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Super Bowl ticket drops below $1,500 for cheap seats

TAMPA — The price for the cheapest Super Bowl tickets fell below $1,500 on Monday.

For $1,498, someone could buy a ticket in the upper-level 328 section of Raymond James Stadium, according to listings on the NFL's ticket exchange. Similar prices were available through the StubHub and LiveStub ticket sites.

By comparison, the lowest price for a similar seat one week ago was $1,814.

Meanwhile, the supply of tickets being offered online is rising, according to LiveStub.

LiveStub, which tracks tickets offered through its own site and on the NFL's ticket exchange, said there were 1,607 tickets on those sites a week ago. But that went from 2,285 on Saturday to 2,536 on Sunday to 2,665 on Monday.

StubHub did not show the same three-day trend. The supply of tickets offered through its site rose from 1,193 to 1,256 between Saturday and Sunday then fell to 894 on Monday.

It's not just game tickets that are being discounted.

On Friday, organizers of Brian Griese and Kevin Carter's Inside the Huddle Party dropped ticket prices from $800 to $500 each.

The party, Friday night at Shula's Steak House in Tampa, benefits Judi's House, a nonprofit created to help grieving children and families, and the Kevin Carter Foundation, which works on behalf of children in need. To learn more, visit www.judishouse.org.

For updates, check blogs.tampabay.com/superbowl.

Exclusive party: Classic rockers Journey and R&B sensation John Legend will play the invite-only NFL Tailgate Party outside Raymond James Stadium on Sunday. The posh event starts at noon. Who gets to go? About 10,000 of the NFL's closest friends, mostly corporate sponsors and media partners, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

A tale to tell: McCarthy told tales Monday about the rough and tumble world of Super Bowl public relations at a breakfast hosted by the local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

There was the time he accompanied Paul McCartney, the halftime show entertainment, to a news conference and it came to his attention that McCartney's fly might be down.

It was the year after Janet Jackson exposed her breast on national television during the halftime show and attributed it to a "wardrobe malfunction."

"We never wanted to hear those words again," McCarthy said. So he took action.

"I did approach Sir Paul and whispered into his ear, 'I think we're about to have a wardrobe malfunction. Can you check your zipper?' Indeed, it was down."

McCartney zipped up. Crisis avoided.

Show me the money: Drew Brees often seems untouchable as the Saints quarterback. But until two years ago, he was still explaining to bankers why his credit score took a hit after he stopped paying a cell phone bill his junior year in college.

He shared this with a group of students from Armwood: "Save your money, live within your means and understand that your credit score is your financial report card."

Bucs RB Warrick Dunn and Florida CFO Alex Sink offered similar advice when they announced plans to distribute a video game called Financial Football to high schools and libraries across Florida.

The lessons rang home to Kristian Calibuso, 17, a baseball player and Armwood senior, who took the advice seriously. And it didn't hurt that the event was staged in the middle of the school day.

"We enjoyed getting out of school to be with the football players," he said.

Super Bowl ticket drops below $1,500 for cheap seats 01/27/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 12:01pm]
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