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Northwest student’s journey to the Super Bowl

Northwest sophomore Mason Quinlan and his dad attended this year's Super Bowl. They were were able to watch their team, the Philadelphia Eagles, beat the New England Patriots 41-33.

Northwest sophomore Mason Quinlan and his dad attended this year's Super Bowl. They were were able to watch their team, the Philadelphia Eagles, beat the New England Patriots 41-33.

Northwest sophomore Mason Quinlan and his dad attended this year's Super Bowl. They were were able to watch their team, the Philadelphia Eagles, beat the New England Patriots 41-33.

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Northwest sophomore Mason Quinlan has been a loyal Philadelphia Eagles fan since he was a little boy. His father, originally from Philadelphia, grew up going to Eagles games with his family. He has shared his passion with his son, who now has the same love for the game and the Eagles.

The last time the Eagles were in the Super Bowl was in 2005, 13 years ago. The team had been to the Super Bowl only once prior but never won.

“My dad said the next time the Eagles make it to the Super Bowl, we are going,” Quinlan said.

When Philadelphia’s star quarterback became injured and was out for the season, Mason and his dad knew that it would be very difficult for the Eagles to get to the Super Bowl. They would never have imagined the Eagles making it to the Super Bowl, let alone win it.

After the Eagles won the NFC championship game, advancing them to the Super Bowl, the Quinlans’ dream suddenly became attainable.  But to plan such a trip in only a few days seemed impossible.

They were faced with a lot to do: purchasing tickets, finding a place to stay, reserving flights and renting a car. The only way it all worked was the fact that Mason’s dad has a couple friends that live in Minneapolis.

“I knew it wasn’t possible to plan this big of a trip without some kind of connections,” Quinlan said.

Getting in touch with his friends, his dad asked for help finding accommodations and tickets.  Tickets were only available in secondary markets, such as Stub Hub, Seat Geek, Vivid, etc.

Finding a place to stay was almost impossible.  Every hotel room was booked around the Twin City area.

Mason and his dad spent hours searching sites for different options.  When a Vacation Rentals by Owner (VBRO) option presented itself, they grabbed it without hesitation.

Now they needed flights. That was easy but expensive.  Thankfully, the airlines had added more flights into Minneapolis, so they were available.

The trip was finalized, they were really going.

“I couldn’t believe we were really going,” said Quinlan. “My friends didn’t believe me.”

Their flights were booked for Saturday morning, and as of Friday night, they still could not find tickets at a rate that wasn’t astronomical.  The face value of a ticket ranged from $950 to $5,000. The secondary markets were selling them for triple the price.

Then on Friday night, they got a call from someone who was selling Super Bowl tickets as a fundraiser. Quinlan’s father made an offer for the two tickets and the man said he would have to get back to him.

“My dad and I stared at each other when his phone rang,” Quinlan said. “We both knew that the man’s answer would determine whether or not we could go to the Super Bowl.”

The man took the offer and the tickets were theirs.  They were packing by the time Quinlan’s dad hung up the phone.

They left the next morning not knowing they were beginning a victorious adventure.

“We landed in a foot of snow, and it was still coming down,” Quinlan said. “The temperature was 14 degrees.”

They arrived at the Super Bowl Saturday morning as soon as the gates opened.  The streets were filled with fans all wearing their team’s jersey.

“The stadium was incredible,” Quinlan said. “The atmosphere was electric, it is really hard to explain. The whole experience was surreal.”

This year, Justin Timberlake was the halftime performer. This was Timberlake’s third time performing on the Super Bowl halftime stage.

“The halftime show was okay because it was really hard to see unless you were really close,” Quinlan said. “Honestly, it looked a lot better on television than in person.”

The fast-moving game resulted in an Eagles’ victory.  The game has already been dubbed one of the most exciting Super Bowl games in history.

“The feeling you get when the team you’ve been following since you were born finally wins and being able to experience it is indescribable,” Quinlan said. “We’ve been Eagles fans forever, and that isn’t going to change.”

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4 Responses to “Northwest student’s journey to the Super Bowl”

  1. Jerry Engel on February 8th, 2018 8:00 pm

    Incredible story!!

  2. Sherri Quinlan on February 9th, 2018 7:09 am

    Wonderful story. Being from Philadelphia I know how much this trip meant to your father and Mason.

  3. Dad on February 9th, 2018 8:05 am

    Nicely done Kendal. Go Birds!!!

  4. Joan K Schmutz on February 9th, 2018 5:30 pm

    Great story Kendal. I’m so glad that they finally got a chance to see the game of a lifetime. It had to be so exciting for them both.
    I’m a Philly’s girl……………Go Eagles.!

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