Tri-state fans gather to watch The Big Game

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- The biggest day for football, some even say it should be a holiday. Fans across the country had their eyes to the screen to watch the big game. Some in the tri-state made a trip to a popular spot to cheer on the teams.

Only a few in the crowd have their team in the mix. But at Leroy’s Tavern, there was no lack of cheers. The people watching say they think they know who will walk away with the biggest title in the game.

“I’m confident Kansas City is going to win,” Bert Abitago says.

“Worst part of it is my teams are in it the raiders,” Rodney Garrett explains.

Crowds in Leroy’s Tavern disappointed their teams aren’t on the field for the big game but that didn’t stop them from having a good time.

“We have lots of fans that love to follow their team. But a day like this we have people that are like just wanting to bet something they’re just wanting to do something,” Terri Carl says.

Terri Carl is the bar owner and close to 30 years ago the tradition started.

“My mom and dad didn’t get to open Leroy’s on a Sunday until 1992. And it was a fun day and it just started from there every single year after,” Carl explains.

Now fans filled the tables to watch the game. One fan explained his love for a team on the turf.

“Well, 50 years ago Kansas City won a super bowl,” Abitago explains. “The quarterback that won the Super Bowl in 1970 was a Purdue graduate Len Dawson.”

Other fans the big day is so important it needs more attention.

“It’s pretty much like a holiday. It should be on Saturday but its a holiday in my mind it is,” Garrett says.

But when it comes down to it who walks away with the trophy doesn’t matter.

“Whoever wins today is fine but the super bowl is a good time,” he continued.

Even if their teams weren’t on the field, fans may still have a reason to because this is the first time Hoosiers could legally bet on the game.

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(This story was originally published on February 2, 2020)

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