MIAMI -- Super Bowl XXXIII, which kicks off here from Pro Player
Stadium on Jan. 31, home of the Miami Dolphins, will have no
shortage of hotel rooms, according to the South Florida Super Bowl
XXXIII Host Committee.
Although a mere 75,192 persons can sit in the stadium, the
spectacle is expected to be viewed on television by 150 million
persons in the U.S. and 950 million worldwide. As far as the hotels
are concerned, however, the key figure is 140,000. That is the
number of visitors the committee is estimating will come in the
week before the event and stay an average of five nights. Many of
these visitors will not even go to the game, according to Melanie
Gomez, assistant director of the host committee. "They'll be here
mostly for the excitement," she said.
To ensure rooms for them the host committee has set up a hotel
hot line, (954) 969-6000, which will refer callers to properties
that have available rooms. The hot line will operate around the
clock until the Super Bowl, she said. It will offer information on
room availability for agents and visitors, who are expected to make
bookings directly with hotels.
The database includes more than 200 properties, Gomez said,
located in Miami-Dade County, Broward County and Palm Beach County.
Not many rooms are in the area's most visible properties. That is
because their rooms, if not the entire inventories, have been
blocked off by the National Football League and major
The Inter-Continental Miami, for example, will be the
headquarters hotel for the NFL. The nearby Hyatt Regency Miami
downtown has been commandeered as the press and media center. The
Miami Hilton Airport has been reserved as home for one of the
contending Super Bowl finalists. The Pier 66, in Fort Lauderdale,
will accommodate the other team.
Operators manning the hot-line phones ask callers what price
range they want, Gomez said. A computer program randomly specifies
six properties in that price range, she said. The computer also can
list properties in any of three counties, she added, but not in
specific localities. However, one can request availabilities for a
specific hotel. Gomez said the list of room availabilities is being
updated on a weekly basis.
Hot-line operators do not make reservations but refer callers to
the specific hotels, she said, as well as supply reservations phone
Although hotels in the database are spread across three
counties, the distance to Pro Player Stadium is no more than about
50 miles from any place in South Florida. That is because the
stadium is located midway between downtown Miami and Fort
Visitors who come here will not have only the game to watch on
Super Bowl Sunday. That is because the preceding week is packed
with many special events. However, one commodity connected to the
game is likely to be in short supply: tickets. These start at $325
for an end zone seat.