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Pittsburgh is getting used to this winning thing. Now that the low-key rioting has settled down, the Iron City will honor the Super Bowl champion Steelers with a parade through downtown this afternoon.
The Steelers' second Super Bowl championship parade in four years will follow the usual route of the city's St. Patrick's Day parade, starting at noon near Mellon Arena, winding through Downtown and ending at Gateway Center. 250,000 fans braved the cold to cheer on the Steelers after they last took home the trophy in 2006, and a similar crowd is expected today.
Meanwhile 4,000 forgiving fans welcomed home the NFC champion Cardinals at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport yesterday, but Phoenix and Glendale officials said they won't be throwing a consolation parade for the Super Bowl runner-ups.
· Pittsburgh Fans Celebrate But Don't Call It a Riot [Jaunted]
· Steelers Victory Parade To Be Held [KDKA]
· More than 4,000 welcome home Cardinals at airport [AZ Central]
· Super Bowl XLIII coverage [Jaunted]
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For your favorite celebrities, last night's Super Bowl XLIII between the Steelers and the Cardinals was really just the hangover brunch to a weekend of nonstop partying.
On Friday night Lindsay Lohan looked bored while girlfriend Samantha Ronson DJ'd with Benji and Joel Madden at the ESPN the Magazine Next Party in a downtown Tampa tent. (They later ran into Brody Jenner and girlfriend at the Maxim party in Ybor City.) Meanwhile, Paris Hilton showed off a new haircut at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino while M.C. Hammer, star of last night's Cash4Gold.com ads, mugged on the red carpet.
On Saturday, "Gossip Girl"'s Chace Crawford, Blake Lively and Penn Badgley faced off against Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian and their stepbro Brody Jenner in the DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl. Kim Kardashian was MIA for the game, probably because she was off prepping for the night's Leather and Laces Party, where she mugged for the cameras with co-hosts Jenny McCarthy and Carmen Electra. And Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, who just discovered Twitter, live-tweeted their attendance at The Giving Back Fund's "Big Game-Big Give" event in South Tampa, which provides guidance to entertainers who want to start their own charities. That's how we know that he pulled a stray hair out of her nose. Ew?
But there was one star everyone wanted to see, and she didn't even make the parties: Jennifer Hudson made her first public appearance since the tragic murders of her mother, brother and nephew in order to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the game. There wasn't a dry eye in the house -- and that was before the 100-yard interception!
· Arash Markazi: Super Bowl Party Report [SI.com]
· Five Super Bowl Parties To Watch Instead of The Game [Jaunted]
· Celeb Travel coverage [Jaunted]
The city's Oakland section, near the University of Pittsburgh, was ground zero for post-game revelry, where thousands flooded the streets, waving the yellow and gold and lighting what they could on fire. Police, who has barricaded several streets so that fans could celebrate without jumping on cars, reported no major incidents, just a few good-natured couch fires.
Down in Tampa, the Super Bowl itself went off with minimal bad behavior, as less than 30 fans were arrested, including two who tried to snatch someone else's tickets and sneak their way into the big game, and one particularly drunk driver who somehow managed to drive her way into a police horse.
Ah, the Super Bowl, gotta love a night that includes couch fires, driving into a horse, and dozens of arrests, but is considered surprisingly orderly.
At this point, it’s Friday and you’re watching the Super Bowl on TV--no Tampa for you. That’s okay, because we have the rundown on the best places to watch the game in Pittsburgh. Yesterday we revealed our picks in Arizona and warned you to get there early, but if you’re going to watch the game in the Steel City--reserve your barstool the day before.
It’s Thursday, and if you haven’t booked that flight to Tampa, you probably should start making plans to watch the game at home. If you’re a Cardinals fan and are based in the Grand Canyon State, we've got your picks on where to head for the big game. Of course, you could always stay at home, but you’ll need someone else to high-five besides your dog.
Despite the canceled parties and record $1,000 ticket prices, the NFL still estimates 100,000 gridiron fans will make their way to Tampa Bay this Sunday to attend Super Bowl XLIII. So you can bet traffic on the roads and security checkpoints will be a super nightmare.
