Streakers Tackled! Super Bowl Field Invaded, Two Arrested (Las Vegas)
The Super Bowl at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas was interrupted by an unexpected spectacle on Sunday. Two people ran onto the field in the middle of the game.
The incident occurred with about five minutes left in the third quarter. At that time, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers were battling for the championship. Suddenly, two individuals dashed across the field. They were later identified as Alex Gonzalez and Sebastian Rivera. This caused a commotion among the players, officials, and spectators.
Streakers just hit the field 😳 PIC.TWITTER.COM/A5YQQTR7W3
— OurSF49ers (@OurSf49ers) FEBRUARY 12, 2024
“Oh, we’ve got people on the field,” exclaimed announcer Tony Romo, as the cameras cut away from the action.
“Oh my goodness, we do, we’ve got a streaker on the other…” added Jim Nantz, before being interrupted by Romo.
“Partial streaker,” Romo clarified, implying that the intruders were not fully undressed.
The broadcast did not show the streakers, but according to eyewitnesses, they were wearing nothing but underwear and masks. They were quickly tackled by security guards and escorted off the field by law enforcement officers.
The game resumed shortly after the disruption, without any major impact on the outcome. In fact, the very next play saw a remarkable feat by Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker. He nailed a 57-yard field goal, breaking the record for the longest field goal ever in a Super Bowl. The previous record was 56 yards, set earlier in the game by 49ers rookie kicker Jake Moody.
The Chiefs went on to win the game 25-22, securing their second consecutive Super Bowl title.
Meanwhile, the two streakers were arrested and charged with prohibited conduct at an athletic event. This is a misdemeanor offense in Nevada. They were released without having to post bail and are scheduled to appear in court in April.
According to sources, the two men claimed that they were part of a prank. A popular YouTube prankster had offered them $10,000 each to run on the field. The prankster, who has not been identified, has not commented on the incident.
The Super Bowl is a hugely popular and eagerly awaited sporting event, drawing in millions of viewers and fans from around the globe. However, it is also a target for pranksters and protesters, who seek to gain attention and publicity by disrupting the game. In the past, there have been several cases of streakers, parachuters, and banner-flyers invading the Super Bowl field. This often results in arrests and fines.