The Kanas City Chiefs will play the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, February 12 in Glendale Arizona at State Farm Stadium.
Thousands of football fans will be heading that way, whether they have tickets to the game or not. And most of the fans flying to the game will be arriving and departing via Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).
The days leading up to the big game will be busy. But February 13, the day after Super Bowl LVII will likely be one of PHX’s busiest days on record. The airport projects a 50% increase in traffic on that day.
But they’re ready.
“Our staff has been working with airlines, the TSA, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, law enforcement, our restaurant operators and other partners to ensure we are ready to welcome visitors coming in for the Big Game,” said Director of Aviation Services Chad Makovsky. “Phoenix Sky Harbor is no stranger to welcoming visitors to big events and to town for the Super Bowl. With our focus on service as well as recent enhancements we’ve made to our facilities, we look forward to providing our visitors with an exceptional experience.”
Airport officials tell us the NFL and Host Committee have put up some signs welcoming travelers. And that many shops are already selling Super Bowl and team merchandise.
There’s a countdown clock running in the PHX Bag Claim. And a long list of travel tips for Super Bowl LVII visitors on the airport website.
One key tip to keep in mind is the PHX RESERVE program which allows travelers flying out of Terminals 3 and 5 to reserve a time to go through the TSA security checkpoint.
Reservations can be made up to six days in advance.
For those with bags to check:
On Sunday, February 12, and Monday, February 13, anyone boarding the PHX Sky Train at the 44th Street Station or returning a car at the Rental Car Center can check their bags before getting to the terminal. That’s a big time saver for those who can take advantage of it.
This service is available for those flying American, Delta, Southwest, or United. Bags must be checked a minimum of 90 minutes before your flight. There is no additional charge to use this service, but individual airline bag fees will still apply.
The airport’s team of Navigator Buddies therapy dogs is working on an MVB (Most Valuable Buddy) promotion. And the TSA’s canine explosive detective canines are also in training for the game.
More details on Super Bowl LVII events taking place at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) to come.