Monday, February 2, 2009

Tampa Battleflag flies without Controversy

Big Confederate flag is no flap for Super Bowl weekend
By Chandra Broadwater, Times Staff Writer
Thursday, January 29, 2009

TAMPA — The Super Bowl is in town. So is the world's largest Confederate flag.

But groups on both sides of the 1,800-square foot flag that flies over the junction of Interstates 4 and 75 aren't so concerned about a potential black eye for the city or the game.

Some wonder if many football fans will even see it. The flag is planted just east of Tampa, miles from many of the Super Bowl events and hotels.

"We're not much interested in this event," said Marion Lambert, who heads the local Sons of Confederate Veterans group that owns the giant battle flag.