Super Bowl XLIII will be played in the Tampa Bay area in 2009. Here are answers to common questions about the 2009 Super Bowl.
Who will face off in Super Bowl XLIII?
The American Football Conference champion Pittsburgh Steelers (14-4) will play the National Football Conference champion Arizona Cardinals (12-7).
When is Super Bowl 2009?
Super Bowl XLIII will take place on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009. Kickoff will be at 6:20 p.m. Eastern Time.
Where will Super Bowl XLIII be played?
Super Bowl XLIII will be played at Raymond James Stadium. The stadium is located a stone’s throw from the old Tampa Stadium and can hold more than 65,000 spectators, 50,000 of which are in general seating. For Super Bowl XLIII, seating will be expanded to 72,500. Available throughout the stadium are more than 1,300 wheelchair accessible and limited mobility seats. The Raymond James Stadium also boasts more than 12,000 club seats, 195 luxury suites and an 18,000-square-foot press box located in the upper-suite level in the southwest corner of the stadium.
The stadium is publicly owned and is managed by the Tampa Sports Authority.
Where is the stadium?
Raymond James Stadium is at 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.
Has there ever been a Super Bowl in the Tampa area before?
Yes, Tampa has hosted three Super Bowls, including:
- Super Bowl XVIII
When: Jan. 22, 1984
Where: Tampa Stadium
Final: Los Angeles Raiders 38, Washington Redskins 9
MVP: Marcus Allen, Raiders, Running Back
Additional Information: Barry Manilow performed the National Anthem. The Halftime Show featured a salute to the superstars of the silver screen.
- Super Bowl XXV
When: Jan. 27, 1991
Where: Tampa Stadium
Final: New York Giants 20, Buffalo Bills 19
MVP: Ottis Anderson, Giants, Running Back
Additional Information: Whitney Houston performed the National Anthem. The Halftime Show featured New Kids on the Block.
- Super Bowl XXXV
When: Jan. 28, 2001
Where: Raymond James Stadium
Final: Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Giants 7
MVP: Ray Lewis, Ravens, Linebacker
Additional Information: The Backstreet Boys performed the National Anthem. The Halftime Show featured Aerosmith, N’Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly.
I'll have tickets to the 2009 Super Bowl. Where should I stay?
There are plenty of lodging opportunities in the extended Tampa Bay area. The following links provide a list of places visitors may consider.
- Tampa Hotels & Motels: Tampa Airport & Stadium Lodging
- Tampa Hotels & Motels: Lodging Near USF & Busch Gardens
- Tampa Hotels & Motels: Brandon Area Lodging
- Tampa Hotels & Motels: Florida State Fairgrounds Area Lodging
- Tampa Hotels & Motels: Downtown Tampa & Ybor City Lodging
- Clearwater Lodging
- St. Petersburg Lodging
Who will sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIII?
Jennifer Hudson has been selected to perform the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIII.
Who will be performing during the Halftime Show?
The Super Bowl XLIII Halftime Show will feature a performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Will there be other events leading up to the 2009 Super Bowl?
In the days leading up to Super Bowl XLIII, the Tampa Bay area will play host to many special events and activities which will appeal both to residents and visitors.
Super Bowl Central is a great source of information about the event, offering tips and information on everything from the basics of football to what kind of snacks to prepare for the game.