Empire State Building is ‘hurt’ by its own bizarre decision to light up in Philadelphia colors
Empire State Building is ‘hurt’ by its own bizarre decision to light up in green and white in honor of New York’s bitter rivals Philadelphia booking a Super Bowl spot as the landmark switches to the Chiefs’ red and gold
The Empire State Building performed a swift U-turn on its decision to light up green and white in honor of the Philadelphia Eagles‘ NFC Championship win Sunday, claiming it itself was ‘hurt’ by the move.
After the Eagles trounced the San Francisco 49ers 31-7 Sunday, the Twitter account for the Empire State Building shared a photo of the iconic New York landmark lit up in Philadelphia’s colors.
The bizarre move to honor one of city’s most bitter rivals infuriated many New Yorkers on social media.
The Empire State Building claimed it was ‘hurt’ by its own decision to light up in Philadelphia colors before it swift switched to red and good for the Kansas City Chiefs
But the skyscraper quickly rescued itself by switching its lights to the Kansas City Chiefs’ red and gold after Patrick Mahomes and Co. clinched the AFC Championship title over the Cincinnati Bengals in the later game.
‘That hurt us more than it hurt you,’ the account tweeted along side a photo of the building in its new colors. ‘We’re now lit for the @chiefs in honor of their AFC Championship Win.’
Despite its reversal, many New York sports fans were left irate, particularly with the move coming just a week after the Eagles defeated their NFC East rivals in the NFC Divisional round as Philly stomped out the New York Giants 38-7.
The iconic landmark lit up in green and white in honor of the Eagles NFC Championship win
In the divisional round, the Giants were outclassed by Philadelphia – getting just over 225 yards of total offense while allowing 416 total yards and five touchdowns.
This season, Philadelphia defeated the Giants in all three of their contests – winning 48-22 in Week 14 and again in Week 18 by a 22-16 score.
And with the wound still fresh, many fans and athletes took to social media to blast the move.
‘What on Earth … Let me close these blinds,’ Giants safety Julian Love tweeted Sunday.
Giants legend Carl Banks summed up the thoughts of many: ‘What the actual F#*k??
‘They would NEVER Light a building for a NY sports team! @NYCMayor did someone lose a bet?’
Former and current New York Giants stars were left baffled by the decision on Sunday
New York Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson simply tweeted, ‘Lol what’ when the image was revealed.
Longtime ESPN host and New York Jets fan Mike Greenberg slyly wrote, ‘I’m sure this will be received really well.’
ESPN NFL analyst Mina Kimes asked, ‘Did y’all lose a bet?’ while ESPN baseball analyst Joon Lee shared a meme from Star Wars saying this was ‘treason’.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul also addressed the situation Monday morning following the outcry.
Athletes, analysts and even New York governor Kathy Hochul weighed in on the controversy
‘To be clear, New York State has no control over how @EmpireStateBldg lights its colors,’ she tweeted.
It was reportedly planned to light the Empire State Building in the colors of any of the four teams competing in this weekend’s championship games.
The Eagles will now face the Chiefs in Arizona for Super Bowl LVII on February 12 and all New Yorkers will be looking the Empire State Building to see if it dare risks a repeat in the case of a Philadelphia win.