Fans gearing up for big game with Super Bowl Central events

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PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 31:  A view of logo branding for the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots in an NFL fan zone on January 31, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) By Tom Pennington PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 31: A view of logo branding for the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots in an NFL fan zone on January 31, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) By Tom Pennington
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PHOENIX -- Downtown Phoenix was packed Saturday night as Super Bowl fans and people watchers joined in on all of the Super Bowl fun.

Seahawks and Patriots fans geared up for the big game.

Patriots fan Gabriel Maldonado is from Connecticut and said he moved to the Valley just a few years ago.

"Got stationed here in 2008 decided to stay for the beautiful weather and the beautiful women," said Maldonado.

His friends are rooting for the Seahawks.

"A little rivalry. It’s a healthy rivalry," he said. "Hopefully the Patriots win that's who I'm rooting for."

It's clear who Wilson, "the 12th pony," a therapy pony from Seattle is rooting for.

"For the last two years he's come to every single home game for the Seahawks. Every parade, every rally, everything around the Seahawks, he is there showing support for our team,” said Sarah Kessler, who owns the pony.

But not everyone in downtown Phoenix is rooting for one of the teams playing in Sunday's Super Bowl.

Many locals showed their spirit by dressing in red and said they're downtown for the fun Super Bowl-related events, but they'll be staying true to "Big Red," instead of favoring the Seahawks or Patriots.

In case you're wondering whether you can catch the big game on the big monitors at Super Bowl Central, you won't be able to because Super Bowl Central closes after its last performance which ends at 3 p.m.