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|| News Item: Posted 2001-01-23

Super Bowling
News and Information on Super Bowl XXXV

By David Kadlubowski, Tampa Tribune

7:00am Oakland California:
Well being from the East Coast, my body thinks it's 10am. So, I have been able to sleep in and I still have plenty of time to fire up the Mr. Coffee in the hotel bathroom, hit the treadmill in the fitness center and bang out a note to Sports Shooter. If I only lived here I would get so much more accomplished. Besides, I know the scribblers will not venture from their rooms till after lunch anyway.

For those of you who cover the NFL like myself, the end is in sight. I have managed to piss off the travel gods this year and the end can't come soon enough for my wife, ah I mean me. You see my last five trips have had layovers and delays. Due to a snowstorm in Buffalo, I missed a Thanksgiving gathering while stranded at Laguarida for two days. I missed our anniversary and I spent Christmas in Chicago because United was nine minuets late out of Green Bay. I think it's the only time a United flight has ever left the gate on time.

Like I said the end and Super Bowl XXXV are in sight. If you are traveling to Tampa, here are a few items that I hope will make your trip more memorable.

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Busch Gardens
Busch Boulevard and 40th Street Eight miles northeast of downtown Tampa. Normal park hours are 9:00 a.m.-6 p.m. within a 365-day operating schedule.

They have FREE BEER at the pavilion. But use caution when drinking free beer and riding the Gwazi roller coaster.

Sant' Yago Gasparilla Knight Parade
7th Avenue Ybor City
Festival 3 - 7 p.m.; Parade starts at 7 p.m.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest Concert
Curtis Hixon Park, downtown Tampa
1/26/01 5:30 p.m. Free admission.

Southwest Airlines Gasparilla Pirate Fest
Curtis Hixon Park, downtown Tampa
1/27/0111 a.m. - 11 p.m. Free admission.

Downtown Tampa event. Features four stages of live entertainment, the Gasparilla Midway, amusements, vendors and artisans.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest - Pyrotechnic Finale
Curtis Hixon Park, downtown Tampa
1/27/01 10 p.m. Free admission.

Fireworks show over downtown Tampa renewing the legendary reign of Jose Gaspar over the City of Tampa. Depending on the wind, a good angle might be from North Blvd and I 275. The throw is about 12 mile

Gasparilla Pirate Fest Invasion
Garrison Channel, downtown Tampa
1/27/01 11:30 a.m. Free admission.

Tampa's historic Gasparilla Invasion features Ye Mystic Krewe leading a flotilla of boats in the bay and landing the "Jose Gaspar".

This is a must see along with the parade that follows. Hundreds of boats follow the pirate ship from Hillsborough Bay down Garrison Channel to downtown, docking at the Convention Center.

The Platt street bridge is a good angle with the boats heading toward you. Expect huge crowds and a ladder me be needed to get above the riff -raff.
This is a great shot from the air with the city as a backdrop.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest Parade of the Pirates
1/27/01 1:45 p.m. Free.

Tampa's annual parade led by Ye Mystic Krewe since 1904, features over 75 floats and other displays.

Major crowds. If you can score a credential, you can walk along the parade route much easier.

Try the Convention and Visitors Bureau or the Ye Mystic Krew of Gasparilla for credentials.

Plenty of women willing to bare it all for some plastic beads.

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Bern's Steak House
1208 S. Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606 Phone: (813) 251-2421 Fax: 813) 251-5001

Bern's boast the world's largest wine cellar, bulging with 85,000 bottles, and an organic farm that grows much of the produce offered on its menu. The specialty is fine beef, aged to perfection and cooked exactly right, served with crisp vegetable side dishes and salads, and footnoted with a bevy of excellent, decadent desserts.

The Columbia Restaurant
2117 E Seventh Ave
Tampa, FL 33605 Phone: (813) 248-4961

The queen of Tampa's Spanish and Cuban restaurants since 1905 and a tourist attraction in its own right.

Not that I ever would, but no list of Tampa highlights could leave off "The Mons".
Mons Venus: 2040 N. Dale Mabry HighwayTampa 33607 tel: (813) 875-2762

This is the granddaddy of all "gentlemen's clubs" and the industry trendsetter and pole-sitter. Grab your wallet and hold on tight. There is a $20 cover charge.

Note: The city has imposed a 6-foot buffer ordinance and has been making periodic arrest if you partake in a lap dance. Try and explain that one to your boss.

Also, a final note on private dances at local clubs: the NFL is reminding players to stay six feet away when taking in some of the sights. Tampa Police say they will enforce the ordinance and the arrest of two Dallas Stars players at the Mons Venus this weekend should erase and doubt.

Tampa Bay Super Bowl Task Force
Krista Soroka, Director of Special events & Public Relations, 813-318-0014

Tampa Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau
Vicki Isley, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, 813-342-4052
Edie Emerald, Film Commissioner, 813-342-4058

St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Wit Tuttell, Director of Public Relations, 727-464-7213
Jennifer Parramore, Film Commissioner, 727-464-7241

Task Force Media Center Booth Phone Number: 813-275-5760
The Tampa Bay Task Force booth in the Media center at the Tampa Convention Center opens January 21st.

I hope this makes your trip more enjoyable and bail free!

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