Taylor Swift faces a time-crunched, cross-continental journey of over 5,000 miles to witness her football star boyfriend Travis Kelce play in one of the biggest games of his career—the Super Bowl. Mere hours after wrapping up the final Tokyo stop of her blockbuster world tour on Saturday night, Swift raced to board her personalized private jet “The Football Era” at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, setting off an intensely followed mission by fans and aviation journalists to track her flight across nine time zones to make Sunday’s Super Bowl kickoff in Las Vegas.
Clad in a dazzling blue sequined outfit, Swift bid farewell to 56,000 screaming fans in the Tokyo Dome by disappearing below stage amidst pulsating strobe lights and confetti, skipping the typical lengthy encore performances common at her concerts. This swift exit prompted speculation for weeks from the media and obsessive supporters that she planned to make the transpacific trek to cheer on her Kansas City Chiefs beau Kelce as he battles the San Francisco 49ers for the Lombardi Trophy.
Aviation accounts on Twitter first spotted Swift’s embellished Global Express jet touching down at Los Angeles International Airport shortly after 3:30 p.m. local time following the 11-hour haul from Narita. With Kelce’s clash against the 49ers set to start at 3:30 p.m. PST in Las Vegas, all signs point to Swift chartering an onward connection to make the 2-hour flight from LAX to Las Vegas McCarran in time.
The prospect of Swift’s appearance at the big game has stoked excitement among crossover fans of the pop icon and the NFL. “It’s so romantic…I hope she can return in time,” remarked Japanese fan Hitomi Takahashi, who snapped photos outside the Tokyo Dome with her friend dressed in matching Taylor Swift apparel. However, Swift’s relentless pace of private air travel spanning continents to catch Kelce’s matches has also garnered criticism from environmental advocates over astronomical carbon emissions as well as reports she failed to pay hangar parking fees. Additionally, you can also read about- The Journey of Taylor Swift.
Yet the celebrity power couple’s unconventional romance represents a cultural convergence between music stardom and professional football. Both Swift and Kelce jerseys could be spotted among the crowds at Swift’s four sold-out nights in Tokyo this week. According to Swift’s Instagram, her rapid-fire tour featuring two shows each night in Tokyo sandwiched between stateside appearances is “truly the best kind of chaos.”
As all eyes fixate on the stage later today in anticipation of a surprise Swift sighting should she successfully trek to Sin City in time, both her legions of fans and harshest critics face their own wait with bated breath to see if her private jet gambit pays off once that pigskin gets kicked off.