KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs fans who hoped for back-to-back Super Bowl wins Sunday night left the Power and Light District in a somber mood -- some even before the end of the game.
Fan Aditi Rastogi said the Chiefs "just couldn't get past" the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defense.
"It was sad for sure, considering they won last year, obviously everyone wanted them to win this year, so that's a little disheartening," Rastogi said, "but I'm sure they can come back next year and hopefully win again for Kansas City."
Ridhi Konijeti, also a Chiefs fan, said the mood at Power and Light was "more sad" near the end.
"It got more quiet, and everyone was disappointed but there was a lot of hope in the beginning, and through halftime too," Konijeti said.
But others like Noah Slabaugh said the hometown team fought to the end.
"I'm sure there's going to be a lot of people saying, 'Yeah, the ref, the ref call was probably, you know, on the bad side of it or whatever,' but all along, a game is a game," Slabaugh said, "and you know, we seen the Chiefs, they did their best all the way along."
Streets near the Power and Light District in Kansas City, Missouri, were closed off earlier in the night for the festivities.
Grand Boulevard was shut down around 3:30 p.m. to accommodate those who plan to watch the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
A DJ also helped get fans ready for the game.
Power and Light has hosted watch parties throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including for the AFC Championship game.
Some fans raised concerns online about COVID-19 protocols following the district’s AFC watch party, but the city health department had not received any complaints.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.