Central Arkansas Chiefs fan group celebrates Super Bowl LVIII win

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – From the season opener to the big game, Kansas City Chiefs fans within 50 miles of Little Rock have been watching games together en masse.

On Sunday, about 100 fans gathered around televisions at Buffalo Wild Wings on Cantrell.

“We bring Arrowhead to Arkansas,” lifelong Chiefs fan Pamela Johnson said.

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Johnson is admittedly “the loud one” at the watch parties. She discovered Central AR Chiefs online four years ago and said she was initially timid to watch a game with them in person, but going changed her mind completely.

“It’s family. That’s what I tell everybody,” she said. “I meet my second family every Sunday for a Chiefs game.”

The fan group started when Chandler Chubb Hickman met Allen Myers in passing. Myers was wearing fan gear, so they exchanged numbers. Over time, more strangers were invited the same way.

In 2018, they started meeting together for games in groups of less than 10. When Johnson joined it was about 20, but she said the AFC Championship and the Big Game had 80 and 100 fans respectively.

“75% of our membership has a direct tie to Kansas City but live here locally,” Hickman said.

As the group has grown over the past six years, so has their team’s accolades.

“Six consecutive AFC championship games, four out of the last five Super Bowls. Won three of those,” Myers said. “Who could see this coming?”

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Allen Myers also didn’t expect the new fan base they’ve gotten from pop star Taylor Swift.

“The Swifties. I for one love it,” Myers said. “We’ve got people [wearing] ‘Go Taylor’s boyfriend’ sweatshirts and all this kind of stuff, and I think it’s great.”

Others in the group say it took some getting used to, but now they embrace the more the merrier.

“It’s nice not being the only girl,” Johnson said with a laugh.

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One of the group’s members traveled to Las Vegas to witness the win in person and carried the group’s banner with him. Those staying in the Natural State describe the watch parties as the best alternative to being in the stadium.

“I always hoped before I died, if I could see us win one Super Bowl, just one, and now three in the last five years,” Myers said. “I want more. Winning is addictive.”

“We are a dynasty,” Johnson added. “After what happened last night, I consider we are a dynasty.”

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