MINNEAPOLIS (Valley News Live) -- EDITORS NOTE: Check in with Valley News Live Sports Reporter Alex Egan each day as the Valley News Live Sports Team covers Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.
We took off from Fargo shortly after noon to start the drive down to Minneapolis. I've covered a Super Bowl before (Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans) so I'm curious to see the similarities in how events function. Obviously the weather was a touch nicer in New Orleans in February than Minneapolis.
We arrived at our hotel unloaded our things and made our way over to the Mall of America where the NFL has set up their Media Center. I didn't get to spend too much time in there, just enough to see the rows and rows of tables where I'm sure I'll be spending a lot of time working on sending stories back to Fargo.
We then headed over to the Xcel Energy Center for the NFL Opening Night. When I covered the Super Bowl in New Orleans it was still a typical Media Day but they sold tickets to allow fans to come watch. It was pretty sparsely attended on a Tuesday afternoon...tonight's was way different.
There was a good sized crowd on hand (maybe a couple thousand) and just as many -- if not more -- cameras on the floor of the X.
I have to admit, I missed Beth's live shot during our 6 p.m. newscast. While we unloaded our stuff at the hotel I unloaded the light to our camera, which is kind of an important piece of equipment. So I had to rush back to the hotel to grab it. (Sorry boss for the extra $15 in parking)
Media Day wasn't as chaotic as I thought it would be. Kudos to the volunteers at the event everyone was really friendly and accommodating and the fajitas they served for dinner were spot on.
After the Patriots paraded around the floor for their hour it was the Eagles turn.
We weren't expecting to talk with Carson Wentz -- because of his injury he wasn't required to be there -- but he showed up and we were able to talk with him for a couple minutes. That was pretty cool. I feel bad for him not being able to play in his "home" Super Bowl, but the game of football plays no favorites and injuries happen.
We're back at the hotel now. I've just wrapped up editing my story for the Valley Today covering the madness of Media Day. It's been a long day and we have a long week in front of us.
Thanks for reading, check in throughout the week to see what else we're experiencing down here.