February 10, 2024
By Fred Liggett
The Kansas City Chiefs are headed to the team’s fourth Super Bowl in the last five years but for one Lee’s Summit family they are looking forward to their first Super Bowl experience. Heading to Las Vegas for the big game is Ryan Murdock, his wife Kristi, his son Isaac and twin brother Eli.
Originally the game plan was for a party of two with Ryan and his son Isaac going. Isaac, born with a rare spinal defect, came to the Chiefs practice facility and while there was presented with two Super Bowl game tickets by Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes. Isaac received an autograph football plus the tickets courtesy of Mahomes and his 15 and the Mahomies Foundation. This occurred just before the regular season finale vs the Chargers. But Summit Church members in Lee’s Summit was able to give the family two more tickets so all four of them could enjoy the once in a lifetime experience together.
The family will had a different kind of Red Friday before the Super Bowl thanks to taking an early morning flight out of Kansas City. Once in Las Vegas the family has plans to spend the afternoon at the Mandalay Bay where the Super Bowl Experience is taking place. This experience is at a large convention center offering football fans many ways to learn about the history of the game, meet their favorite hall of famers and of course upgrade their NFL apparel before leaving.
Saturday night the family will attend a Blue Man Group concert. Ryan Murdock says the family “wanted to take in a Vegas show.” Saturday will be a day for the family to “take in all the sights and sounds” of the host city of Super Bowl 58. Sunday is game day and like many KC Chiefs fans the Murdock’s will “try to get to the pre-game rally.” Game time is at 5:30 p.m. Central with the Chiefs going up against the San Francisco 49ers inside Allegiant Stadium who will be hosting their first Super Bowl.
While the Murdock’s have a busy itinerary once they arrive in Las Vegas, Ryan Murdock says the one thing the family is looking forward to the most “is going to the game, a once in a lifetime experience and to see our hometown team.” The family has plans to return home on Tuesday morning and look to share many memories of their super trip with friends, neighbors and fellow Summit Church members.