Tailgating wedding unites Cardinals, Chiefs superfans

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A lot of fans showed up early outside University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday.

They weren't just there for the game. They showed up for a wedding -- one that proves the old adage "opposites attract."

It isn't the typical wedding venue, but this isn't your typical love story.

"It's a tailgating wedding," groom Wade Deborn said. "We wanted everybody to have fun and this is where it's at right now."

A ceremony where your guests get dressed up a bit differently, there's an Astroturf stage with a goalpost, wedding cakes and koozies, lawn chairs and love.

"I have some butterflies just for nerves, but I'm just so excited," bride Nancy Hendly said. "I've been waiting 20 years to get married."

Hendly is a Cardinals superfan.

A season ticketholder for more than 20 years, her perfect wedding was where she got to listen to the roar of the crowd as she inched closer to the goal line.

"Everybody showed up on time, everything's come together and this is the most beautiful day I can imagine," she said.

"We finally decided to do it, tie the knot, and this was the perfect game to do it in," Deborn said.

One potential snag, though. Sunday's game was against the Kansas City Chiefs and Deborn is a Chiefs superfan.

He's also, as it turns out, a bit of a softie.

"I'm so in love with her I built her her own Cardinals room," Deborn said. "That's how much love I have. I'm waiting on my Chiefs room."

After 20 years of being together, they're ready to go the distance.

With the wedding in the books, the newlyweds turned their eyes to the main event, perhaps the first power struggle of their marriage, and this one had a clear winner.

"I told my fiance, because he's the Chiefs fan, that he can't annul the wedding when we kick his butt," Hendly said.