16 photos of a Super Bowl tailgate sum up just how passionate America really is about football
- I went to a tailgate party in Miami right before Super Bowl LIV.
- The Players Tailgate was right next to the Hard Rock Stadium, where the San Francisco 49ers would face off against the Kansas City Chiefs.
- It was hosted by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, ESPN anchor Sage Steele, chef Aaron May, and DJ Irie.
- NFL players including Jerome Baker, Jaylon Smith, T.J. Ward, Tarik Cohen, Eric Kendricks, Rashaan Evans, and Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin showed up.
- Tickets started at $875 and went up to $20,000 for a 12-person VIP cabana.
- People wore their favorite players' jerseys and dressed up in elaborate outfits to support their teams.
- There was plenty of food and tons of booze, but the tailgate didn't get too rowdy.
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In football, tailgating is almost as much a part of the game as the game itself. It's a chance for fans to eat, drink, and socialize ahead of the big game.
And there's no bigger time to tailgate than the Super Bowl. One of the premiere tailgating parties for Super Bowl LIV in Miami was the Player's Tailgate, a party that took place right next to Hard Rock Stadium where the San Francisco 49ers would play the Kansas City chiefs.
The event was put on by Bullseye Event Group and hosted by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, ESPN anchor Sage Steele, chef Aaron May, and DJ Irie. NFL players in attendance included Rashaan Evans, Jerome Baker, Jaylon Smith, T.J. Ward, Tarik Cohen, Eric Kendricks, Trai Turner, Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin, and former player Charles Woodson.
Tickets for the tailgate started at $875 and went up to $20,000 for a 12-person VIP cabana.
I scored a press pass to check out the event - here's what it was like, in pictures.
The Players Tailgate took place right next to the Hard Rock Stadium, where the San Francisco 49ers would play the Kansas City Chiefs.
The tailgate was set up in a 2.5-acre space that included a large open-air tent and red carpeting everywhere.
There were several open bars where people could get any kind of drink, from cocktails to beer, wine, and even spiked seltzer.
Several alcohol brands, like Ciroc and John Walker & Sons, even had their own booths.
There seemed to be more food at the event than the tailgaters could possibly eat...
...from BBQ sandwiches to Italian meatball subs, fried chicken dumplings, duck shawarma, tacos, and shrimp.
The crowd was a sea of red, as both the Chiefs and the 49ers have red in their jerseys.
Fans dressed up to support their teams.
Many donned the jerseys of their favorite players.
Some wore elaborate head pieces.
And some Chiefs fans went all out with Native American headdresses and tomahawks.
Others were slightly more subdued.
Some fans wore Super Bowl jerseys that didn't represent either team.
Fans watched joyfully as ESPN anchor Sage Steele interviewed various NFL players, from the Tennessee Titans' Rashaan Evans to twin Seattle Seahawk players Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin.
Football fans ate, drank, laughed, and generally seemed to be having a good time — but things didn't get too crazy.
The Players Tailgate was a surprisingly laidback affair.
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