Super Bowl fever spreading fast

By Al Pefley  email

DELRAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) - One of the biggest sports events of the year is almost here!

The Super Bowl is being played in Miami, practically right in our own backyard, and Palm Beach county is hoping to get in on the action.

"Super Art and Jazz on the Avenue" drew thousands of people to downtown Delray Beach Thursday night.

With the Pro Bowl just a couple of days away, and the Super Bowl coming up soon, Palm Beach County is kicking things off, hoping to get people fired up and hoping to lure football fans to stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, and spend some time enjoying all that we have to offer.

"It's a great place to be this time of year. And whoever loves football is really gonna love being in Florida this time of year. And the spirit is very exciting," said Carla Zorovich, a fan from Boynton Beach.

"I think it's fantastic, with the way the economy and everything else is, it's just giving everybody an uplift," said Ed Hororwitz, another fan from Boynton Beach.

The last time a Super Bowl was held in Miami, in 2007, some said Palm Beach County didn't do enough to seize the opportunity to attract  fans here.

That year, the county had only one officially-sanctioned Super Bowl event. This time there are more than a dozen,  stretching from Riviera Beach to Boca.

"I think this time we're more organized and trying to be a part of this. So even if we were left out in 2007, we'll definitely have a presence this time," said Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, who attended Thursday night's celebration in Delray Beach.

Experts say the Pro Bowl January 31 and the Super Bowl  February 7 will have a $50 million impact on Palm Beach County.