KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Travis Kelce is happy to have Taylor Swift on the Kansas City Chiefs bandwagon heading to the Super Bowl.
As if that wasn’t evident by their on-field smooch after the AFC title game.
On the latest episode of their “New Heights” podcast, the Chiefs tight end and his brother, Eagles center Jason Kelce, joked about how the 12-time Grammy winner has come along at just the right time.
Swift began dating the younger Kelce after he invited her to a game earlier this season, and she has been a frequent attendee at Chiefs games ever since.
“Shout out to the newest member of the Chiefs Kingdom, Swift, who has officially reached the Super Bowl in her rookie year,” Jason Kelce said in the podcast released Wednesday, before Travis added with a laugh: “Shout out to Tay. Thanks for joining the team.”
Whether Swift makes it to the Super Bowl against the 49ers on Feb. 11 in Las Vegas remains to be seen.
Swift is scheduled to resume her Eras Tour next week with four shows in Tokyo. The finale is scheduled for Saturday night and should end around 10 p.m. local time, or about 5 a.m. in Las Vegas.
If she took a private plane between the two cities, Swift could cover the distance in roughly 12 hours, giving her plenty of time to make it to Allegiant Stadium before kickoff.
Speaking of flights, American Airlines and United Airlines got on board, so to speak, with the Taylor-and-Travis romance this week. Flight 1989 — Swift was born that year and it’s the title of her fifth studio album — will run twice from Kansas City to Las Vegas next week, while Flight 87 — Kelce’s jersey number — leaves from Kansas City the day after the Super Bowl.
“To our customers who are huge sports fans, look what you made us do,” American said in a statement to The Associated Press.
Kelce and Swift have tried to keep their relationship out of the spotlight, though it has
become increasingly difficult. That’s been especially true during game broadcasts, when networks have received pushback from NFL fans for showing too much of the “Shake It Off” singer’s in-suite celebrations, often with Brittany Mahomes, wife of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Still, the Swift effect appears to be real when it comes to expanding the NFL audience.CBS, which aired the Chiefs’ 17-10 win over Baltimore on Sunday, shattered the AFC title game record with 55.473 million viewers in the afternoon window; the previous record was 54.85 million for the Jets-Steelers game in the late window in 2011. That represented an uptick of 17% over last year’s early conference championship game between San Francisco and Philadelphia.