A Week in Super Bowl City

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Cole Kjersgard is a Communication Studies student. He traveled to Arizona to catch two of the biggest sporting events of the year. 

Not only was Arizona home of Super Bowl LVII this year, but the craziest event in Golf, The Waste Management Open fell on the same week. Naturally, this mix of fans created a tornado of packed bars, heavy traffic, and a lot of fun.  

While the rest of the country has been freezing, fans in Arizona were treated to sunny 70-degree days. Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, the Waste Management Open PGA Tour Event was held at one of the most prestigious courses in the area, TPC Scottsdale. This event is one of Arizona’s biggest yearly events, and having the Super Bowl there to end the week made it even more special.  

The WM Open is the only golf event of its kind where fans are encouraged to cheer and maintain a healthy balance of spirits and H2O throughout the day. I attended the event this year and noticed that the Super Bowl fans had taken advantage of coming to watch the best golf experience in the world.  

Kansas City Chief’s and Philadelphia Eagles fans flooded the event throughout the entire week, repping their teams’ jerseys. The Eagles fans stood out from the crowd, as each fan made a new friend everytime they saw another team jersey while screaming “Go Birds!”  

Since then, Eagles fans have never been the same. The Chief’s showed them what losing a Super Bowl by three points feels like. The final score of the Super Bowl was 38-35. But even with that devastating loss, fans from both sides got to experience much more than just football.

Fans got to witness Chris Stapleton sing the national anthem, followed by a flyover of four U.S. Navy Combat Jets, each piloted for the first time by all women. To watch it again, click here. And as if that wasn’t enough of a show, fans got to see Rhianna perform during the halftime. When you consider all of this, you start to wonder if the average price of $5,000 to attend was really worth it. What do you think? 

 

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