This will be my twelfth Super Bowl to cover as a member of the media. Since I am also an avid NFL fan, and have been the majority of my life, I wanted to give readers a view from a fan standpoint this year. I will begin by detailing my trip to New York City on Monday, January 27th prior to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ between the AFC Champion Denver Broncos and the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks.
I left my home in Gilmer, TX Sunday afternoon and spent the night in Dallas at the Comfort Inn & Suites near Mockingbird Lane, about three miles south of Dallas Love Field Airport. After turning in early Sunday night, I awoke at 5 am Monday morning, got ready for the trip and left for Love Field at 5:30 am.
After checking my luggage and getting through security, I stopped by Whataburger in the terminal for a quick bite of breakfast before heading to Gate 3 in the new Love Field terminal for my 7:30 am flight through Houston Hobby Airport and on to New York LaGuardia Airport.
We left on time with a bit of chop on our climb out of Dallas due to a winter cold front that was moving into Dallas and we arrived in Houston just before 8:30 am. After a quick 30 minutes on the ground, we departed for New York City with a scheduled flying time of two hours and forty-five minutes.
About halfway through the flight, we encountered a heavy cloud bank and another bit of slight turbulence. As is usually the case when this happens on a flight, our pilot got permission to climb higher to get above the unstable air. We climbed up to just over 39,000 feet and quickly found smooth air once again.
We landed fifteen minutes early at LaGuardia, at 1 pm EST. There was a mix of sun and clouds on our arrival and the temperature was a surprising 43 degrees! We got to the gate four hours and thirty minutes after our departure from Dallas.
It took about forty-five minutes to get off the plane, walk down to the baggage claim area and get my luggage. I then boarded a Super Shuttle for the ride through the heart of New York City and to the Sheraton Times Square, the Super Bowl Media Hotel.
Our driver said it would take somewhere around an hour to an hour and a half to arrive at the hotel, depending on how traffic was moving in the city. It took us one hour and fifteen minutes before we arrived at the Sheraton.
By the time I got checked in and made it up to my room, it was 4:05 pm EST, seven hours and thirty-five minutes after departing from Dallas. I unpacked my suitcases and decided to run out for a quick dinner before it got even colder outside.
I went to a Lindy’s restaurant a short walk up the block from the Sheraton. As is usually the case during Super Bowl week, their prices were raised significantly from what they would normally be. I had a Yankee Pot Roast dinner with French fries and a vegetable medley for the unbelievably low price of ONLY $23.99 + tax!
After finishing dinner, I went next door to an I Love New York store and picked up a couple of things for my personal collection. Unlike the restaurant, their prices were very reasonable.
I left the store and decided to take a short ten minute walk down to Broadway and 53rd Street for a quick view of the lights at ABC News and other buildings close by in Times Square. After enjoying the sights for about fifteen minutes, I headed back to the Sheraton. On the walk back, I stopped by the Hershey’s Store and bought some Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate to have in my room when I wanted something sweet.
My last stop before making it back to my hotel was at a DUANEreade Drugstore. Not only did they have what you would expect to see in a drug store, they also had meats, sandwiches, snacks and drinks. I picked up quite a few things to take back to the room. I was surprised to hear from the clerk when I checked out that the store was a chain owned by Walgreen’s.
When I got back to the hotel, I watched Fox Sports for a while and then sat down to write this story. I called it a night at just after midnight EST and headed out early in the morning on Tuesday, January 28th for the annual Super Bowl Media Day at the Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils hockey team in New Jersey.
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