Pre-game parties in full swing ahead of Super Bowl LIV

Tourist says he sold kidney to pay for his ticket

South Florida is the epicenter of football this weekend.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – outh Florida is the epicenter of football this weekend.

The Super Bowl is now just one day away, but the pre-game parties have already been in full swing.

Ocean Drive was on overdrive Friday night as Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers fans soaked up all the magic the Magic City has to offer as the excitement builds for the big game.

“The weather out here, the people, the atmosphere -- it’s gorgeous,” one man said.

Some tourists said they traveled to South Florida even though they don't have tickets for the Super Bowl.

For those who do have tickets, they didn’t come cheap. Tickets to Super Bowl LIV ranged between $3,000 and $6,000 per ticket.

One tourist joked that he sold a kidney to pay for his ticket.

Saturday night on Watson Island, AT&T’s Super Saturday Night was headlined by international superstar Lady Gaga.

Also on Saturday, former New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski hosted Gronk Beach in Miami Beach.

South Florida is the epicenter of football this weekend.

The event from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. was sold out, as 3,000 people gathered to party with celebrities like Rick Ross, Flo Rida, DJ Irie and Diplo, to name a few.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was also in attendance.

As for the unfavorable weather conditions, Gronkowski said he wasn’t going to let that stop the party.

“It’s on the beach. It rains. That’s why there’s an ocean, because it rains, you know,” he said.

DJ Irie told Local 10 News reporter Christian De La Rosa that he’ll take the rain over the snow.

And the parties weren’t just going on in Miami-Dade County, but people have been celebrating from Miami to Palm Beach County.

About the Authors:

Louis Aguirre is an Emmy-award winning journalist who anchors weekday newscasts and serves as WPLG Local 10’s Environmental Advocate.

Christian De La Rosa joined Local 10 News in April 2017 after spending time as a reporter and anchor in Atlanta, San Diego, Orlando and Panama City Beach.