JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) – The biggest sporting event of the year kicks off Sunday night as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers go head-to-head in Super Bowl XLV.
One lucky James Island man is going to be there to watch it all. The most expensive ticket on the planet landed in his lap and now, he'll be watching his favorite team in front of a worldwide audience.
Matt McChesney is a serious fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. If it's black and gold, it's hanging on the walls of his James Island apartment.
"This one's pretty special," McChesney said of some of his collectables. "This is one of my favorites. My girlfriend actually got it for me. It's got two gold coins and it's a short print so there's a very limited number of this one."
Football fans and Steelers' fans especially, adorn his collection, including his late grandfather who played ball before the Steelers were even formed.
"He was a huge Steelers fan when he was around and I'm sure he got my Dad into it," McChesney said. "My Dad got us into it, so, we've been Steelers fans since birth."
For McChesney, his birthday became a lucky date in football history. He was born on Jan. 21, 1979 and the Steelers were playing the Dallas Cowboys in the Super Bowl.
"That's always been monumental," McChesney said. "And to actually win tickets to go see the Super Bowl, my 32nd birthday was great."
McChesney entered an online contest and won the grand prize, which is an all expenses paid trip for two to Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas.
"There's an estimated value of around $10,000, so I'm not looking forward to tax time next year," McChesney laughed.
Those tickets include a tailgate party, concert, lodging and more. It will be a weekend of fun for McChesney and his younger brother who's going with him.
"I kinda feel like this makes up for all the beatings that I used to endure when I was younger," said McChesney brother, Will McChesney. "So, this definitely, definitely is the icing on the cake and I kinda feel like my life is full circle now."
Next up is a brotherhood bonding experience at the world's biggest sporting event.
"This is something my brother and me are going to enjoy and remember for a long time," McChesney said.
The brothers were scheduled to fly out of Charleston earlier this week, but their flight was cancelled. McChesney's girlfriend said they eventually left Thursday afternoon. They'll be in Texas until Monday morning, weather permitting.