Nine’s Entertainment Editor Richard Wilkins is willing to put money on his prediction that Swift will be on the sidelines when the Kansas City Chiefs kick off against the San Francisco 49ers.
“I bet you $50 she’s there. Of course she’ll be there,” he tells 9Honey Celebrity.
“The NFL would be pleading for her to come. ‘What do you need? How can we help?'”
The NFL has been leaning into the ‘Swift effect’ ever since she started showing up at Chiefs games in September 2023.
Swift’s attendance at NFL games has inspired women to tune into the sport like never before, with NFL data showing an estimated rise of over 2 million female viewers recently.
The NFL has also promoted her visits – and her romance with Chiefs tight end Kelce – on social media, so the organisation would likely welcome her presence at the Super Bowl.
The game takes place on Sunday, February 11, in Las Vegas, Nevada and kicks off at 3.30pm local time (10.30am on Monday, February 12 in AEST).
Swift has a show less than 24 hours before on February 10 in Tokyo, Japan and it takes over 12 hours to fly from there to Las Vegas.
Fortunately, she has time zones (and the International Date Line) on her side.
“Everyone’s going off in America, ‘she can’t get from Tokyo to Vegas’. It’s like they forget about the 17 hour time difference,” Wilkinson says.
When Swift’s concert kicks off on February 10 in Tokyo at 6pm local time, it will be 1am on the same day in Las Vegas.
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That means she has more than enough time to play the show, get on a plane to the US, and land with time to spare before the Super Bowl.
But some die hard NFL fans have lashed out over Swift’s presence, saying she ‘distracts’ Kelce and is ‘ruining’ the sport’s reputation.
Wilkinson disagrees, saying: “Of course she should go and support him [Kelce]. It’s a beautiful love story, I’m sure they’re having an absolute blast.
“And if he wins – I guess he’s got a 50% chance of winning – there’ll be a big party that night and then I assume the next day, they’ll jump on a plane and fly to Melbourne. I’ve got $50 on that as well.”
That’s right; Wilkinson fully expects Kelce to accompany his songstress girlfriend Down Under for the Australian leg of her Eras Tour.
“He would have been at the Grammys, had he not had running practice that day,” he adds with a laugh.
Swift attended music’s night of nights solo and collected two awards; Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year, both for Midnights.
She also took the opportunity to announce her next album, The Tortured Poet’s Department, which is rumoured to be about her ex Joe Alwyn.