Today show presents two-hour broadcast on Super Bowl Sunday from the Buccaneer Cove in Tampa
That's because the show is going to spend serious amounts of time here leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl broadcast, including a two-hour show at 9 a.m. Sunday from the Buccaneer Cove at Raymond James Stadium.
That show will feature as its centerpiece anchor Matt Lauer's interview with President Obama at the White House (doesn't Obama even get Super Bowl Sunday off?), and the rest of the Today show crew in Tampa, including Meredith Vieira, Al Roker and Ann Curry.
On Saturday, Al heads over to Universal Studios in Orlando -- you don't think an NBC-Universal show like Today would come this close to its corporate cousin amusement park without sticking in a plug, would you? He'll then return to Tampa in time to join the whole gang, minus Matt.
It's such a big deal, NBC is delaying Meet the Press for an hour to make room for the two-hour extravaganza, with David Gregory taking the airwaves at 11 a.m. on Sunday. (Gregory, heir to the late Tim Russert, didn't even get the first NBC interview with President Obama -- how weird is that?)
Looks like Al will be earning his pay at the peacock network this week.
Click below to see the Today show's entire itinerary:
'TODAY' GOES TO THE SUPER BOWL
The "Today" Show Will Broadcast a Special Two-Hour Program Live From Buccaneer Cove in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Super Bowl Sunday
Matt Lauer Sits Down With President Barack Obama Live During NBC's Super Bowl Pre-Game
"Today" Kicks Off Its Super Bowl Coverage Thursday, January 29 with Al Roker Live from Tampa
New York - January 27, 2009 - America's first family is traveling to Tampa to experience America's signature sporting event, the Super Bowl. In a special edition of "Today" on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, Meredith Vieira, Al Roker and Ann Curry will broadcast live from the famed Buccaneer Cove at Raymond James Stadium, and Matt Lauer will broadcast live from the White House lawn. As previously announced, Lauer will be in our nation's capital for his exclusive sit down interview with President Barack Obama, which will air live during NBC's Super Bowl Pre-Game. More of Lauer's interview will air Monday, February 2 on "Today," with Lauer live from Washington.
During "Today's" special two-hour Super Bowl program, beginning at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT, Meredith, Al and Ann will give viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look the sights, sounds, parties and food of the big game as well as the preparations that go into Super Sunday. They will also explore the city of Tampa, and experience the local Super Bowl fever. And, NBC's Tiki Barber will get a VIP tour of the stadium from his twin brother and Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ronde Barber.
"Today" kicks-off its Super Bowl coverage with Al Roker broadcasting live from historic Ybor City, Tampa's Latin Quarter, Thursday, January 29. Meredith Vieira will join him Friday, January 30 to broadcast live from the NFL Experience, the pro football interactive fan festival set up at the stadium. For a special Saturday edition of "Today," January 31, Al Roker will be joined by NBC News' Jenna Wolfe live from Universal Studios in Orlando with Lester Holt live from Studio 1A in New York. The festivities in Tampa will continue though Monday, February 2, with a split edition of "Today" as Meredith and Al recap the big game from Tampa, and Matt and Ann broadcast live from New York.