Super Bowl specials

Area businesses offer game-day deals for football fans

Before Super Bowl Sunday, Eliso Maranzana researches his choice of big screen televisions at Best Buy on Archer Road on Tuesday.

CHRISTINA STUART/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 1:22 a.m.
All-you-can-eat buffets, all-you-can-drink beer specials and big screen TV rentals are just a few of the ways football fans around Gainesville can spend this year's Super Bowl Sunday.
Sports bars like Kazbor's, Gator's Dockside and Weazer's are all offering their own specials for sports fans trying to catch the action between the Patriots and the Panthers.
At Kazbor's Sports Grille on NW 39th Avenue, patrons can enjoy 35-cent wings all day long in addition to other specials, said Heather Llana, the front of house manager.
Similarly, diners at Weazer's Sports Bar and Grill on SW 34 Street, can enjoy various food and drink specials, including a $9.99 buffet that includes pizza and wings.
Weazer's is also offering a championship series of Madden, the popular XBox and Playstation football game. Those who are interested can come in for preliminary match-ups the day before the Super Bowl, followed by final play-offs the day of the game.
"It will be like our own little mini Super Bowl here," said John Tatone, the bar manager at Weazer's.
Down the street at Gator's Dockside, reservations are being made as patrons have begun to reserve their seats for the big game.
Fifty dollars will get you a seat to watch the game on one of four big screen TVs or any of the 20 smaller TVs available, along with an all-you-can-eat buffet and more.
While Gator's Dockside general manager Shane Plank said that many people have been slow to book their spots, he expects to reach capacity by the day of the Super Bowl.
"A lot of people have been waiting until the last minute to see who is in the game," Plank said.
For fans looking to stay at home for this year's game, a big screen HDTV may be in order.
"A lot more big screens are going out this time of year," said Howard Print, a sales product specialist at Best Buy. "Everybody wants a good picture."
Print, who works in the TV department in the Best Buy store on Archer Road in Gainesville, said that new High Definition or HDTVs have been more popular this year than in the past.
For football fans looking to take the plunge into big screen ownership, Best Buy is offering various sales and offers on its sets. Print also said that any set purchased before 3 p.m. on the Saturday before the game can be delivered before the start of the game on Sunday.
"We don't keep them in stock as much," Print said. "But right around this time, the warehouse sends more because of the demand for them."
While some fans are ready to splurge on a new television set, others may not be ready for the commitment. These football fans may want to check out a rent-to-own center like Colortyme on Archer Road.
Shoppers who want to ease into the decision can choose the rent-to-own path, paying about $30 per month toward ownership of a big screen set.
Short-term rental payments are also available for those who would just like to have the set in their home for the Super Bowl. In fact, Colortyme assistant manager George Diaz said, some people will rent the sets in order to have two big screens in their home for the game.

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