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January 29, 2014 at 3:24 PM

The lucky ones: Stories about how some fans worked out a trip to NY

We asked people to tell us how they managed to pull together a trip to Sunday’s Super Bowl in New Jersey. Here are a few of the responses:

Boss comes through

“I was scheduled to come up to Seattle for the NFC Championship Game when I was requested to be in Baltimore, from the company I work for, early on Monday, so I couldn’t get from Seattle to Baltimore in time, so I had to cancel my trip up to Seattle. When my boss found out I cancelled my trip up for the game, he arranged for me to get tickets to the Super Bowl in NY. Thanks to many frequent flyer miles on Southwest Airlines and having a nephew living in NYC, I am all set to for the Super Bowl and can’t wait to represent the 12th Man.”
~ Todd Parmelee, Kansas City, MO

It helps to have faith way ahead of time

“In August of 2013 – weeks before the first preseason game – I e-mailed all my buddies my itinerary using banked Alaska Air Lines miles to Newark, N.J. for the Seahawk Super Bowl. I also booked hotel with miles for the weekend and did all that befor a snap of Seahawk football. Now I will be joined by 14 buddies all sitting together thanks to credit cards and ticket brokers. It will be worth the extreme ticket price! GO HAWKS.”
~ Jon-Michael P. Smith, Kirkland

Dream come true for Jersey fan

“I have lived in New Jersey my entire life, about 40 miles from MetLife Stadium. I have been a diehard Seahawks fan for 29 years, and when they announced a NJ Super Bowl it was obviously an incredible dream for me for the Hawks to make it in my home state. Well I went to the NFC Championship game in Seattle and the Hawks made it! I have no flights or hotel to arrange, just need a game ticket [working on it] and head up the NJ Turnpike like I do every day for work. I see MetLife every day on my commute and it’s amazing that on Feb. 2nd I will be there watching the Hawks in the Super Bowl.”
~ Jonathan Rudnick, Marlboro, N.J.

It’s a family affair for longtime season ticket holders

“My dad and I are season ticket holders. Still holding on to the tickets my grandpa bought in 1977. We were picked in the season ticket holder lottery. I had enough flyer miles to bring the airfare down to $80 for the both of us. We do have to stay in Dallas one night on the 30th before heading from Dallas to NY/NJ on the 31st. We are staying at a hotel near the Newark airport to utilize the free airport shuttle and the NJ Air Train system that goes from Newark to Manhattan and goes by the stadium. Heading home Tuesday the 4th.”
~ Kevin Nishimoto, Auburn, WA

Hardcore fans find a way to make it happen

“After the game my brother Steve and I headed to my mother’s home to purchase airline tickets online to New York as fast as we could. The prices were going up fast as we looked at what was available so we quickly made our reservations. WE WERE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL! Now we needed game tickets. We have two season-ticket holder accounts, so we had the possibility to win the right to purchase Super Bowl tickets from the Seahawks. I received an email indicating I did not win, and was looking at spending thousands of dollars in the secondary ticket market when my brother let me know he received an email stating that he had the chance to get two tickets. WE WERE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL! The email said the tickets would be available beginning Monday morning for $800.00 each. Payment could only be made with a money order or cashier’s check. Monday was MLK Day so the banks were closed. We headed down to the Moneytree Payday Loans branch on Third Avenue near Pine and asked the clerk for two money money orders for $800.00, and she said, “you must be going to the Super Bowl!” Money orders in hand (or rather our wallets), my brother’s girlfriend Nancy whisked us down to CenturyLink Field where we found a line of 15 or so other lucky fans waiting to buy their tickets. It took us about 20 minutes to get to the window and then, finally, we had the tickets in hand! Like the others there, we posed for photos. WE WERE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL! The last remaining hurdle was lodging in the NY/NJ area. Fortunately, our Aunt Loretta lives in Manhattan so we were able to get her to allow us to stay at her place. WE ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL! GO HAWKS!”
~ Jon Hamaker, Seattle

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