Channelside Bay Plaza entertainment district (at the cruise ports on the east side of downtown) serves as the hot spot where music, fireworks, and star sightings fill the plazas around Banana Joes and Howl at the Moon clubs. Starting Monday, January 26, ESPN Radio broadcasts from the courtyard in front of Splitsville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with plenty of sports names dropping by for interviews (www.espnradio.com).
World-class rock concerts form the centerpiece of Bud Bowl 2009 at Channelside on January 30 and 31, the Friday and Saturday nights before the big game. For the latest lineup, check the Channelside Bay Plaza website.
Join the NFL Experience (January 24, 25, 29, 30, and 31) in the parking lots adjacent to Raymond James Stadium, the site of the Super Bowl. More than 50 interactive games entertain, including free sports clinics (measure your passing and kicking against the pros, call a game play-by-play), autograph sessions with the players, and NFL Coaches Chats. (Admission $18.50 adults. www.superbowl.com)