Monday 21 October 2019

'Our game-plan was to be super confident' - Irish pair blag their way into Super Bowl and sit in $50k seats

... and get a VIP trip home

Paul McEvoy and Richard Whelan at the Super Bowl in Arizona
Paul McEvoy and Richard Whelan at the Super Bowl in Arizona

Cormac Byrne

Two Irish fans of American Football showed what an ounce of pluck can achieve when they snuck into the Super Bowl and sat in seats worth $25,000 each.

Paul McEvoy, from Cahir in Tipperary, and Richard Whelan, from Dublin, couldn't afford tickets from touts around the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona so simply walked straight through the front door.

Just did an interview with NFL network. Hoping some camera time helps me get a ticket #SuperbowlXLIX #NoTicket

A photo posted by Richard Whelan (@rjjwhelan) on

Whelan was interviewed by the NFL Network in an effort to try to get some legit tickets but to no avail.

He later tweeted: "I fu**ing made it!! Snook in straight through the front door! NOW LET'S GO HAWKS!."

Once inside the gates, the pair got a Patriots mascot to pose with the tricolour and they met Patriots legend Lawyer Milloy in the crowd.

They ended up in the fourth row of seats, with each worth $25,000.

"Our game plan was to be super confident," Richard told RTE Radio One Morning Ireland.

"We just thought if we pretend we belong there, nobody will question us.

Paul McEvoy and Richard Whelan at the Super Bowl in Arizona
Paul McEvoy and Richard Whelan at the Super Bowl in Arizona

"Between one layer of security and another we just walked in behind these 20 first aid workers, straight up to the front door and hid in behind them.

"Paul was looking at his phone, pretending to text me, as if we had just popped out to look at an email we got or something," he continued.

"We walked past another security guard that just wasn't paying attention.

"We could see the field then, the stadium and the atmosphere was insane."

The two young men walked quickly around the stadium, not looking back in case they were being followed.

"I remember looking at Paul's face, we just couldn't believe we got in," Richard said.

The pair ended up seat-hopping for the first part of the game, using people's seats as they went to stock up on hotdogs and nachos, before they had yet another run-in with good luck. 

"We spoke to this guy and told him we had sneaked in. He told us the girls beside him were in the halftime show and so wouldn't be coming back to their seats after halftime.

"So we ended up in the fourth row, sitting beside a former Super Bowl champion Lawyer Milloy who gave us a play-by-play of the game.

"It was pretty cool to have the Super Bowl champion sharing all the details," he added.

After the game, the pair skipped the queues and hopped on a VIP bus which brought them back to the street of their hotel.

"It was a good day of hustling," Richard said.

"What seemed like impossible came true."

Alas, in the end there was some disappointment for the pair as their side lost in a dramatic game.

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