If you follow me on social media, you probably saw that we went to the Super Bowl. I know, right? It was all thanks to Mars Military and a little contest I entered. We just happen to win two tickets to the game, tickets to the tailgate party, tickets to the NFL Experience, hotel accommodations, and travel money. We were close enough to drive, so the plane tickets weren’t necessary. Never did I think I would actually attend the Super Bowl. I’ve only been to one professional football game prior to this. The husband has been to more than he can probably count.
We left Saturday morning for Houston. After checking into the hotel, we had a quick drink and food at the bar. There was tons of Patriots fans there too, so a lot of talking was done. Then we Ubered it downtown to the NFL Experience. It was a family friendly event that was kinda like the Disneyland of football. There was events from the combine set up for kids to participate in, players signed autographs, lots of photo ops, merchandise, and just lots to see and do. To get in, we had to wait in line for NFL Live, which was free, and then get in line to go into the Experience. That took forever, but we had no kids and all the time to waste!
After the Experience, we had dinner and headed back to the room. We’re old people, what can I say. The next morning, we got up early for breakfast and to get our tickets. The hotel was crawling with Patriot and Falcon fans. Then there was us. Both wearing Charger jerseys.
We got to the stadium a little before 1 p.m. There was a mass of people waiting to get in. The gates opened at 1 though. Once we got through security, we headed towards the Champions Club where the tailgate party was. Apparently we had special passes, because we avoided the line. It was crazy though! It was like a nightclub, but with all the free alcohol and food you could want. They had a DJ, but OAR and Lady Antebellum also played. There was so many people there. Everyone just sat where they could find seats, so we ended up talking to a variety of different people. The women’s room also never had a line. The men’s room was like 45 deep. We all just laughed and took pictures, because when does that happen?!?! Guess that shows you what the ration of guys to girls was.
We left the tailgate about 4:30ish and made our way towards the stadium. We went ahead and got our drinks and sat down because who wants to miss any of the Super Bowl? Our seats were in the nosebleeds. We were literally the highest row. There was a wall behind us. That didn’t deter us or anyone sitting around us though.
We were on the 20 yard line on the Patriots side, behind the Falcons bench. All the events on the field took placing facing the other side of the stadium. We saw the backs of everyone, but it was all on the jumbotrons, so it worked. We had a great view of the entire field though.
I was really interested to see how they set up the halftime show. It always seems like they do it super quick! The halftime show was good, but being behind it and so far away, it was hard to see. I did watch it the next day though and she killed it. I already knew she killed it, but seeing the televised version confirmed it. So much of the game is for the TV viewers.
There’s no need to get into the game itself, since we all knew how it went down. I don’t think I’ve ever realized how pro-America and patriotic football games are. I about cried during the National Anthem, then again when the Bush’s came out, and then again a few other times. Maybe I’m just sappy, but geez. There was a lot of tears. Also, the whole confetti thing looks better on TV. I was way underwhelmed by that.
We had so much fun though. It’s an experience that we will never get again and I’m so thankful we got to go! I don’t think the husband and I have had an overnight away from the kids since we went to Tokyo for a long weekend in 2012. It was long overdue and much needed.