Governor Charlie Baker is Super Bowl bound. The governor plans to leave for Atlanta on Saturday with three of his pals from Swampscott who have been getting together since the “Snow Bowl” game in 2001 against the Raiders to watch the New England Patriots on Sundays.
Baker said earlier this week he was talking to friends about the possibility, but now it’s happening. The governor and his friends plan to stay with another friend in the Atlanta area, and return to Massachusetts on Monday.
The governor, according to his staff, purchased his own ticket, which are selling Friday on Stub Hub for a minimum of $2,400 a piece.
Baker’s trip to Super Bowl LIII will be his third, but his first as governor. This will be the fourth Super Bowl the Patriots have appeared in since Baker took office in 2015. Previously, the governor attended Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston where the Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers and Super Bowl XLII in Arizona when the team’s perfect season came crashing down in a loss to the New York Giants.
Baker is predicting a better outcome this year than last year when Tom Brady and company lost to the Philadelphia Eagles.
“The New England Patriots are going to win. That’s my Super Bowl prediction. I don’t know by how much. I don’t know how. I don’t know what the score’s going to be. But they’re going to win, because they win games like that. That’s why they’re going to win,” Baker said on Wednesday.
During a press conference on security preparations in Boston for Sunday’s game, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh also said Friday he’s going to the game.