Super Bowl experience gets high marks from USC students

Trojans celebrate Los Angeles’ monumental hometown win against Cincinnati.

A photo of a Los Angeles Rams helmet and a Cincinnati Bengals helmet facing each other on a stage, with the words "Super Bowl LVI Los Angeles" on a graphic in the background.

USC students are getting spoiled.

The Los Angeles Rams’ win in Super Bowl LVI marks the third championship for the city in the last two years. Combined with a magnetic half-time show performed by hip-hop’s largest LA icons, the tense game gave Los Angeles a new sense of pride. While L.A. gets to boast the hardware, USC students are happy to be along for the ride.

“My apartment’s on the sixth floor so I can go out on the balcony and you can see the fireworks,” sophomore communications major Andrew Milek said. “It was really cool to see that [with] everyone screaming and having a good time.”

Other students like Hailey Hillstock, a freshman studying English, watched the game at the USC Village dining hall with friends.

“Honestly, it’s kind of cool they won just because it’s in L.A.,” Hillstock said.

After the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA title victory in 2020, the Los Angeles Dodgers were able to clinch their first world series victory since 1988 in 2021.

The Super Bowl had a particular L.A. flair, decked out with a halftime show that was deeply local and a set design that celebrated Compton. The headliners Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Mary J. Blige with surprise guest 50 Cent performed at the new SoFi Stadium.

“I would probably say [it was] one of the best halftime shows of all time,” Alana Aquino, a senior studying music industry, said. “We had iconic Los Angeles artists and songs that really exemplified the community and the culture; that was really cool.”

Sociology student and L.A. native Itzel Whyte-Aguayo, said that she was glad to witness the historic occasion.

“It is really cool to see my city win the Super Bowl in this lifetime,” Whyte said.

For students living in Los Angeles, the victory was particularly special because it represented optimism for the city’s future in sports.

“I’m not from Los Angeles but I know the past three years have been full of championships for them, so it definitely felt cool to be immersed in that and be part of it,” Aquino said.

The 2022 game marks the second year ever and second in a row in which a team won the Super Bowl in their home stadium.

The Rams’ victory took place at their home SoFi Stadium, which is only a 20-minute drive from USC campus.

Freshman philosophy, politics and economics major Jonah Nir, a Bengals fan, explained how grateful he was to be able to go to the game in spite of his team’s loss.

“It was awesome,” Nir said. “The stadium is so sick. It’s the most advanced building I’ve ever been in. The energy was there.”