ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - The Super Bowl is less than a week a way and with both teams finally in Minnesota the excitement is reaching a new high point.
Monday night, the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles took the stage at Super Bowl LII Opening Night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Just hours after landing, the Patriots took the stage and faced the media first.
"They got a lot of experience," said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady about facing the Eagles. "I think they're really well coached. It's a great scheme. There's no easy plays. It's a tough test."
Head coach Bill Belichick, however was more guarded with his answers. When asked what makes this Super Bowl different than past Super Bowls, Belichick said, "It's in Minnesota."
While the Super Bowl festivities may be old hat for the Patriots, there was a fresh excitement for the Philadelphia Eagles, who last appeared in the big game in the 2004 - 2005 season -- also against the Patriots. If the Eagles win, it would be the franchise's first Super Bowl victory.
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The event was a way for fans off all allegiances to come together as fans of one game. Fans could wear headsets to listen to coaches and players answer questions from reporters and sharing their reactions on social media. It’s simultaneously a fun experience and an odd one, too.
“It’s like a silent disco, you take off your headphones it’s kind of awkward, but you put them on and you’re kind of in it,” said one fan.