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.
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We’re about two hours away from kickoff, and most of the Steelers have taken the field to warm up — themselves and the crowd, which at this point is about half full, but consists mostly of Steelers fans. It’s a sea of Terrible Towels out here, and needless to say, they are primed for this game.
I’m blogging with my laptop resting on the back seat of a golf cart outside Raymond James Stadium, which is a first. I needed a moment to collect my blogging thoughts, with the NFL tailgate party area looming ahead.
Just got back from the NFL’s tailgate party, where Journey is entertaining hundreds of well-connected fans and celebrities, including the likes of Alonzo Mourning, Andy Roddick, Brooklyn Decker (Roddick’s swimsuit-model girlfriend) and some much appreciative family and friends here for all the festivities.
Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill has made his way onto the field. He’s taking a stroll down the Cardinals sideline, sporting his customary bowtie. Bidwill’s son, Michael, the team’s president, is donning his bright red blazer and a red tie.
Steelers WR Hines Ward just sprinted onto the field and took a quick lap. He didn’t appear to be limited at all by the knee injury he suffered in the AFC Championship Game.
NFL.com’s Gil Brandt is wearing his Super Bowl XII ring. That’s what today is all about: the rings.
It wouldn’t be the Super Bowl without exorbitant concession prices. Take a look at a quick rundown of some of the food and beverages on sale around the stadium.
The temperature on the sidelines is warm but manageable. Even in the sun and wearing a suit, it’s comfortable. There is a light breeze. This will be perfect for football.
A couple of early observations from the Super Bowl. One of the fascinating aspects of an event this size is the number of people it takes to pull it off. Security, in particular, is something to witness.
Super Bowl Sunday began with a special Super Bowl prayer in the hotel room (something like “God bless football”) in an effort to get things started on the right track. For all of the people here in Tampa who are working today’s game, from all over the country, Super Bowl week gets even better when friends and family arrive.
OK, all you young Steelers fans, no curfew tonight. Or at least for those of you in Pittsburgh.
According to the Pittbsurgh Post-Gazette, the city’s public schools superintendent, Mark Roosevelt, has announced his district will operate on a two-hour delay Monday because of an expected “late night” on Sunday.
The New York Giants may not have made it all the way to Super Bowl XLIII, but Manhattan is still honoring the events down in Tampa Bay. The Empire State Building will shine its world-famous tower lights in the team colors of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals from Friday, January 30 to Monday, February 2, 2009.
It must be rough being Scott Hanson. In between interviews with the likes of Redskins QB Jason Campbell and Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, he has to give some time to Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders Sahara and Jeni, who are making the rounds at Radio Row promoting their calendar.