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Super Bowl Ticket Pricing Remains
Well Behind Games Played In '06-08
SMALL-MARKET TEAMS NOT HELPING SALES: In Miami, Douglas Hanks reports ticket prices for Sunday's game "have been dropping this week," leaving tickets "at their most affordable levels since the Rams played the Patriots in New Orleans four months after the 2001 terrorist attacks." Brokers blame the "weak demand on the fact that two small-market teams are playing," and with the Colts "making their second trip to a South Florida Super Bowl in 36 months, brokers depend on the New Orleans Saints to drive fan ticket sales this year." However, Hanks notes the "worst seats still cost more than $1,200." Miami-based Tickets of America President & CEO Michael Lipman said that prices for premium seats are "rebounding." Lipman: "The lower-level market has gone through the roof today. We sold some 40-yard-line club seats this morning for $5,200 each" (MIAMI HERALD, 2/5).
Saints Have Ignited Mass Rush To
New Orleans During Typically Slow Time
BIG EASY TAKING AWAY FROM SOUTH BEACH: Denver Post columnist Woody Paige said of being in Miami for the Super Bowl, "This is the most subdued Super Bowl atmosphere that I've seen in the 35 years that I've been going to Super Bowls." Paige: "I think it's a situation where the people in New Orleans are partying in New Orleans. That's the party city, not down here" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 2/4).
BOND LIKE NONE OTHER: In a special to ESPN.com, Democratic strategist James Carville wrote to say New Orleans is "now buzzing would be a gross understatement." The Saints organization for so long "has been a metaphor for all the ills of New Orleans -- always trying to get over the hump but continually falling a little bit short; a team and a city short on luck." But during the team's Super Bowl run, the Saints have "become a symbol for not only what can be but also what is." Carville: "New Orleans is moving. She's recovering. But the Saints are more than a symbol of or for New Orleans. ... What this Super Bowl run has done possibly more than anything else is forever link this luck-starved franchise with the city I am now proud to call home. They're one and the same" (ESPN.com, 2/4).
South Beach is heating up as celebrities and athletes alike make the rounds to parties ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl XLIV. THE DAILY offers you the inside scoop for upcoming events and previews the slate of celebrity bashes on tap this weekend.
Jimmie Johnson And Wife Chandra
Attend Super Bowl Party In Miami
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: Singer Nelly Furtado will perform at a free concert as part of the Pepsi Musica Super Bowl Fan Jam, while Diddy will host a Super Bowl Party at Karma on South Beach. NFL Network's Warren Sapp, Patriots WR Randy Moss and Bills WR Terrell Owens are expected to attend. Meanwhile, agent Drew Rosenhaus will host the "Rock 'n' Soul Party" at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Owens, Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco and 49ers RB Frank Gore are set to attend (HERALD.com, 1/26)....Reality TV star Kim Kardashian will host the "Leather & Laces" party at the Art Deco Paris Theatre while reality TV star Kendra Wilkinson, wife of Colts WR Hank Baskett, will host a bash at Passion Nightclub (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/2)....Audi will host a private party for 60 guests at the W South Beach. Guests include actors Taylor Lautner, Jessica Alba, Hillary Swank and Dolphins QB Chad Henne. Meanwhile, ESPN The Magazine "expects 1,200 invited guests for a party under a translucent pink tent behind the Fontainebleau" (MIAMI HERALD, 2/5)....Mike Ditka and Jamie Foxx will co-host a party at the Miami Beach Ritz-Carlton (PAGE2LIVE.com, 1/27)....Scouts for ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" are in Miami this weekend "looking for their next NFL partner." On Friday night they will attend the Def Jam Super Bowl lounge at Shore Club's Sky Bar where Ludacris will perform. Ravens RB Ray Rice, Steelers LB Lamarr Woodley and Chargers LB Shawne Merriman are expected to be there (N.Y. POST, 2/5).
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: The Playboy Party will be held Saturday at The Sagamore Hotel in South Beach, while the 2nd Annual "Big Game Big Give" will be hosted at director Michael Bay's Miami Beach home. Actress Jennifer Lopez, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Titans RB Chris Johnson and Broncos WR Brandon Marshall are expected to attend (HERALD.com, 1/26)....Agent Leigh Steinberg will host the Xenith bash at MI-VI to benefit Wyclef Jean's charity, Yele Haiti. Guests include Justin Timberlake, Kim Kardashian and Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (N.Y. POST, 2/1)....The Gridiron Celebrity Hoops XII basketball game will be held on Saturday. Owens, ESPN's Michael Smith and Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall are expected to participate (Jam Sports)....Jim Beam will host a party at Wish restaurant on Ocean Drive and "transform it into a 'man cave' where guests can play arcade games and loaf on recliners" (MIAMI HERALD, 2/5)....O.A.R., Barenaked Ladies and Robert Randolph & the Family Band will perform at the Super Bowl Saturday Night Party. Barenaked Ladies later that night will perform at the Taste of the NFL (ESPN.com, 2/4)....Singer Jimmy Buffett will perform a "small 60- to 90-minute show for an NFL owners' private party." The show, which will include Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, will take place at the Viceroy Miami resort (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 2/5).