Two Irish men claim they snuck into Super Bowl 49

We know how strict the security at the Super Bowl was in Glendale. So how is it possible that two fans with no tickets managed to sneak into the stadium?

They claim it happened, and now NFL Security is investigating.

Two men from Ireland follow the National Football League closely, one of them is a huge Seahawks fan and the other a Patriots fan. They were determined to see them play in Glendale, but neither had tickets so they found a way around that.

You've heard of wedding crashes, Patrick McEvoy and Richard Whelan are Super Bowl crashers. They say they got into the University of Phoenix Stadium to see the big game without a ticket.

"We kind of walked through the front door, and no one asked us any questions," said Richard Whelan. 

Just the day before the game he tweeted out this picture saying he had just been interviewed by the NFL Network and hoped the face time would land him tickets, that didn't happen. So on Super Bowl Sunday they went to the stadium expecting to watch the game at one of the bars nearby, and that's when they hatched their crazy idea of somehow making it inside.

"The first place we tried to get in they were like no dice, you can't get in... we went up to security guards and said what is the best way to get in jokingly they thought it was funny, they said try that second tent to the left there's only one girl working there and security is not tight there," he said.

He says they said they'd walk to that security tent and walk with confidence like they belonged there.

"There was only one woman working there like the guy said, and we were able to walk straight by there, we were like is this happening, are we actually getting in, the next step was getting into the door we like hid behind some first aid workers, like 20 people and blended behind them. When they were getting checked we saw an opening on the right where there was a security guard on the phone, and he seemed lax as well so we went through that door," said Whelan.

They were in and by halftime they found seats.

"One guy told us at halftime the girls beside him were doing something for the halftime show and weren't coming back for the second half of the game, so we got their tickets for the rest of the game," he said.

This is Whelan's second Super Bowl. He paid for the ticket last year and plans to see a third Super Bowl next year. He plans to look for tickets ahead of time.

Glendale Police say they have no way of verifying the story but say it seems highly improbable. The NFL issued a statement that said the league is investigating if there is a security breach.
Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories You May Be Interested In – includes Advertiser Stories