Tampa, Florida’s Raymond James Stadium hosts the Pittsburg Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals for the 43rd Super Bowl.

Date: Sunday, February 1st, 2009
Kickoff: 6:28 p.m. EST (approximately)

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Raymond James Stadium, capacity: 72,500.

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Host Team: Arizona Cardinals (NFC) – Quarterback Kurt Warner

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Visiting Team: Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC) – Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Television Coverage: NBC
Radio Coverage: CBS Radio/Westwood One (in English and Spanish)

Parking lot opens at 9 a.m. EST. Tailgating is NOT allowed.
Stadium seating opens at 2 p.m. EST

The winning team takes home the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy.

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Vince Lombardy Trophy

Are you sitting down? Traveling around the internet, I find tickets available ranging from $1,500 to $197,800 each. Other sites are offering small quantities at greatly discounted prices. RightPundits does not endorse these sources and we have no knowledge of the validity of the sellers. Buyers Beware!

The average ticket price for the last five Super Bowls:

2008: Patriots vs. Giants – $4,332
2007: Bears vs. Colts – $3,659
2006: Steelers vs. Seahawks – $3,424
2005: Eagles vs. Patriots – $2,750
2004: Patriots vs. Panthers – $2,606

How the NFL doles out the tickets:

The vast majority of Super Bowl tickets (approximately 75%) are distributed to the 32 NFL teams. The participating teams each receive 17.5% of the tickets, the non-participating teams receive 1.2% and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as the host team, will receive 5%. The remaining 25.2% are controlled by the NFL and are distributed primarily to NFL affiliated companies, the broadcast network, corporate sponsors, media, VIP’s charities, fans and the Host Committee.

One percent of the tickets are acquired by a random drawing held by the NFL. The drawing is not a lottery. The NFL does not distribute tickets to the general public or sell tickets to travel or ticket agents.

How to enter the NFL’s Random Ticket drawing for Super Bowl 2010:

Requests for the random drawing are accepted between February 1st and June 1st of each year, preceding the game. For Super Bowl XLIII the drawing will be in 2008. All entries must include name, address, phone number and email address, and must be sent via certified or registered mail. Requests for tickets to Super Bowl XLIII, to be played February 1, 2009 in Tampa, Florida, will be accepted beginning Feb. 1, 2008. You will be notified by mail in October or November if you are eligible to purchase Super Bowl XLIII tickets.

Requests should be sent to:
Super Bowl Random Drawing
P.O. Box 49140
Strongsville, OH 44149-0140
Please note: Only one request per address is accepted. Duplicate requests will be ineligible.

How to enter the NFL’s Random Drawing for Handicap Access Tickets 2010:

The deadline to enter is September 1.
Entries should be sent to:
Super Bowl ADA Random Drawing
National Football League
280 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10017

Half-Time Show:
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band IS the Super Bowl half-time show. Do you ever wonder how the adoring fans end up on the field, rocking out with the performers? This year’s show posted a call for “2,000 excited fans,” no experience needed, apply as a “group that contains at least 10 members.” A ticket to the game was not provided, but access to the field at half time was the promise.

Bruce Springsteen

Super Bowl XLIII half time performance: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Bank

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