Group wants to light Confederate flag during Super Bowl week
Last Edited: Friday, 23 Jan 2009, 3:23 PM EST
Created: Friday, 23 Jan 2009, 3:23 PM EST
The Confederate Flag was taken down to repair wind damage, but was put back up Friday, January 23, 2009.
TAMPA – The massive Confederate flag that flies over the intersection of Interstate 4 and Interstate 75 has been raised again after coming down for repairs.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans took it down to fix wind damage.
They say they hope to have it lit up during Super Bowl week, but they say the lights are not installed yet.
The NFL said whether the flag is up during Super Bowl week or not is a private matter.
"The NFL does not have jurisdiction on what private groups or citizens say on private property," said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans hoisted the flag in June. They say it is the largest flag in the world, and they raised it as a symbol of pride for their heritage and history.
Others, though, view it as a symbol of racism, and an eyesore at the gateway to Tampa from south Florida and the east coast.