In the final game of the NFL season, rival fans gathered at Sports USA off Longstreet Road Sunday evening.
In a head-to-head football combat, the New England Patriots faced the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Atlanta, Georgia.
The 6:30 p.m. kick-off at Sports USA hosted a large crowd of football fans from far and wide and every affiliation watching the game on the many jumbo screens.
Fort Bragg brought their hospitality, presenting the guests with game day food, beverages, ticket raffles and an exuberant ambiance.
Soldiers, retirees and civilians cheered on their respected teams and enjoyed the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show featuring entertainment by Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Outkast’s Big Boi.
Soldiers from the Massachusetts Army National Guard and New Jersey’s 77th Sustainment Brigade enjoyed time off with their unit from their annual training on Fort Bragg to soak up the excitement of Super Bowl Sunday.
Douglas Cunningham, whose entertainment name is King Shark from Third World Sound System, shared his enthusiasm for the establishment.
“I was cast tonight to give out raffle tickets for the Super Bowl. Sports USA is a staple for me, I come here after work to unwind! I am rooting for the Patriots, and I am hoping for a blowout, 40-10!”
Despite the Rams’ offensive talent, the New England Patriots gained momentum in the second quarter, with a late game victory. A final score of 13-3 brought joy to those holding fast to a sixth Super Bowl win.
Regardless of the lackluster game featuring multiple interceptions and missed field goal attempts but only one touchdown, fans held tight to their optimism and sportsmanship for the premier football event of the season.
“It is never too late to trade in that Philadelphia Eagles jersey for this Patriots sweatshirt and join the winners circle!” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jim Slattery, 126th Cyber Battalion, Massachusetts Army National Guard.