Secret's Out: Broncos Fan's Wife Knows Husband Spent $30,000 on Super Bowl Tickets - NBC Bay Area

Secret's Out: Broncos Fan's Wife Knows Husband Spent $30,000 on Super Bowl Tickets

"At the end of the day, we're in it together," Heidi Carrigan said. "There's no dog house."

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    Now she knows. After her husband Justin Carrigan told NBC Bay Area last week that he dropped $30,000 on Super Bowl tickets and asked a reporter not to tell his wife on television, Heidi Carrigan sat down with NBC affiliate 9News KUSA in Denver say the price tag is a secret no more. "There's no dog house," she said. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016)

    Now she knows.

    After her husband told NBC Bay Area last week that he dropped $30,000 on Super Bowl tickets and asked a reporter on television not to tell his wife, Heidi Carrigan sat down with NBC affiliate 9News KUSA in Denver to say the price tag is a secret no more.

    And she isn't mad. At least not now.

    "I was a little frustrated at first. But, you know, at the end of the day, we're in it together, long haul," she said. "There's no dog house."

    Sitting by her side, husband Justin Carrigan grinned.

    "Take that," he said, pointing at the camera.

    Heidi Carrigan, an accountant who now stays home with the couple's two children, ages 4 and 10 months,  told KUSA she knew her Broncos-loving hubby was spending about $4,000 on tickets, and that there was a $3,500 processing fee. What she didn’t know was that he had spotted his three other buddies for the tailgate package.

    The Carrigans said those friends have since paid them back. And in the end, Justin Carrigan said he spent just about $8,000 on himself during the Super Bowl weekend in the Bay Area. He owns a roofing company and the family lives a "frugal life," Heidi Carrigan said, and so this was a dream splurge.

    Telling a news crew about the exorbitant fees is no way to keep a secret from a spouse. In fact, NBC Bay Area, which interviewed Carrigan exclusively Friday as he landed at the airport in San Jose, posted a video clip of the interview on Facebook, which went viral and picked up by countless blogs and news outlets. Even Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon picked up the bit, at the end of his Super Bowl wrapup Monday night.

    Reporter Bob Redell met up with a Denver Brocos fan at Norm Mineta San Jose International Airport, who said he spent $21,000 - (yes TWENTY ONE THOUSAND!!!!) on a package of four to the Super Bowl. http://nbcbay.com/RdsvNBM

    Posted by NBC Bay Area on Friday, 5 February 2016

    But this is what Justin Carrigan said about that: He didn’t think he was speaking to a real news crew, which included reporter Bob Redell and photographer Henry Jerkins.

    "It was one dude, and this guy with this little camera on his shoulder - it looked like something you would buy at Best Buy," he said. "I figured it would be the local station that aired at 3 a.m. and nobody would see."

    Then he quickly added the comment was made in jest, which was good news for Redell, who tweeted out a picture of the station's high-tech fancy camera equipment in response.

    "Obviously if I'm talking to the news, I figure she's going to see,” he said.
     

    EDITOR'S NOTE: NBC Bay Area misspelled the name of Justin Carrigan in earlier reports.

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