 of the year preceding the game, and winners are notified in October or November of their eligibility to purchase tickets. Requests for tickets to Super Bowl XLII, to be played Feb. 3, 2008, in Glendale, Ariz., will be accepted beginning Feb. 1, 2007.

Entries must include name, address, phone number, and e-mail address; only one request per address is accepted. Send via certified or registered mail to: Super Bowl Random Drawing, P.O. Box 49140, Strongsville, OH 44149-0140. For more details, click on www.superbowl.com/features/general_info.

The NFL does not sell tickets to travel or ticket agents, but a random check of tickets available through online brokers started at approximately $2,000 per ticket. It’s no surprise most fans won’t make it to the game. With or without the big ticket, a winter trip to south Florida is a winner.

Deborah Reinhardt Palmer contributed some information in this article.

Above: Dolphin Stadium

Before You Go
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