Jen Su

Americans love their football, and Super Bowl 2024 was every bit the extreme craziness that was promised and delivered to the max.

With 123.5 million people watching the Super Bowl from around the world, whether it was the 453 kilograms of confetti or a chance to catch a glimpse of pop singer Taylor Swift — the final exciting matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs was one for the history books.

Kicking back in First Class
But let’s backtrack first to our flight in.  Flying first class on American Airlines to Las Vegas on the 787 Dreamliner, has always been a most amazing experience with our own private pods offering flat-recline beds and mood lighting.  My only problem was not taking advantage of all the amenities on offer or even watching a movie —  instead opting for the WiFi and catching up on sleep.
Madison Leonard at the busy Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport. Image: Jen Su
Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport is a busy airport.  We arrived on the Wednesday prior ro the game and the airport was already packed to the brim.  Having said that, baggage claim was quick and efficient — and we were off sightseeing immediately.
Our first stop was Saint Honoré Doughnuts & Beignets (9460 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89147), followed by pink afternoon tea at Cafe Lola.  After a quick pitstop to see the Little White Chapel where couples can drive through and get married, it was over to check out the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign (5100 Las Vegas Boulevard, Paradise, Nevada 89119.)
In Las Vegas
Super Bowl had its fair share of parties — everything from the extremely hard-to-get-into Fanatics party with the Kardashians, Justin Bieber, Travis Scott, Shaq, and Tiffany Haddish — to a more low-key but intensely fun evening at Neiman Marcus, where D-Nice made a guest appearance on the decks.
Radio Row with American singer and actor Wayne Newton aka “Mr. Las Vegas” along with Madison (left) and Melissa Leonard (right). Image: TBSN.
Our first stop was Radio Row in the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre, where we enjoyed watching podcasts and interviews with the top football stars across America. We met Drew Brees, Josh Allen, and even singing legend, Wayne Newton — also known as, “Mr. Las Vegas!)
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With renowned DJ D-Nice at the Neiman Marcus VIP In-Circle Super Bowl Tailgate Event. Photo: Julie D. Hansson.
It was over to the Neiman Marcus event with D-Nice for an exclusive preview of the brand’s makeup and skincare li
With football star Chris Draft and models from both Super Bowl teams, at the Taste of the NFL event. Image: Joe Roderick.
Philadelphia Eagles former Quarterback Ron Jaworski hosted the “Jaws and Ditka” Super Bowl party, while Kansas City Chiefs’ Quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ agent Leigh Steinberg held a huge soireé at the luxury Ahern Boutique Hotel.  And Taste of the NFL was a fabulous culinary experience with plenty of food and wine, along with appearances by former NFL players and renowned chefs such as Andrew Zimmern.
Finally, it came time for the Super Bowl — and we got to our seats nearly six hours early.  Which was a good thing as we had less stress to worry about.
After a thrilling finish that saw the Kansas City Chiefs move to victory in overtime, I was still a bit in shock as the outcome of the game could have gone either way. Usher performed a magnificent half time concert, and then at the end Chiefs’ football star Travis Kelce’s kissed singer Taylor Swift in a perfect embrace.
And that was my crazy Super Bowl weekend in Las Vegas… onto the next adventure!