Beyonce distraction helped pair sneak into Super Bowl

Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:57pm EST
 
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By David Beasley

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Two Georgia college students who sneaked into the Super Bowl without tickets say Beyonce's half-time performance provided a distraction that helped them enter through a loading dock.

They also hope a video they took of their experience might help the Superdome improve security, though neither the New Orleans stadium nor the National Football League has contacted them.

"Everyone was watching Beyonce," said Joseph Roberts, 32, an English major at Savannah State University in Georgia and an aspiring screenwriter.

He and fellow student Malachi Youngblood, 24, decided to travel to New Orleans to enjoy the February 3 Super Bowl festivities even though they lacked tickets to the game, which ranged in face value from $850 and $1,250 and were much more expensive on the secondary market.

With small cameras strapped to their foreheads, they first filmed the crowds on Bourbon Street.

With their cameras still rolling, the students said, they walked to the front of the Superdome and kept going through a maze of parking decks and tailgate areas before finally arriving at a loading dock during the halftime performance.

Only once did a police officer ask for their credentials, the students said. They simply told the officer they had none, turned around, and walked in a different direction.

They made their way through the loading dock into the Superdome and found themselves watching Beyonce's performance along with everyone else.   Continued...

 
Beyonce performs during the half-time show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes