At Philly’s Finest in Jacksonville Beach — green was the color of the day Sunday as Eagles fans gathered ahead of Super Bowl LVII. But across town, Island Wing Company at Bartram Market had turned into “Chiefs County,” covered by fans in a sea of red.
Football fans descended by the thousands on Glendale, Arizona, for the NFL’s title game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. It was glorious weather for revelers, with partly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the 70s.
In Jacksonville, fans waited anxiously for kickoff at Island Wing Company. Chiefs fan William Price expected 100 people to attend.
“You can never count us out when we have Patrick Mahomes,” Price said.
For the first time in Super Bowl history, a pair of siblings will play each other on the NFL’s grandest stage.
Travis Kelce helped the Kansas City Chiefs return to their third championship game in four seasons, while brother Jason has the Eagles back for the second time in six years.
The Kansas City Chiefs welcomed two new fans to the world on Super Bowl Sunday, with a third apparently on the way.
Chiefs offensive lineman Nick Allegretti’s wife, Christina, gave birth in the early hours to twin girls back home in Chicago, a team official confirmed to The Associated Press. Allegretti was able to watch everything unfold on FaceTime from the lobby of the team hotel.
About the same time his wife was giving birth, Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman tweeted that his girlfriend, Chariah Gordeon, had gone into labor. Hardman went on injured reserve this week and was not available to play in the game.
Back in Jacksonville Beach, that’s where Eagles fans got together for a Philly cheesesteak
“We’re here every week, every Sunday, we have our seats,” said a local fan, who frequents the sandwich shop during football season. “This is family.”
“It’s gonna be a good game,” said another Eagles fan. “I’m ready.”
“If it couldn’t be the Jaguars, than it better be the Eagles,” said a third fan.
In Arizona, Eagles fan Lauren Clark strolled around State Farm Stadium with a wide grin, snapping pictures on her phone and taking in the experience of her first Super Bowl.
The Philadelphia native said she’s waited 40 years for this moment. As a 10-year-old, Clark listened to her first Super Bowl in 1981 on the radio and she’s wanted to get a seat at the big game ever since.
Life achievement, unlocked.
“I was just tired of saying ‘Maybe next year,’” Clark said. “My Eagles are in the Super Bowl, my kids are grown, so I just said screw it, let’s go. You only live once. This is a dream come true.”
Clark was one of thousands of fans milling around the outside of State Farm Stadium at the NFL’s ‘Gameday Experience,’ which featured live music, food and drinks.
V for Victory charity event & Super Bowl watch party
Guests, accompanied by the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Roar cheerleaders, met Sunday for a Super Bowl watch party and fundraising event at Craig Airport.
Over 700 guests were invited to the even that featured a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit V for Victory, which provides resources and services to local families and individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer.