NFL stars, celebrities descend upon Tampa

Super Bowl XLIII means super parties that will descend on the Tampa Bay area along with the big game itself.

This will be the fourth time the area will get to experience the big game and all the glory that comes with it.

This weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of your favorite NFL stars and Hollywood celebrities at a variety of football-flavored musical events. And if you’re not into all the fanfare, there’s plenty of good ol’ fashion football fun for the whole family at the NFL Experience.

To find out about these smashing Super Bowl-related activities, read on.


The NFL Experience

Pro Football’s answer to theme parks. The event is an interactive fan festival, featuring more than 50 interactive games and attractions that span nearly 850,000 square feet of space. Test your athleticism to see if you have what it takes to be a pro, then experience resistance training and other challenges. There’s also football-related games for ages 3-10 in the Kids’ Zone.

Collectors will love to peruse the Donruss Super Bowl XLIII Card Show. There, they will find an assortment of rare collectibles on display and get autographs from dozens of current and former NFL stars who will be on hand.

Fans can also stroll through the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Throwbacks Exhibit that showcases photos, artifacts and one-of-a-kind gems. Don’t forget to stop by the Super Bowl Store on the way out.

Die-hard NFL fans will get a chance to own a piece of football history at a live auction at 1 p.m. Saturday. Items on the auction block include Super Bowl programs from 1967 to 2008, a professional model jersey from Jim Brown of the Cleveland Browns and Tony Dorsett’s signed 1976 Pitt Panthers game model jersey.

Proceeds from tickets sales will benefit two NFL Youth Education Towns of Tampa Bay — Mort Park and Jackson Heights. Youth Education Towns were created to help at-risk youth academically and physically while providing job-related skills.

When: Continues today through Saturday and will be open at 11 a.m. Sunday for Super Bowl ticket holders only.

Hours: 3-9 p.m. today, 3-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Adjacent to Raymond James Stadium grounds, 4201 Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa

Tickets: $18.50 adults and $12.50 ages 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the gate. Since the event is presented by Bank of America, the bank’s customers are eligible for a 20 percent discount by vising www.ticketmaster.com

Information: (866) TIX-4NFL or visit www.superbowl.com

The Good Life Experience

This three-day event is hosted by P. Diddy, Deion Sanders and Winky Wright. Mingle with celebrities and indulge in food, folks and fantastic fun through parties, golf and other special activities.

When: Today through Saturday: 9 a.m. The Good Life Celebrity Golf Classic (today); 7-10 p.m. Saks Fifth Avenue Celebrity Sports Gala at the Westshore Mall, Tampa (today); 8 p.m. Champions of the Goodlife with Winky Wright (today) and Deion Sanders (Friday); 8 p.m. Icons of the Good Life party (Saturday)

Where: Most events are at The Venue, 2675 Ulmerton Road, St. Petersburg

Tickets and Information: For other details and ticket prices, visit www.good lifeexperience.com

NFLX After Dark

Party hardy for this adults-only bash

When: 9 p.m. to midnight today

Where: Adjacent to Raymond James Stadium, 4201 Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa

Tickets: $10

Information: www.ticketmaster.com

VH1 Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash

This event will be broadcast live on VH1 with host Jerry O’Connell. Music entertainment includes Rihanna, Fall Out Boy and Lifehouse.

When: Doors open 6 p.m.

Where: Ford Amphitheater, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa

Tickets: $20-$45

Information: www.ticketmaster.com

Aja’s Super Bowl Kickoff Party

Featured will be DJ AM and DJ Jazzy Jeff and their four-turntable performance

When: 9 p.m.-3 a.m. today

Where: Aja, 90 S. Meridian Ave., Tampa

Tickets: $50

Information: (813) 373-2633 or visit www.ajachannelside.com


Pepsi Musica Super Bowl Fiesta

The second day of Pepsi’s musical bash features hosts Leti Coo, Jessi Losada and Karim Mendiburu with Grammy-winning artist Enrique Iglesisas and Latin artist Belanova. If you can’t make it to the show or want to see yourself there, check out Telemundo Saturday night.

When: Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: Ford Amphitheater, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa

Tickets: $20-$45

Information: www.ticketmaster.com

Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

Inspirational music and messages will highlight this 10th annual event.

Featured will be award-winning artists such as Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Kirk Franklin, Anita Baker, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, Jaci Velasquez, The Winans and many more.

Returning this year will be the popular NFL Players All-Star Choir.

When: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday

Where: SunDome at the University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa

Tickets: $35-$75

Information: www.ticketmaster.com or (813) 974-3002

Aja’s Friday Night Blitz Super Bowl Party

Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson, stars of the E! Entertainment’s reality show “The Girls Next Door,” will host this star-studded NFL celebrity event.

Celebrity DJ Scene will provide musical entertainment.

When: 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday

Where: Aja, 290 S. Meridian Ave., Tampa

Tickets: $300 per person, includes open bar

Information: (813) 373-2633 or visit www.ajachannelside.com


Budweiser and Bud Light will present the two-night concert event of “One Night Stand” with Snoop Dogg, 3 Doors Down and a few special surprises. Must be 21 or older to party.

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Channelside

Tickets: This is an invitation-only event. Free invitations are available in area bars, clubs, restaurants and radio station giveaways that promote Budweiser. Invitations will not be available on the evening of the shows.


Third Annual DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl

Flag football fans unite to watch Hollywood celebrities go head-to-head with NFL Hall of Farmers. A concert will end this festive bowl match.

When: 1:30 p.m. pre-game show; 2:30 p.m. kickoff followed by a 3:30 p.m. concert Saturday

Where: Progress Energy Park, 201 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg

Super bowl Breakfast

NFL film highlights and personal stories will be shared during the breakfast featuring Bart Starr, Tony Dungy, Derrick Brooks, Anthony Munoz and other NFL personalities.

The Bart Starr Award will also be given to a NFL player

When: 8 a.m. Saturday

Where: SunDome

Tickets: $20

Information: www.ticketmaster.com or www.superbowlbreakfast.com

Aja’s Athletes and Angels Super Bowl Party

Join Pamela Anderson as she hosts this event with several NFL personalities. Music will be provided by DJ Vice.

When: 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday

Where: Aja, 290 S. Meridian Ave., Tampa

Information: (813) 373-2633 or visit www.ajachannelside.com