We recently had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to go to the Super Bowl. Jake was born and raised a Kansas City Chiefs fan. Growing up in Oklahoma, you’re pretty much either a Kansas City Chiefs fan or a Dallas Cowboys fan. Jake’s family has many memories going to games at Arrowhead Stadium; they’ve gone to a game every year since he was 7. Last year the Chiefs made it to the final game before the Super Bowl (the AFC Championship game), but unfortunately lost at the very end. Jake’s family had told us if/when they made it to the Super Bowl, they would take us to the game. This year Jake had a very strong feeling the Chiefs would go. He even went so far as to request one of his three vacation weeks for the whole year to be over Super Bowl weekend. It was also my birthday weekend, so it was a win-win situation for me!
Jake’s parents went to the AFC Championship game again this year, and they got Super Bowl tickets as soon as the Chiefs won that game. Getting tickets that early was a good decision, since we got such great seats and had more options for pre-parties. There ended up being 9 of us who went, so we rented a whole house through Airbnb. It was so nice to be all together! We actually stayed in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. and flew in bright and early the day before the game. We got to spend the day in Ft. Lauderdale and celebrate my birthday.
Before the game, we had passes for a pre-party event. The pre-party event started mid-afternoon and was filled with lots of live music, food stations and drinks. This pregnant lady definitely missed the cocktails, but I still had a lot of fun. The pre-party also included an area with live animals, like an anaconda and a precious baby monkey. It was fun to people watch at the pre-party because there were a lot of celebrities (mostly athletes). We also got to see a live Darius Rucker concert (Hootie from Hootie and the Blowfish) before the game.
Luckily when we got to our seats, we were surrounded by mostly Chiefs fans. I don’t know the exact breakdown, but there were sooo many more Chiefs fans than 49ers fans. After going 50 years without making it to a Super Bowl, the Chiefs fans were rowdy and excited to finally be at the big game. The first half of the game was back and forth, and they ended up going into halftime with the score tied. One of my favorite experiences of the game was getting to see the legendary Super Bowl halftime show live. Each seat at the game was assigned a specific light-up bracelet to contribute to the halftime show. It was cool being part of the show! I also thought J-Lo and Shakira put on an excellent performance; they sounded great live. The second half of the game was a nail biting experience as the Chiefs gave us all a heart attack. Luckily they pulled it together and won! It was truly an experience of a lifetime getting to go to the Super Bowl and especially seeing the Chiefs win. There was even a grown man crying near us because he was so happy for the Chiefs. I am so proud of the Chiefs and cannot think of a more deserving team. Their coach, Andy Reid, and players like Patrick Mahomes are all so humble and it made me proud to see them win.
Luckily we didn’t leave Florida until Tuesday, so we got to explore Ft. Lauderdale on Monday. The weather was perfect for a maxi dress and a denim jacket. Jake and I got to explore the beach and I convinced him to take some pictures. Since we went for the game and wanted to spend time with family, I didn’t make any plans for us like I normally do. It was nice having a laid back trip.
P.S. This post has been a long time coming. If you saw my post on Thursday I explain why I’ve been so delayed. I spent all of last week slowly getting organized. When we moved to Birmingham, it took a while for our things to arrive and by the time they did I was starting my full-time job. I never felt like I got organized, so I am very thankful to get to do that now before baby girl arrives.