Arash Markazi
Friday February 1st, 2008

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- You can almost hear a slight variation of Allen Iverson's famous "practice" speech when you hear about the ticket prices for the top Super Bowl parties.

VIP tickets to Thursday night's party with Nick Lachey and P. Diddy went for $1,000, same as a ticket to a Friday night "Leather & Laces" party being thrown by Carmen Electra, while a ticket to a party being thrown by John Travolta and Marshall Faulk on Saturday are going for $1,700. A face value ticket to this year's Super Bowl is $700.

"We're talking about parties," Iverson said. "Not a game. We're talking about parties, man."

While the prices may seem outrageous, they would be considered a bargain for a ticket into what is expected to be the Super Bowl's biggest parties. Playboy and Maxim have been vying for Super Bowl party supremacy since 2001 and that seems to be the case once again this year. Unlike most other Super Bowl parties neither officially sells tickets to the public, preferring an exclusive environment for their A-listers; although tickets are available on some sites for those willing to fork over as much as $20,000 to party with celebrities and centerfold models. Maxim's party will emanate from the Stone Rose Lounge at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess on Friday night with a bevy of turntables manned by DJ AM, DJ Vice and DJ Echo, capped off by a surprise musical act (we won't ruin it). The next night Playboy will be throwing its party at the Wild Horse Pass (within earshot of the Giants' team hotel) with Common hosting the affair that will be attended by Hugh Hefner and his Girls Next Door.

They are obviously not alone in the live entertainment department as Penthouse will feature Snoop Dogg, Leather and Laces will be rolling out Sugar Ray and Vice the Party will headline L.L. Cool J.

Surprisingly it's been two rookies to the Super Bowl party scene that have created the most buzz outside of the "big two" as Victoria's Secret will throw a party on Saturday night hosted by Karolina Kurkova, Adriana Lima and Selita Ebanks. Meanwhile, ultra exclusive nightclub Hyde has set up shop behind the gates of nine-acre private estate.

Check back Sunday morning for a round-up of the best Super Bowl parties before the game.

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