Artworks, puppies, song choices: What else is on the line in KC during the Super Bowl?
As Kansas City gears up for Sunday’s Super Bowl, local institutions are joining in the competitive spirit. As the Chiefs go head-to-head with the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend, there will be more on the line than just a trophy.
Here are some of the friendly wagers between organizations in Kansas City and Philadelphia adding to the big game hype.
Queer Choir Contest
The Heartland Men’s Chorus, a local LGBTQ singing group, recently announced a wager with the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus on the outcome of the Super Bowl. The choir in the losing city will agree to perform a song of the winning choir’s choice and post it in a video on social media.
According to Heartland Men’s Chorus spokesperson Mitch Weber, “The singing wager is a way to celebrate the friendly rivalry between the two NFL teams while also promoting the positive message of unity, community, and inclusion.”
Fine Art Feud
Priceless paintings are on the line between The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art — although we don’t know which ones yet. The museums have agreed to a wager wherein the losing city’s museum loans a painting to the winning city’s museum.
Last time the Eagles made the Super Bowl, a similar wager with the Museum of Fine Arts Boston won Philly a 1763 portrait by painter John Singleton Copley.
The Kansas City Zoo and the Philadelphia Zoo aren’t missing out on the friendly competition. The zoos took to Twitter on Monday to announce their wagers: if Kansas City takes home the trophy, the Philadelphia Zoo will dress up its iconic elephant statue in Chiefs gear. But if Philly emerges victorious, the Kansas City Zoo’s beloved polar bear statue — affectionately called “Polar Mahomes” — will sport some Eagles attire the day after the game.
Here's the wager: If the @Eagles win, "Polar Mahomes" has to sport some Eagles gear. If the @Chiefs win, we'll give our iconic elephant statue some Chiefs gear to wear. pic.twitter.com/4P1J2ercCE
— Philly Zoo (@phillyzoo) February 6, 2023
The losing city’s zoo will also make a donation to a Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) program of the winning zoo’s choice.
The chambers of commerce in each Super Bowl state are wagering local treats on the outcome of the big game.
If Kansas City wins, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry will send the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry a care package containing Yuengling beer, Hershey’s chocolate, Giorgi mushrooms and Peeps.
If the Eagles dominate, Pennsylvania’s chamber can expect a shipment of Budweiser beer, Burger’s Smokehouse ham and sausages and Cherry Mash candies.
It’s a dog-eat-dog world for pet adoption organizations KC Pet Project and ACCT Philly. Both groups are fundraising ahead of the big game, with a special dog adoption price of $57 in honor of Super Bowl 57.
Whichever shelter raises less money during this special fundraising period has agreed to name 10 adoptable pets after players on the opposing city’s team. This wager won’t depend on the outcome of the Super Bowl — you can help KC Pet Project take the lead by donating here.
Battle of the Brookdales
This game is so intense, even seniors are getting involved. Residents of the Brookdale senior living community at Wornall Place have entered into a wager with those at their Philadelphia area sister facility, Brookdale Evesham.
If the Chiefs win, Brookdale Wornall Place residents will enjoy some authentic cheesesteak sandwiches straight from Philly. If the Eagles take home the trophy, the Philadelphia residents can expect a shipment of Kansas City barbecue to celebrate their big win.
Food Bank Brawl
The CEOs of two community food banks have entered the competition with a friendly wager over gameday apparel. Kansas City-based Harvesters is partnering with Philabundance in a Super Bowl fundraising campaign. Whichever food bank raises more money by Sunday will send the losing food bank’s CEO a package of local team gear to wear with pride.
“As we gear up for The Kansas City Chiefs to take on the Eagles in the Super Bowl, Harvesters is facing off in a friendly competition with Philabundance food bank in Philadelphia to see who can raise the most funds off the field to fight hunger in our communities,” Harvesters wrote on its website.
“We know how much you care about your community, Chiefs Kingdom, so let’s show Philly what we’re made of!”
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