LAS VEGAS – The Super Bowl got an early frisson of excitement on Sunday when enormous TV screens around the cavernous stadium showed pop superstar Taylor Swift appearing to arrive at the Las Vegas Allegiant Stadium some two hours before kick-off.

Swift is expected to watch boyfriend Travis Kelce and his Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers, to end a week-long will-she-won’t-she saga that has dominated the lead-up to the glitzy Vegas blockbuster.

A punishing travel schedule in which she has flown from Japan to the United States and will then jet to Australia for tour commitments meant her presence was not a foregone conclusion, and when the television screens showed Swift wearing a black top, with a red jacket draped over her shoulder, a ripple of cheers went around the still-mostly empty stadium.

Swift has attended 12 Chiefs games since she began dating Kelce last year, boosting already sky-high NFL ratings. There had been fears she could miss the biggest game of all, though, due to scheduling conflicts with her “Eras Tour” which had her performing in Tokyo on Feb. 10, the night before the Super Bowl.

(Reporting by Ossian Shine in Las Vegas, Editing by Diane Craft)

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