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January 31, 2015 at 6:11 PM

AZ postcard: How high can ticket price go?

Got tickets? ( Jack Broom / The Seattle Times ) The sky-high price of tickets to Super Bowl XLIX has been both mystifying and frustrating to fans. The cheapest tickets listed Saturday afternoon on NFL Ticket Exchange were priced at nearly $7,900. This fan, who preferred to be identified just as “Randy,” waited outside Saturday’s Seahawks fan…



January 30, 2015 at 4:40 PM

AZ postcard: Lift those Skittles

Micaela Costello lifts a lot of Skittles ( Jack Broom / The Seattle Times ) Meet Micaela Costello of Shoreline. At the NFL Experience in Phoenix, she stopped by a display at which visitors appear to lift a huge barbell filled with Marshawn Lynch’s favorite snack. Visitors can also try to pass like a pro or…



January 29, 2015 at 5:13 PM

AZ postcard: A second trophy would be nice

Army Master Sgt. Richard Giertz holds last year’s Vince Lombardi Trophy(Jack Broom / The Seattle Times) Army Master Sgt Richard Giertz, who escorts the military color guard onto CenturyLink Field before each Seahawks home game, would love to recreate this pose.  It’s him holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy the Seahawks won last year; the shot…


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January 29, 2015 at 10:46 AM

AZ postcard: A hat for the undecided

Hat available in Phoenix takes both sides. (Jack Broom / The Seattle Times) Celebrate neutrality -– or ambiguity -– with this $30 dual-logo hat available at Super Bowl gear shops around Phoenix. I haven’t seen any of these on an actual human head yet. The stands also are offering plenty of single-team paraphernalia as well. I’m…


Comments | Topics: fans, hat, super bowl

January 28, 2015 at 12:54 PM

AZ postcard: There’s a lot you can’t bring to the Super Bowl

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, right, and NFL Security SVP Jeff Miller address security concerns. (Jack Broom / The Seattle Times) What do these items have in common: Frisbees, noisemakers, coolers, tripods, umbrellas and strollers? They are all on the list of items you will not be allowed to bring into University of Phoenix Stadium…


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January 28, 2015 at 11:10 AM

AZ postcard: Free sunscreen for the masses

Free sunscreen in Phoenix (Jack Broom / The Seattle Times) Here’s something I haven’t seen in Seattle: Free sunscreen dispensers set up in downtown Phoenix for “Super Bowl Central,” a collection of concerts, football-related exhibits, beer garden and a chance to get autographs from former NFL players. Admission is free, but there are charges for…


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January 27, 2015 at 4:10 PM

AZ postcard: They grow cotton here, ostriches, too

One of the first documents placed in our hands when we arrived in Arizona this week is a list of 100 fun facts about the state. Just a few highlights: 19. Arizona grows enough cotton each year to make more than one pair of jeans for every person in the United States. 24. Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch in…



January 27, 2015 at 10:37 AM

Monroe fan hopes Super Bowl ticket prices plunge

Roger Vaughn of Monroe checks out NFL merchandise in Phoenix. (Jack Broom / The Seattle Times) Meet Roger Vaughn, 45, of Monroe. He and his wife have arrived in Phoenix in their motor home and are staying at a campground about 20 miles out of town. He has seen the $4,000-plus asking prices for tickets online,…


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