No Doubt Super Bowl Halftime Show


Super Bowl XXXVII had originally been scheduled to be played in San Francisco following an NFL owners’ meeting in Washington on October 15, 1997. The decision to play Super Bowl XXXVII in San Francisco had been contingent on the 49ers completing the planned new stadium. However, by the latter half of 1998, it became apparent that the stadium construction was not going ahead as planned and the NFL chose to revisit bidding. San Diego, which had narrowly lost out to Louisiana for the rights to hold the previous Super Bowl, expressed an interested and was awarded the game at a later NFL owners’ meeting. The only other bidding party was Miami.

Super Bowl XXXVIII was played between the AFC’s Oakland Raiders and NFC’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 26, 2003, at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, to decide which team would be crowned champions of the 2002 football season.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers emerged victorious with a score of 48-21.

Notable for:

  • This was the last Super Bowl to be played in January. All Super Bowls since have been played in February.
  • The game attracted a great deal of pre-game excitement because it was the first time the highest ranking offensive team, the Raiders, was pitted against the highest ranking defensive team, the Buccaneers.

Although the Raiders started the game as the clear favorites, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers lived up to their reputation for being the highest-ranking defensive team by putting up a defense the Raiders found difficult to penetrate. Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon broke all previous Super Bowl records by executing five interceptions, three of which resulted in touchdowns. By the end of the third quarter, the Buccaneers’ defense had sacked Gannon on five occasions and built a 34-3 lead. Although the Raiders fought back in the final quarter, it was not be.

Dexter Jackson of Tampa Bay was named MVP. During the game, he returned two interceptions for 34 yards.

Final Score: Oakland Raiders (AFC) – 21 Vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFC) – 48
Date: January 26, 2003
Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
MVP: Dexter Jackson, Safety
Favorite: Raiders by 4
Referee: Bill Carollo
Attendance: 67,603

Pregame: The Show “Santana and Friends” performed with Carlos Santana, Beyoncé, and Michelle Branch and sang “Oye Como Va”, “The Game of Love”, and “Foo Foo.” Also featured were parking lot performances by Bonnie Raitt, Goo Goo Dolls and Michael Bublé.
Coin Toss: 1972 Miami Dolphins: Don Shula, Bob Griese, Larry Csonka, Larry Little, Jim Langer, Nick Buoniconti, Paul Warfield
Halftime: No Doubt, Shania Twain, and Sting
Halftime Setlist:

  • “Man! I Feel like a Woman!” (Shania Twain)
  • “Up!” (Shania Twain)
  • “Just a Girl” (No Doubt)
  • “Message in a Bottle” (Sting with No Doubt)

In 2003, it was the Maxim party that attracted all the headlines. With San Diego a stone’s throw from Los Angeles, the celebrities flocked to the event, making it an unforgettable party. Attendees included Paris Hilton, Vince Vaughn, and Dennis Rodman. The party was also popular with footballing super stars of the past; every Hall-of-Famer and Pro Bowl alum had been granted an automatic place on the guest list. The venue itself was as impressive as the guest list. The event was held in an abandoned bread factory, in which Maxim constructed a drive-in theatre with Dodge vehicles and a video game theatre, where attendees could play against each other as the action was projected onto a large screen.