Father and son headed to Super Bowl
Howie and Mike Schommer will be cheering for their beloved Broncos
When the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks clash in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, Woodland Park’s own Howie Schommer and his son, Mike, will be in section 100 at MetLife Stadium rooting for the orange and blue.
“It’s been a lifelong dream of ours,” Howie said. “It’s definitely the most money we’ve ever spent on a vacation.”
Howie, 58, and Mike, 30, have been Broncos season ticket holders for four years. They’ve seen each of the four Broncos’ home playoff game dating back to the 2012 season. They weren’t about to miss the team’s most important game in 15 years.
“I really can’t stop smiling,” Mike said. “The biggest part is that my dad and I both get to go.”
The father and son team will fly out of Denver International Airport on Jan. 31. They have secured a hotel room one-half mile from the stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
“We’re going to walk to the game,” Howie said. “We plan to get there sometime in the early afternoon.”
Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
On Feb. 1, the Schommers have tickets to attend a tailgate part in downtown New York where they will be joined by several former Broncos.
“We don’t know who’s going to be there. They’re keeping it a surprise,” Mike said.
Howie plans on getting in a Broncos zone while he is in the Big Apple.
“We’re going to get involved in all sorts of Broncos’ hype,” he said. “We want to see the Broncos dominate the game and watch them hold the Vince Lombardi Trophy. We’ll stay in the stadium until that happens.”
The cost of the memorable weekend is not cheap. Tickets to the game for the Schommers ran $3,500 apiece. That does not include air fare or hotel.
“My son didn’t have enough nerves to push the ‘pay’ button,” Howie said with a smile. “He told me to push the button so I took care of that.”
The Schommers actually got a pretty good deal on tickets.
“There were seats on the 50-yard line going for $15,000 a piece,” Mike said. “Suites are a half-million dollars each.”
Interestingly, the Schommers did not get into the Broncos’ lottery for a chance at tickets. On Monday, the Broncos sent out an email to season ticket holders regarding the on line site “Prime Sports.”
The Schommers are long-time residents of Teller County. Howie moved here 39 years ago. He has lived in the same house in Woodland Park for the last 35 years.
Mike was a 2000 graduate of Woodland Park High School, where he was a linebacker on the football team.
They Schommers own Schommer Construction, located at 410 S. 19th St. in Colorado Springs. They specialize in interior and drywall. They recently did work on Charis Bible College in Woodland Park and the new Bass Pro Shops in North Gate.
Game time temperature is expected to be in the 30’s. But there is a possibility a blizzard could hit the area.
“We’re prepared for it,” said Howie, who will be wearing his No. 87 Eric Decker Broncos jersey. “We’ll bring plenty of our Woodland Park/Teller County clothing.”
Mike will be wearing his No. 18 Peyton Manning Broncos jersey.
The Schommers don’t plan to do much sightseeing in New York.
“We’ve both been there on separate trips,” Howie said. “This is a football trip.”