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Super Bowl fans pack Gaslamp Quarter bars for watch parties

SAN DIEGO — On Super Bowl Sunday, all it takes is good company and a good seat to have a good time.

Crowds booked their seats in front of flat-screen TVs in Gaslamp Quarter bars and restaurants to watch the Los Angeles Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium.

“We just wanted the downtown vibe, we just got dropped off, we were walking around and it looked like fun here,” Rams fan Emilee Sierra said.

Along Fifth Ave and Market Street, teams from the Gaslamp Quarter Association set up free inflatables, including a field goal and quarterback challenge.

For some people, it’s all about the halftime show.

“It was a really good surprise, it was just a throwback. It was all Californians, just the West Coast,” Rams fan Joann Naoum said.

“I actually saw Anderson Paak on drums. I would have liked to see him sing and dance but he was in the back so it was cool. I’m a Big Snoop Dog and Mary J fan,” said Bengals fan Lauren Gentzler.

In the third quarter, the drinks were flowing at American Junkie, which catered to fans of both teams.

“Dos Equis, our Mexican lagers, have gone crazy,” said American Junkie waitress Megan. “It’s the Super Bowl of super bowls to serve. It was awesome there, the crowd is amazing, the game is awesome.

Rams fans stayed late Sunday night to celebrate their NFL victory.

“We need this one for LA, to represent and take the state,” Rams fan Rick Phelps said.

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