The NFL Experience

Tampa Travel Blog

 › entry 2 of 2 › view all entries
Yeah baby!!

Got up this morning around 9:30. I left the house at 10:30 and stopped for breakfast at Waffle House. I thought my drive down MLK Blvd would be a slow drive to the stadium. Not at all. Drove all the way with no traffic problems and parked the Jeep quickly. Had a nice little walk to the stadium due to the sidewalks being open only at the intersections.  It's a nice 60 degrees!!

Had to wait in line to buy the NFL Experience tickets for about 45 minutes. Bought a ticket holder with a superbowl pin for $10.00. The place was crowded but everyone was having a good time. I did not do any of the games. I walked around taking pictures. Everything had a line you had to wait in even the NFL Store. You just had to be patient. They had a lot of stuff for the kids to do.

Superbowl XLIII
Upper Deck trading cards were taking pictures of you and putting it on a card for free. 

My best experience was to see the Vince Lombardi Trophy in person. Took some great pictures of it. It's 22 inches tall and a weight of 7 pounds. Vincent Thomas Lombardi (June 11, 1913 ��" September 3, 1970) was an American football coach. He was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers of the NFL from 1959-67, winning five league championships during his 9 years. Following a one-year retirement from coaching in 1968, he returned as head coach of the Washington Redskins for the 1969 season. Lombardi's record in the post-season was 9-1, the loss coming in the first of those games, the 1960 NFL Championship Game.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy is the trophy awarded each year to the winning team of the National Football League's annual championship game, the Super Bowl.

The NFL Experience
The trophy was originally called the "World Championship Game Trophy" in 1967, when the Super Bowl was originally named the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. It was renamed in 1970 in memory of legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi after his sudden death from cancer to commemorate his victories in the first two Super Bowls.

Since Super Bowl XXX, it is presented to the winning team's owner on the field following the game. Previously, it was presented inside the winning team's locker room. The trophy, created by Tiffany & Co. is valued at $15,500, and depicts a regulation-size football in kicking position that is made entirely of sterling silver, standing 23 inches (58 cm) tall, weighing 7 pounds (3.2 kg), it takes approximately four months and 72 man-hours to create.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The words "Vince Lombardi Trophy" are engraved and the NFL shield is affixed in a separate item onto the base. After the trophy is awarded, it is sent back to Tiffany's to be engraved with the winning team's name, the date and final score of the Super Bowl, and then is sent back to the winning team for them to keep. For the first four games, both the NFL and the AFL logos were in the center of the trophy. Starting from Super Bowl V through XLII, the NFL shield with more than 20 stars has been on the forefront. As of Super Bowl XLIII  newer, modernized NFL shield (with eight stars and a rotated football designed akin to that atop the trophy) replaced the older logo.

The team is allowed to keep the trophy at their own facility, with one notable exception being the trophy that the then-Baltimore Colts won in Super Bowl V.

Me
The city of Baltimore, Maryland retained the trophy the team had from that Super Bowl as part of the legal settlement between the team and the city after the Colts' infamous "Midnight Mayflower" move to Indianapolis, Indiana on March 29, 1984. Since then, both the Colts and the Baltimore Ravens have won the Super Bowl and earned their own trophies outright.

As of 2008, the San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Dallas Cowboys are tied with five Vince Lombardi Trophies apiece. The New York Giants, New England Patriots,Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins are all tied for fourth with three apiece.

It cost $10.00 to park and $18.50 for the NFL Experience.  Not a bad day at all. The crowds were huge and everyone was in a good mood and the weather was fantastic!!! What a good day of fun!!

bkretzer says:
After seeing the title of your blog, I was going to start hating you, because I thought you were going to the Super Bowl. But, you are safe from my evil thoughts now. I had forgotten where you call home. The one really bad thing about Denver, is that until we get a domed stadium (and Invesco is only 8 years old and sentiment here is against domes overall)we will never host a Super Bowl.
Posted on: Feb 01, 2009
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Yeah baby!!
Yeah baby!!
Superbowl XLIII
Superbowl XLIII
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy
Me
Me
Ticket for the NFL Experience
Ticket for the NFL Experience
Upper Deck trading cards where mak…
Upper Deck trading cards where ma…
Superbowl XLIII
Superbowl XLIII
Superbowl XLIII
Superbowl XLIII
Superbowl XLIII
Superbowl XLIII
Superbowl XLIII
Superbowl XLIII
Cardinal and Steeler fans side by …
Cardinal and Steeler fans side by…
Superbowl XLIII
Superbowl XLIII
Superbowl XLIII
Superbowl XLIII
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
The NFL Experience
Cowboys
Cowboys
Panthers
Panthers
Jets
Jets
Bears
Bears
The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy
The Vince Lombardi Trophy
Steeler Fans
Steeler Fans
Raymond James Stadium host Superbo…
Raymond James Stadium host Superb…
Raymond James Stadium host Superbo…
Raymond James Stadium host Superb…
Raymond James Stadium host Superbo…
Raymond James Stadium host Superb…
Superbowl Parking on SUNDAY $100.0…
Superbowl Parking on SUNDAY $100.…
Buccaneers Flag
Buccaneers Flag
Buccaneers Headquarters
Buccaneers Headquarters
Buccaneers Headquarters
Buccaneers Headquarters
Sponsored Links
Tampa
photo by: ejames01