Fans from WMass get ready for the Super Bowl in AZ

GLENDALE, AZ (WWLP) — Super Bowl XLIX is here! And many Patriots fans from western Massachusetts are in Pheonix for the big game.

Tyler Miller told 22News, “It’s great to have everybody around us. We get to hear a few people yell ‘Go Pats!’ It’s great.”

Patriots nation united in front of the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale this weekend. Tyler Miller is from this part of Arizona, but has raised his whole family as Patriots fans. “I lived there for a couple of years. I mean, they’re the greatest team in the country, so that’s why we follow them!”

As a local, Miller was showing his children how the stadium had been transformed into a party center.

Hours before 6:30 tonight, thousands of Patriots fans will gather here to cheer on Tom Brady and his teammates to a victory.

One of the most anticipated moments of the Super Bowl is the F-16 flyover just before kickoff. 22News noticed those jets practicing on Saturday won’t be able to notice them unless there’s no rain and the roof is open.

On Saturday, blimps and planes, like the one with Tom Brady’s jersey number on it, circled overhead. This was a day for fans without tickets to the game, to get close to the stadium.

Some people from West Springfield flew out to Phoenix in hopes of picking up their tickets on Super Bowl Sunday, only to discover Saturday, those tickets no longer existed

P.J. Lee told 22News, “Prior to actually finding out that we weren’t able to get our tickets, we were having the best time of our lives and now it’s gotten to the point where it’s a nightmare.”

Others never had tickets and were hoping to buy them off last-minute sellers Sunday. “I’m gonna come with some money and see what I can get. I’m willing to wait,” said a fan in Arizona.

Super Bowl XLIX airs on 22News starting Sunday afternoon. Be sure to follow our coverage of our week in Phoenix on wwlp.com.

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