If you haven’t scored a much sought-after ticket, you are not alone. In fact, of the 125,000 fans planning to come to South Florida, only 75,000 will attend the game. Most won’t have tickets unless they are affiliated with the NFL, corporate sponsors, or media outlets. A few lucky souls – 500 to be exact – won tickets through the annual Super Bowl random drawing last summer but they make up less than one percent of the fans who will be inside Sun Life Stadium on Feb. 7.

You may be the lucky one, though, because you get to enjoy all the excitement of Super Bowl Week in South Florida without the hassle of stadium parking or standing in long lines. And you might be even luckier when you visit one of South Florida’s many casinos during Super Bowl Week.

Area casinos and gambling venues are planning a variety of festivities to help everyone celebrate Super Bowl Week with special promotions, first-class entertainment, and concerts. On the night of the Super Bowl, all of the casinos will be showing live broadcasts of the game with several places having special “watch” parties.

If you still want to be near the fan frenzy, head over to the brand new casino at Calder Casino and Race Course, located only one mile from the Sun Life Stadium. A longtime member of South Florida’s sports and entertainment industry, Calder Race Course opened its $85 million casino in January in anticipation of both Super Bowl XXLIV and the NFL Pro Bowl.

“”We’re really excited about the Super Bowl,” says Tammy Gantt, director of advertising for Calder. “We can actually see the stadium from our facility, so we expect larger crowds.”

Calder is rolling out the red carpet for those crowds, too, with valet parking, self-service terminals for pari-mutuel wagering, and three new restaurants. The 104,000-square-foot casino has 1,225 Vegas-style slot machines, making it the first slots and gaming facility at a Thoroughbred horse track in Miami-Dade County.

In addition, the state-of-the-art Studz Poker Club at Calder opened last October with 29 well-spaced tables. The club features several amenities, including a massage service right at the tables and a roving teller who takes pari-mutuel wagers for the live and simulcast horse races. Studz has a unique room layout with a raised supervisor’s podium and specially-designed Gasser chairs for extreme comfort. The weekly tournament schedule is highlighted by the $550 Deep Stack Tournament held every Saturday at 11 a.m. and numerous other tournaments throughout the week. Free lessons are also available to new players.

Magic City Casino, located near the Miami International Airport, also has Super Bowl fever with events planned all week, including a concert by the Grammy Award winning group Los Lobos on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 3 p.m. Ticket information is available at www.magiccitycasino.com.

Formerly known as the Flagler Greyhound Race Course, Magic City Casino added 700 Vegas-style slot machines last October and now offers both gaming and premier greyhound racing. This will be the facility’s first Super Bowl Week as a casino, and larger-than-usual crowds are expected.

On Feb. 4, Magic City will host a Doggy Dinner Theatre complete with games, cash prizes, and giveaways. Live greyhound racing begins at 8 p.m. A live DJ in the Tres Hermanos bar kicks off the weekend on Friday, Feb. 5.

Game day will find big screen televisions tuned into Super Bowl LLXIV so that patrons won’t miss a minute of the sports extravaganza while enjoying Magic City Casino’s restaurants, casino, or friendly poker room.

Special promotions throughout Super Bowl Week are also planned at Mardi Gras Casino at the Hollywood Racetrak. Play the more than 1,300 Vegas-style slots and 30 action-packed poker tables in an always festive atmosphere. And, of course, the Super Bowl game will be shown on big-screens throughout the casino.

Let’s face it — the Super Bowl is as much about spotting the celebrities as it is football. And what better place to bump into someone famous than the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, where a variety of star-studded Super Bowl-related events are planned.

Rooms at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel have been sold-out for months, but the casino has made arrangements with other hotels in the area to accommodate the extra volume of guests by offering shuttles to the Hard Rock Casino.

Blues legends B.B. King and Buddy Guy are slated to perform on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Live, a state-of-the art concert facility next to the casino. Ticket information is available at www.ticketmaster.com.

Miami’s own NFL great Jerry Rice will host a celebrity gala to benefit the Buoniconti Fund on Thursday, Feb. 4. Expected to attend are sports legends Joe Montana, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman, Steve Young, and many more.

The public is invited to attend the “Rock ‘N Soul” party with super sports agent Drew Rosenhaus at the Hard Rock Live on Friday, Feb. 5. Tickets are $100 per person and are available at the Hard Rock Live Box Office or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

And, of course, there is Super Bowl Sunday when the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will begin the day with the “Big Game Brunch, where 48 NFL cheerleaders will sign autographs. Former NFL coach and current FOX broadcaster Jimmy Johnson, along with several other celebrities, will host a trivia contest and silent auction. Tickets are $150 per person and are available at the hard Rock Live Box Office.

Settle down to watch the Super Bowl with a few thousand other fans at the “Watch Party” beginning at 5 p.m. in the air-conditioned Hard Rock Live venue. Enjoy food and drink specials and special appearances by the Lingerie Football League Girls.

“For those who don’t have tickets to the game, the “Watch Party” will be the best of both worlds,” says Ryan Rogers, public relations manager for the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Some folks just don’t want to be caught up in the Super Bowl hoopla and would prefer to do their gaming at locations where it may be a little less crowded. If you want to get farther away from the Super Bowl traffic and still enjoy South Florida’s casinos and gaming venues, head to the northern part of Broward County.

The Isle of Capri Casino & Racing at Pompano Park features 1,500 Vegas-style slots, a 34-table poker room, and three restaurants. Just a little farther north is the Seminole Casino at Coconut Creek, a first-class facility with 1,500 Vegas-style and bingo style slot machines and a poker room that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

No matter which South Florida casino or gaming facility you choose to visit, though, you’ll experience the unequivocal excitement of Super Bowl Week. No ticket required!

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