Metamora woman goes to Super Bowl

Sarah Garfinkel
Jane and Pat Beharelle stand outside Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis before the Super Bowl. Jane Beharelle got to root on her favorite team, the New England Patriots, at the big game, something she had always wanted to do.

Her trip to Indianapolis over the weekend was like a fairy tale come true for Jane Beharelle.

The 62-year-old Metamora woman, and former Peorian, had dreamt of one day getting to cheer on her team, the New England Patriots, at the Super Bowl. Sunday, she finally got her chance.

“Even though my team lost, I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything,” said Beharelle.

It’s an understatement to say that tickets to the Super Bowl are difficult to score, so when Beharelle’s son offered her two tickets, she jumped at the chance to cross an item off her bucket list.

“She was excited, but also a little bit of disbelief,” said son Patrick Beharelle, who now lives in Atlanta. “It’s always nice to be able to repay a parent for the things they’ve done for you.”

As a lifelong sports fan, Patrick Beharelle knew his mother would jump at the opportunity to see her Patriots take on the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

“I don’t think she’d ever have thought of spending that kind of money,” to go to the Super Bowl, he said.

The weekend was a family affair, with her husband joining her for the Super Bowl Experience and her daughter, a huge fan of Madonna, joining her for the game so she could see the pop icon in person.

And though they didn’t get a chance to zipline through downtown Indianapolis, the family enjoyed being fully immersed in what could only be described as football heaven.

Jane Beharelle and her daughter walked into Lucas Oil Stadium past people asking to buy tickets and others offering to sell them for grossly inflated prices.

“I wouldn’t have sold my ticket for $10,000,” she said, adding that, the older she gets the more she believes that money is less important than experiences.

“Don’t have it be all about things,” said Jane Beharelle. “Have it be about the things you do.”