Greetings from Super Bowl XLV (that's 45, if you didn't know) between the Green Bay Packers
and Pittsburgh Steelers
. This is the final game of the 2010-2011 NFL season and we've been waiting on this game for two weeks with much anticipation.
There are buses for the media, buses for parties, buses for some fans, buses for the teams, buses for the television crews....you get the picture. Everyone seems to have a bus. This picture was taken on our way into the stadium and it's a parking lot full of buses. My estimate would be around 75-100 buses.
On the road into the stadium, there are apartments (photo above) and houses. It looks like people rented out their apartments because Packers and Steelers fans had posted up along a fence hundreds of feet long. What do you think an apartment a quarter mile from the stadium goes for? We guessed over $3,000 for this weekend.
Why come to the Super Bowl if you're not a Steelers or Packers fan? I'm not sure. But there plenty of other non-Steeler and non-Packer jerseys out here. The Dallas Cowboys
were represented the best (outside of Steelers and Packers) from what I could tell on my way into the stadium.
After about a 30 minute drive, we arrived at the stadium. Getting into the actual stadium isn't an easy process. The ice falling from the roof of Cowboys Stadium this week caused multiple entrances to close meaning you have thousands and thousands of people trying to enter the same place. To the left in the picture above is the security check-in where I was chastised by security for taking photos. And I can happily report the bomb sniffing dogs didn't find anything in our group.
Once inside the stadium you get a lot of...wackos. OK, maybe
drunk fun-loving Steelers and Packers fans aren't wackos but the guys in the photo above? Yeah, they're trying to lasso things. Why? Your guess is as good as mine.
Packers and Steelers fans are co-existing...for now.
Jerry Jones sure likes his flat screen TVs. I've never been in a place with so many flat screens. And it's not just those little flat screen TVs. There are also big ones...
Yes, the TV is above is very big. But that's not the one everyone talks about . I know it's been said a million times before but the JumboTron -- or JerryTron -- is incredible.
Here's another shot of that monstrosity: