Preparations underway for Super Bowl in western Mass and Arizona

A jersey with the name and number of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, which features the Super Bowl XLIX logo, hangs on the racks at Olympia Sports in Medford, Mass., Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. The Patriots are scheduled to face the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Excitement is building in Arizona. The 2015 NFL Pro-Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium is just a prelude to next Sunday’s Super Bowl when the New England Patriots will play the Seattle Seahawks.

22News Reporter Kait Walsh will fly to Arizona this week for the Super Bowl, which will be broadcast on NBC and 22News.

“I’m embarrassed to talk about the amount of time that I’ve put into this relative to the other important challenge in front of us,” said Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick during a news conference Saturday. Hoping deflate-gate is behind them, Coach Belichick and the Patriots are preparing mentally and physically for the big game next Sunday, February 1, 2015.

Pats fans in Western Massachusetts started preparing for the Super Bowl too.

“I’m going to wear my Patriots shirt to school soon,” said Kaitlin Roxo of Southwick, “I have a Patriots shirt and my mom has a Patriots hat.”

Some shirts were more difficult to find in stores. “I have a few t-shirts right now. My boyfriend has two jerseys. We usually go back and forth but I want one of my own, so I’m looking for a McCourty jersey,” Kristen Hayes of Agawam told 22News. She said that jersey was a difficult one to find and she was thinking she would need to order it online.

Televisions are also popular purchases in the week before the Super Bowl. According to Shop Advisor, more people buy televisions for the Super Bowl than they do around the holidays and on Black Friday.

In Arizona, the University of Phoenix Stadium is preparing with new LED lights and an upgraded, faster Internet for all the thousands of fans.

22News is headed to Arizona this week and we want to hear from you. We want to show people at home what it’s like to go to the Super Bowl. So if you’re headed to Arizona, or you know someone from Western Massachusetts who is, please contact us. You can email us at reportit@wwlp.com.

 

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