It’s official: Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce fever has hit Kansas City.
A huge Thursday night primetime football game in this football-crazy corner of Missouri, but only one name is on everyone’s lips – and it’s not a player.
‘Is she coming?’ a Chiefs-clad, 60-year-old male fan asked DailyMail.com during the pregame tailgate. ‘I hope so.’
Minutes later, a helicopter flies over Arrowhead as lines of fans wait near the players’ entrance. “She is, I’m sure.” Spoiler: It wasn’t.
Shortly afterwards, Kelce goes through security himself and the shouts of the fans conjure up a wry smile from under his red hood. “Taylor is hot,” it said.
In another area of the tailgate, the pop superstar’s greatest hits are playing over the speakers, and there’s a notable number of young, sequined fans in attendance. That’s certainly not the Chiefs’ target group. But a common sight in these parts these days.
Taylor Swift sits with Donna Kelce before the Chiefs’ game against Broncos on Thursday
Taylor Swift arrived at Arrowhead Stadium to watch Travis Kelce and the Chiefs
Travis Kelce donned a red tracksuit as he entered Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday
Swift and Kelce were spotted together for the first time in Kansas City last month
This is a story that has captured not just Kansas City, but the entire NFL and beyond. Kelce is no longer just mentioned by football fans, but also by die-hard showbiz and music fans.
However, it quickly becomes clear that despite all the commotion, not everyone in attendance is here for the fanfare she brings.
Chiefs fans agree on most things when it comes to their beloved football team… but Kelce’s love life seems to be an exception to the rule.
The tight end’s number 87 adorns thousands of red jerseys at Arrowhead, but until last month he certainly wasn’t known outside the NFL bubble.
All that changed when Taylor Swift set foot in Kansas City, and rumors of their fledgling romance dominated headlines across America and beyond for nearly a month.
Jersey sales are skyrocketing, ticket prices are rising and television viewership is at record highs.
However, some fans have reason to be concerned as they aim for a third Super Bowl in five years. Lord, help Travis if one of his off-field shenanigans prevents that.
“He can do whatever he wants in his own home,” one fan outside Arrowhead told DailyMail.com on Thursday night. “But we won’t be happy if it affects his game.”
Fans waited near the players’ entrance Thursday for a glimpse of Travis Kelce
A huge Kelce banner can be seen outside Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday night
He flashed a peace sign before the Chiefs’ divisional game against the Broncos
Swift watched her first Chiefs game with his mother, Donna, as they beat the Bears
However, another insisted that his rumored girlfriend’s presence at a third NFL game actually boosted his performance. “He’s actually playing better,” he said.
Back at the players’ entrance, fans began to disappear after watching the arrival of their heroes two hours before the game.
However, had they stayed, they would have seen the real star of the show arrive without much fanfare.
As the fireworks went off behind them, Taylor Swift and a very small entourage left the security tent and climbed onto a golf cart to be taken to the VIP areas.
What were once romance rumors must now certainly be confirmed as she has committed to a third match in just four weeks.
While not everyone is excited about the biggest story in sports right now, it’s hard to escape the excitement.
In Chiefs Kingdom, they let their enthusiasm guide them – and as long as the team keeps winning, that won’t change anytime soon.