As each day passes, the Super Bowl excitement grows. With numerous Bay Area residents getting ready for this weekend’s festivities at home, some have made the costly decision to make the trip to New Orleans. I caught up with a few die-hard 49er faithfuls, who felt like this once in a lifetime opportunity, was well worth the trip.
Meet Stephanie Shiraki and George Lee of San Jose, CA.
What is your form of transportation?
We are flying from San Jose into Gulfport, Mississippi, and then renting a car. It’s an hour and 15 minutes away from New Orleans.
Who are you going with besides you two?
We are going with our friend and my cousin from New York (who grew up in the Bay Area). The prices flying straight into New Orleans were pretty intimidating.
Where are you staying?
We will be staying at the Quality Inn.
How much did you budget for spending, souvenirs, etc.? (including Super Bowl tickets)
We bought our Super Bowl tickets before the Atlanta Falcons game, because the prices were shooting up, and we knew the 49ers were going. We are budgeting $3,000, but definitely expect to go over.
What is your outlook as you partake in the festivities?
This will be a once in a lifetime experience. We’re both die-hard fans and had gotten spoiled, like many other 49er Faithfuls, watching the team in the 80’s, and thinking that Super Bowls are a regular occurrence. We’re planning on fully embracing every second, every venue, while immersing ourselves in the food, drinks, and culture that New Orleans has to offer.
However, the part we are most excited about is showing our unwavering love and big ups to the best team in the NFL, in their Quest for Six! The event is special in itself, but it will mean even more, because we can share this experience together.
No matter where you’re watching the game, whether at home or in NOLA, one thing remains for sure, the 49er faithful will be wearing red and getting loud, no matter what city they are in.