The greatest spectacle in American sports returns to South Florida as Miami makes final preparations to host Super Bowl XLI on February 4, 2007, when the top teams in the National Football Conference (NFC) and American Football Conference (AFC) will battle for the National Football League (NFL) championship. More than 125,000 people are expected to descend upon Miami for Super Bowl XLI and – just as Super Bowl tickets are a rare commodity these days – Miami area hotel rooms have been filling up fast and many top online hotel providers are already running low on inventory.
“HotelsCorp.com still has room availability at some of our Miami partner hotels but as the NFL teams are narrowed down during the playoffs, room availability during Super Bowl week will become more and more scarce,” said Kyle Collins, Director of Interactive Marketing for HotelsCorp.com, a leading online vacation provider. “Therefore, if you haven’t booked your accommodations yet and you plan on heading to Miami for the Super Bowl, you should definitely reserve a hotel room as soon as possible.”
Approximately 90,000 hotel rooms are available throughout South Florida – from Miami to West Palm Beach. However, the NFL has already reserved approximately one out of five hotel rooms in South Florida to accommodate its staff and sponsors, as well as the media, for Super Bowl XLI. In addition, many Miami hotels have imposed a 3- to 4-night minimum stay during Super Bowl XLI week (and at least one luxury hotel in Miami has imposed a seven-night minimum!). Some hotels also have doubled – and in some cases tripled – their normal room rates for guests during Super Bowl XLI week.
Location is definitely a key consideration when you research the appropriate hotel to book during your stay in Miami for Super Bowl XLI. The Super Bowl itself will take place at Dolphin Stadium (the home field of the Miami Dolphins) in Miami Gardens, which lies 16 miles Northwest of downtown Miami. Therefore, Bal Harbour, Coconut Grove, Miami Beach (including bustling South Beach), downtown Miami and other Miami area locales provide easy access to Super Bowl XLI, while offering a myriad of recreational opportunities during your stay.
“Miami Beach has become a very popular vacation destination for the whole family,” said Collins. “Whether you’re interested in sunbathing, sightseeing, golfing, world-class dining, abundant shopping opportunities or nonstop nightlife, there’s something for everyone in Miami Beach.”
Super Bowl XLI will be the ninth Super Bowl hosted in Miami since 1968 and the fourth to be played at the 75,000-seat Dolphin Stadium. Annually the country’s highest-rated TV program, Super Bowl XLI will be televised by CBS. Last year’s telecast was watched by more than 141 million viewers. Pre-game activities begin at Dolphin Stadium at 5:40 PM Eastern Time with Prince set to perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show. The Super Bowl returns to South Florida in 2010.