Victoria sports bars packed with NFL fans for Superbowl Sunday

Victoria sports bars packed with NFL fans for Superbowl Sunday

WATCH: The cold weather wasn’t the only thing keeping Islanders indoors on Sunday. Ceilidh Millar reports. 

Some of the busiest spots in the Capital City this afternoon were sports bars, as the NFL showdown brought out the crowds.

Super Bowl LIII between the Patriots and Rams is underway.

“We’ve done this Superbowl party every year and we sell out every year,” said Andrew Ralph with the Sticky Wicket Pub.

Superbowl Sunday surpasses almost every other sporting event in Canada including the Grey Cup.

B.C. Hydro says British Colombians use eight per cent more power than usual leading up to the game.

While it might not seem like a lot, B.C. Hydro says that’s the equivalent of cooking 2.4 million frozen pizzas.

“It’s what I look forward to every year,” said one football fan.

At the Sticky Wicket, New England Patriots jerseys are becoming as routine as the team playing in the game itself.

“I’ve been a Pats fan since 1998,” said fan Marcus Mccullough. “I always make like a little shrine for all the games.”

This year the competition is stiff.

“I’m rooting hard for the Los Angeles Rams,” said fan Drew Owen.

“I’m going to cheer for the Rams because the other ones always win,” explained fan Lindsay Olson.

While you may find specialty drinks dubbed the ‘Brady Bunch’ and ‘Gurley Man’ on the menu, it’s the beer and chicken wings that are the game-day favorites.

“This is the first time I’ve been out to a pub to watch,” said fan Galen Potash. “I usually watch it at home with my family, order some pizza and have some beer.”

While the football draws large crowds, it’s also about getting together with friends to catch the big game.

“The final football game with your best buddies, your fantasy crew, endless buffet –  it can’t be beaten,” Owen explained.

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