The good news is you can drive in and park next to the Super Bowl stadium aka Raymond James Stadium, which is a few miles outside downtown and is right next to Tampa International Airport. But, as you can probably guess, it'll cost you. Parking permits, which must be purchased beforehand, cost $60 for a regular-sized car, and the parking lot opens for tailgating at 9 a.m. Sunday morning (officially there's no tailgating allowed of course, but we'll believe that when we see it). Taxis, which normally cost about $25, will also be allowed to drop off across the street from the stadium.
Otherwise you can take the public HART bus, which will be running to the stadium every half-hour starting at 12:35 p.m., picking up at several stops throughout downtown. But check out the detour routes on HART's website, because getting from some hotels to downtown looks like it could end up being a doozy.
· Super Bowl XLIII - Transportation [Official Site]
· Super Bowl XLIII Parking [Official Site]
· Big Plans for the Big Game [HART]
· The Super Bowl Party Scene: Now With Fewer Parties [Jaunted]
Alright, so you just decided that you want to watch your hometown team battle it out in this year’s Super Bowl. Congratulations, since we’ll assume you just won the lottery. If not, be prepared to pay.
For Cardinal fans, your best bet is to leave this Thursday and return to the Valley of the Sun on the Tuesday after the game. Obviously this will increase the hotel budget, but the flight will only set you back $259 on Frontier. The more traditional Friday to Monday schedule is going to cost you at least $966 on US Airways, but at least the flight to Tampa is non-stop!
For those in the Steeler Nation, things are a little easier on the wallet. Again the extra long weekend plan of Thursday to Tuesday comes out as the best deal--only $280 on Delta. Friday to Monday is looking at a cool $578 on Southwest, and you’re return (party?) flight will be non-stop into Pittsburgh.
If you’re still on the fence about going, make a decision already--the fares may already be outrageous, but that doesn’t mean the seats won’t fill up. Oh, and if your wallet still isn't bleeding, find a place to stay over at Hotelchatter.
·Super Bowl XLIII [Official Site]
·The Super Bowl Party Scene: Now With Fewer Parties [Jaunted]
·Super Bowl Travel coverage [Jaunted]
Even the Super Bowl—one of America's greatest standard bearers of extravagance and over-the-top commercialism—isn't immune from the recession blues.
No, they're not having any trouble selling those $3 million commercial slots, but it's looking like the week-long party in Tampa Bay is going to be a little less super than usual this year, with more than a few of the glitziest party planners giving it a pass.
The Washington Post reports Playboy and Sports Illustrated have both canceled their annual Super Bowl bashes while several talent agencies have done the same, and a celebrity golf tournament organized by two Tampa Bay Buccaneers players was canceled because of a lack of sponsors.
The NFL still expects 100,000 gridiron fans to make the trek to Tampa for Sunday's big game between Pittsburgh and Arizona. But don't expect any Britney/Justin bubble-era pop music at halftime—this year's show features the appropriately recession-friendly sounds of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
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Calling any football fans with money to burn. If your team didn’t make it to Super Bowl XLIII, but you still want to go, you might as well go in style to help heal your pain. Although taking a stretch Escalade from the airport is nice, we’re talking about chartering a private jet. (Cue TI's "You Can Have Whatever You Like.")
Charter Logic has put together some completely unaffordable packages aboard a private Beechjet 400 from pretty much anywhere in the lower 48 states. Choose your favorite executive airport, sign over your house, and your tickets will be in your inbox before you know it. Once at the game you’ll enjoy your suite on the 35-yard line with unlimited access to food, beer, and more beer.
Of course, you’ll still need to find a place to crash after the game. Hotelchatter is always a good place to start your search. Although, if you have the money to throw down on private transportation, finding a hotel at a reasonable price will be the least of your problems.
Bad new for you Eagles fans if you followed our advice and bought those cheap Philly-Tampa tickets ahead of time.
The birds went from hopeful to hapless as Arizona Cardinals stole their thunder and advanced to the team's first Super Bowl, where they will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 1st. Um. We're sorry? You can still go to Tampa of course and just root for the Steelers instead.
Phoenix-based fans can't get to Florida for quite as cheap as East-coasters, but those who can wait until Saturday to leave are looking at United's pretty reasonable $232 fare. Leaving Thursday or Friday, you'll have to shell out at least $352 as of the latest search.
But we bet you'll see more black-and-gold in the stands two weeks from now. Pittsburgh-Tampa flights are just $160 on Northwest, for those who can leave Wednesday or Saturday.