TAMPA (WFLA) – The National Football League will kick off Super Bowl LV festivities Friday night with the grand opening of the Super Bowl Experience which spans across Tampa’s riverfront.
The NFL’s temporary “amusement park” for fans taking place at Julian B. Lane Park, will kick off with the delivery of the Vince Lombardi Trophy where it will remain on display for fans to visit through Saturday, Feb. 6.
The NFL’s crown jewel will be delivered virtually by NFL Hall of Famer, Super Bowl XXXVII Champion, and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Derrick Brooks.
Roxanne Cameron, who is actually a suite attendant at Raymond James Stadium, visited the Super Bowl Experience with her son, Kyle French, on Friday. The two of them were second in line to take a picture with the trophy.
“I got to see the Vince Lombardi Trophy,” said French, “And let me tell you, that was absolutely spectacular. I have never seen it before in person.”
“I have the chills,” said Cameron. “I honestly do! My hands were shaking when the lady went to scan my phone for the picture. I had to have my son hold it because I could not hold still.”
Cameron witnessed one Super Bowl while she was working at U.S. Bank Stadium, the home of the Minnesota Vikings, years ago but she will witness NFL history at the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Feb. 7.
“I am from Minnesota,” she said, “So I have been a very loyal Vikings fan for years but the team they have here, they are incredible. To host the Super Bowl here in Tampa with the Tampa Bay Bucs is unbelievable. I really wanted it and, now, I got it. We got it. Our team got it.”
For those looking for tickets to the Super Bowl Experience, you are out of luck as no walk-ups, no stand-by, no ticket transfers are taking place.
But good news: Over at Curtis Hixon Park, you’ll find food vendors, rotating DJ’s and other attractions to get you pumped for game day.