Stadium almost full as countdown begins

(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The masses are making their way over from the NFL Experience and NFL tailgate party to Raymond James Stadium. The building is almost full now … it’s getting close.

The tailgate extravagance might just be — and very likely is — the happiest place on earth right now. I’ve never seen so many people having such a good time. As we blogged earlier, Journey is sounding good, and I was told the group has been playing for a long time.

Two disconcerting things from my experience: One, the mimes. Mimes everywhere. That’s a bit too much. Two, there must be a thousand seagulls floating above the grounds. There’s just too much food here for there not to be seagulls. It could be an ugly situation later.

There’s also this … getting a text message out of the stadium is almost impossible. There must be too many people on their phones and texting right now. If you’ve ever wondered who all the people on the sidelines are at the Super Bowl, I’m with you. It’s amazing how many people are milling about.

The countdown is down to about 28 minutes. The Steelers have headed to the locker room. The Cardinals are still out on the field going through pregame warmups.

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