Las Vegas residents Lawrence Martinez, Orlando Brown, Deanna Urioste and Danny Downs have something in common. They all attended Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday where they cheered for the Denver Broncos.
Despite the Broncos losing to the Seattle Seahawks, 43-8, the Las Vegas residents enjoyed the game and say they are coming back with wonderful memories.
Martinez and his father-in-law Brown’s trip was a lucky draw for the two. Brown, a Denver Broncos season ticket holder, was selected out of a lottery drawing to purchase tickets to the big game roughly two weeks before Sunday’s game.
“He was one of the lucky ones that got picked,” Martinez said in a telephone interview. “So, we bought the tickets and made hotel and flight arrangements. It really was a last-minute trip.”
Martinez, an avid San Francisco 49ers fan, changed colors to support his wife Monica and Brown’s team for the Super Bowl. Brown, Urioste, and Downs are staunch Broncos fans and showed their team colors for Sunday’s blowout game.
For Urioste and Downs, they decided to just go to the game since their team was playing in it.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Urioste said. “We thought ‘who knows if they will ever make it back here?’ so we decided to just go.”
Despite their teams loss, the four will soon return home to Las Vegas with memories of a great game, a Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers half-time performance and the thrill of attending the Super Bowl.
Martinez said to get to the actual game was a task in itself. Brown and Martinez left Sunday morning from their New Jersey hotel via transit to the game. Martinez said they boarded a train around 2 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. EST kick-off. He said security was very tight in and around the stadium.
“There was a lot of long lines, but the experience over all was amazing,” Martinez said. “I would suggest this to anyone that is a sports lover to come and experience this.”
Urioste echoed his sentiments.
“It was a great experience, a fun time except for our team getting killed,” Urioste said in a telephone interview.
“Weather turned out nice and it was not as cold as it was supposed to be, and the next day (Monday) we woke up to snow.”
The snow delayed Brown and Martinez’s trip home, but they were re-scheduled to return home on Tuesday as all flights were grounded due to Monday’s snowstorm back east. Urioste said Downs and she will return home to Las Vegas on Wednesday.
“The experience of the game was phenomenal; just the way the Broncos played wasn’t great, but being there and taking all the experience in was great,” Martinez said.
“The halftime show was amazing, the weather was great, we really couldn’t ask for anything else, but would have liked a Broncos win ... The whole game was exciting and it was amazing to be there.”