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Herrera
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Post Number: 86
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Posted on Monday, January 16, 2006 - 11:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am considering flying in for the superbowl.
My concerns are spending more downtown than for the plane ticket. Are bars going to be doing private parties and I will be out of luck? I expect that if I come I should get downtown by noon so I have a parking spot.

Where is everyone going to be? Any suggestions on which bars/resteraunts I could hang all afternoon and evening to stay in from the cold and watch the game?
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Broken_main
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 3:21 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Herrera, where are you flying in from??

There are a lot of places that are having parties. your assumption on cost is probably accurate. I know a lot of the forumers frequent the local bars and may have some inside ifo on whats going on during the week at the downtown watering holes I am sure there will be a cover at a majority of the places.

As far as parking...hmmm. Detroit is the Downtown parking capital of the world(lol) I know there are going to be a lot of folks here, but I seriously doubt every friggin space will be spoken for( I could be wrong, But I just don't see it)

I have seen some places charging $50 to get in and some the tickets are $1200*(at Penthouse) and $1995(Playboy) I just had a list emailed to me at home and I will post all of the happenings tomorrow.
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Atl_runner
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 11:13 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'll be in town too and am looking for the same type of info. Want to watch as close to FF as possible. 50 dollars isn't bad, but 1200 and 2k? Wow. Awesome that the expensive parties are there though. What's up with DBC and Bookies? Who has the best large high def screens?
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Lurker
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 11:16 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There was an article in Sunday's paper that the Hilton Garden Inn will be hosting a tent party for $20/person.
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Adamjab19
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 12:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Speaking to the Bookies bartender last wednesday she claimed that they are having their party above bookies in a floor or two of the Book tower. I'll see if I can figure more out.
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Supersport
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 4:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I know Delux will be open to the public. If I make it out to the bars this weekend (can't imagine any scenario where I wouldn't), I'll ask around and try and come up with a list.
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Treez4brkfst
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 4:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I heard the DBC will be closed for a private gig.
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Udmphikapbob
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Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 5:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

this thread needs to stay alive. does anybody have a list of places that are going to be open to the public? or places that are charging cover under $50pp? i want to get a few people together to come down, but right now i have no idea where to go. i just know i'm parking at fairlane and taking a bus.
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Supersport
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Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 9:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Dude, chill. Allow time for Supersport and his street prophets to hit the streets and gather up info.
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Audible_nectar
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Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 10:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If there are establishments downtown setting up "viewing parties" at a charge you had better hope that they got advance OK from the NFL. The NFL requires advance approval of any such happenings.

This is particularly enforced in the host city, as well as the cities of the two participating teams. The jist of the rules are as follows - any of these can only be done with express permission from the NFL:

1). Any establishment is to use ONLY the display devices (TV's) that are normally used in the normal course of daily operations.

2). No charging or "cover" to view the game.

3). No use of diplays in excess of 60".

4) No use of the term "Super Bowl" to promote any for profit establishment without consent from the NFL (which is why you see and hear advertisements saying "Watch the 'big game' here" or "win tickets to the 'big game' here", when they are really talking about the Super Bowl).

There was a big hullabaloo in Las Vegas two years ago, when the NFL began sending cease and desist letters to casino-hotels offering "Super Bowl Party" events as ticketed and packaged deals. The NFL firmly put it's foot down and ordered the casinos to stop hosting parties out of the norm of daily business operations. The NFL also places officials in the host city and participating team cities to look for transgressions.

I mention this because this was an issue in Jax last year - I went and could not get a ticket - so I looked in the downtown pedestrian party area for a screen or bar to watch the game. What few indoor places existed were either booked for private party or so full you couldn't get in, and the large outdoor screens (which the host committee said initially would show the game) were blank. When I asked the more official looking security and police why no game on the large outdoor screens, they said it was the NFL's call. I then drove the 20 minute drive to Atlantic Beach to see the game at my sister's place.

So my advice is this: If you are planning to come to Downtown Detroit on gameday without tickets, and are looking for a place to view the game, have a backup plan - the party you plan on attending may not occur as expected, unless it follows NFL guidelines and permissions or manages to avoid the watchful eyes of the NFL personnel.

From what I am reading from the POV of an outsider coming to the Super Bowl, it seems the media and the "powers that be" are discouraging the ticketless from coming Downtown on gameday (which is why the "Winter Blast" schedule shows it is closing at 1PM on gameday).

Why does the NFL shun large public viewings and paid for admission parties for the Super Bowl? Because the advertisers paid 2.5 million for a 30 second spot - and they want you to see those ads.

I wouldn't much worry about NFL hassles in most places - but they will be watching downtown Detroit.
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Ray1936
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Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 11:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Heck, get a cheapie Southwest Airlines flight out to Las Vegas. Go to any sports book on or off the strip and watch the game on two dozen HD screens. Bet a bob or two while you're at it and get a free beer and dog for your bet. Heck, you might even win.

Besides that, the weather's sunny and mild. Now back to the Detroit forum...............
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Udmphikapbob
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Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 12:12 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i was in vegas that year, and it was awesome! we got our ticket fees refunded, and then we got free beer from coors, and free food while we watched the game in a big hall at the orleans.

i made money on carolina in the first half, and the pats to win, i think...

sport, i feel at ease knowing that the prophets are on the case. i just like to plan something like this in advance, so i'm not one of the dummies wandering around in the cold looking for a place to see the game. i wanted to keep the thread alive so those with better connections than i wouldn't forget.
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Wpitonya
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - 8:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Any places charging less than $50 downtown...I am driving in from South Carolina with two friends...I want to show them a good time in the D without getting screwed and walking around with nowhere to go during the game.
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Supersport
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 8:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A quick list of bars open to the public. Let me know if anybody hears otherwise or of any additional ones to add. Also note, some will be charging a cover charge at the door.

DBC
Coach's Corner
The Well
Bookies
Town Pump
Beaubien Street
Detroiter
Delux
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Lghart
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 8:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks SS, all of us out of towners were waiting for the list!
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Thrice
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Post Number: 64
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 10:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sport, while those place are open to the public it might be semi-misleading as "OPEN".

ala Coaches charging $100 a head.

But some are decent like Bookies and DBC ~20ish

Not sure about the rest.

Caveat empor

(Message edited by thrice on January 28, 2006)

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