As Travis Kelce arrived at the Super Bowl 58 opening night media event a few days ago, he seemed as close to euphoric as anyone from Ohio is physically able to be. “What a time to be alive, baby!” he announced as he took his seat. “I’m livin’ the dream!”
Sure, he could have been talking about the Kansas City Chiefs’s fourth trip to the Super Bowl in the last five years, a game his girlfriend, 14-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift, has gone to world-entrancing lengths to attend. (More on that in a minute.) Or he could be talking about his plans for the weeks following the game, during which he will reportedly trot the globe with the singer, reciprocating the spectatorship she’s given him these last few months.
“After the Super Bowl, Travis will be joining Taylor on her tour and traveling with her,” Us Weekly quotes an unnamed source as saying, a reference to the singer’s Eras Tour, which she must return to by Friday, February 16.
“They are happy and looking forward to spending more time together,” the anonymous source said. Vanity Fair reached out to representatives for Swift and Kelce to confirm the couple’s plans, but did not receive a response as of publication time.
If true, it’s possible that Kelce will have a fast-turnaround trip to rival the one Swift took on Saturday. Not to jinx things, but if the Chiefs triumph over the San Francisco 49ers at Sunday’s big game, the team’s victory parade is planned for Wednesday—yes, on Valentine’s Day—in Kansas City. Swift will need to be at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia by 6 p.m. local time, which is 1 a.m. Friday in Missouri. For Swift to be well-rested and ready to perform, if the couple is traveling together, Kelce will need to basically hop off the dais at the Chiefs’s victory rally (should it happen) and onto a plane to Los Angeles.
Then again, by then, the jet Swift is using could have made the trip to Kansas City, removing one step from the couple’s wild itinerary. But as we speak, the plane Swift took from Tokyo to the U.S. in a surprisingly speedy nine-hour flight is resting at LAX, the Associated Press reports.
The plane, a charter jet monikered “The Football Era” by its ownership company (per NBC Bay Area) arrived in Los Angeles at around 3:30 p.m. PT Saturday, a full 24 hours before the Super Bowl’s kickoff time. From there, she traveled by SUV to her well-fortified, paparazzi-busting home in Beverly Hills, the Daily Mail reports.
Swift will presumably get back on the road soon. The trip to Las Vegas is only an hour or so by plane, but well-reported congestion at all the region’s airports will make a private flight a challenge, though a small plane that drops her and goes is always an option. Or she could just fly commercial! Ha ha ha can you imagine?
Or she could drive and/or be driven, an excursion that will take four or five hours. But either way, she’s going to get there, says Gracie Hunt, the daughter of Kansas City Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt.“She’s coming! She’s coming! We’re excited,” she told People on Saturday night.
Once there, Swift will settle into the (estimated) $1.8 million Allegiant Stadium suite Kelce booked for the couple’s friends and families, including Swift’s parents, Andrea Swift and Scott Swift; her brother Austin Swift and his girlfriend, model Sydney Ness; Travis’s big brother/Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce and his wife, Kylie Kelce; she his dad, Ed Kelce and mom Donna Kelce.
The next suite Kelce enters won’t be one he had to pay for, assuming the reports of his Eras Tour advent are accurate. After the stop in Melbourne, Swift will hit Asia, Europe, and the U.K., before heading back to the U.S. for dates across October and November. The tour winds up on December 8, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
By then, Kelce will have been back at work for over three months, as 2024’s regular NFL season will begin on September 5, when the defending Super Bowl LVIII champion will host the NFL Kickoff Game on their home turf. If that champ ends up being the Chiefs, I’ll just get a jump on my coverage of Swift’s attendance at KC games for next season by noting that the Eras Tour will be on a break from August 20 to October 18. If the duo remains “happy” and interested in “spending more time together” next season, there’s nothing obvious that’s preventing her attendance at that game, too.
The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will meet at Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. ET at Allegiant Stadium near Las Vegas. It will be broadcast live on CBS stations nationwide, and will stream live on Paramount+.