Two Irish American football fans couldn’t believe their luck when they snuck in to the Super Bowl on Sunday, and ended up with the best seats in the house.
Richard Whelan and Paul McEvoy were trying to source tickets prior to the game, but couldn’t get any for less than $8,000 a piece. Resigned to watching the biggest game of the year from a bar, they decided to chance their arm at the University of Phoenix Stadium, Arizona.
Whelan, a huge Seattle Seahawks fan, had watched his team win last year and wanted to do the double as they faced New England Patriots last weekend, before they unfortunately lost.
On Newstalk Breakfast today he spoke of how they ended up almost pitch side for one of the biggest worldwide events of the year. (Listen to the full interview here)
“We went up to two security guards and just asked them , ‘Guys,what’s the best way to sneak in?’,” said Whelan.
“They thought it was funny, they had no stadium access either so they said, ‘try that second tent on the left, there’s only one girl working there and security’s not really tight’.”
As they strolled past the first phase of security, they then hid behind first aid workers before walking unnoticed past the next security guard who was on his phone.
“He seemed a bit lax. We just went straight through the door and he never even asked us for a ticket.
“Next thing we knew we could see the field and the noise was insane and that’s when we actually knew we were in.”
There luck was about to get even better when they were speaking to one spectator, who said he knew of premium seats that would be available after the first half. Girls that he knew were due to leave at half-time, so they ended up sitting in seats worth $25,000 each… for free!
After the adventure, Whelan insisted that he would try his best to attend next year’s 50th Super Bowl.
“I don’t think now, after being there two years in a row, I could miss it,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
“As long as I don’t have to pay $8000 for the tickets!”