1-27-03, 9:45 a.m.
The Bengals hosted the region's largest Super Bowl Party Sunday night when more than 600 club seat patrons and their guests came to Paul Brown Stadium's West Club Lounge to watch Tampa Bay beat Oakland, 48-21, in Super Bowl XXXVII. Guests enjoyed complimentary food and drinks while watching the title game on one of 25 large televisions.
Fans were greeted by six Ben Gal cheerleaders and Bengals players Brian Simmons and Chris Edmonds, and a live musical performance of beach and Buffet tunes by the Pete Wagner Band. The Ben Gals and players then provided an autograph session at halftime for several hundred guests.
Besides the Bucs' defense, patrons had plenty of entertainment. More than one dozen free video and arcade games were in the club lounge, compliments of Bruce Walton of Walton Distributing. The Party also included Super Bowl Squares for score winners after each quarter, with prizes ranging from NFL winter coats and Bengals outerwear to logo merchandise. Official Super Bowl programs were raffled and guests could compare their knowledge of SB trivia.
Rich Tiberi, who attended the Party with his 7-year old son Blake, said, "This is a fabulous way to enjoy the Super Bowl. There are plenty of things for the kids to do." Added Dr. Arthur Pate, Jr., who attended with three of his friends, "The party provides an inviting atmosphere to watch the game, with plenty of televisions, excellent food and friendly staff. It was a great time."