Super Bowl Opening Night ushers in week of festivities

Arriving in the Twin Cities area there is a high level of energy surround the events leading up to Super Bowl LII (52). After fighting through traffic, media vans were seen parked around downtown St. Paul. Journalists and video production crews dotted the landscape trekking with their equipment, proudly displayed their media badges all set for the Super Bowl kickoff: Super Bowl Opening Night.

Traditionally termed, “media day,” Opening Night was held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Monday, Jan. 29 to kick off a weeks-long schedule of events leading up to the Big Game Feb. 4.

Scott Hanson, who hosts NFL RedZone, hosted Opening Night and led the media sessions starting with an hour-long media swarm around Tom Brady and other key New England Patriots players at various podiums around the arena. Before the Philadelphia Eagles had the chance to show their faces for the dozens of broadcast crews and sports journalists, a short break featuring a tribute to the late Prince was given by various musical artists at Super Bowl LIVE in downtown Minneapolis.

Between media sessions, a special time was reserved for key players on both teams to cross the stage and shake hands, including Tom Brady, Nick Foles, Malcolm Jenkins and Devin McCourty. Once seated on stage, these players were asked a few questions by ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio and Chris Rose, a sportscaster for NFL Network.

The Eagles media session proved to draw less crowding as the event went later into the evening. Some players were scattered throughout the media floor one-on-one interviews with media members.

Other events are continuing throughout the week, including Super Bowl LIVE on Nicollet Mall and the Super Bowl Experience at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

(Below) Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Nick Foles shaking hands between media sessions at the Xcel Energy Center for Opening Night Jan. 29. // Photo by Josiah Mayo

Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Nick Foles shaking hands between media sessions at the Xcel Energy Center for Opening Night Jan. 29. // Photo by Josiah Mayo

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