Super Bowl party pictures: Faces in the crowd at SoFi Stadium

Filmmaker Taika Waititi was there with girlfriend Rita Ora. Issa Rae, Leslie Jones and Keegan-Michael Key came too. So did a larger cross section of LA ready to celebrate the Rams’ advancement or Omicron’s retreat (or maybe a little of both). The Super Bowl’s arrival in the LA area has brought with it the Super Bowl party circuit, and The Times checked in to one of the biggies: the invitation-only Chairman’s Party held by DirecTV on Thursday at the open-air SoFi Stadium venue called the canyons The annual after-party for NFL Honors follows an awards ceremony and announcement of the latest class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As Usher headlined the event Thursday night, we pointed our camera to faces in the crowd — the personalities turning out to celebrate their team, this city or just maybe, at long last, a great night out. Here are some portraits of the scene.

Olympic gymnast Jordan Chiles, right, and UCLA teammate Sekai Wright attend the Chairman’s Party headlined by Usher at SoFi Stadium’s the Canyons on Thursday in Inglewood.

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A man in a bright pink suit poses at SoFi Stadium.

Darius Leonard, outside linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, rocks the festive suit.

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A woman in a black and white jacket poses for a portrait.

Farah Zulaikha favors black and white for the night.

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A man in a suit covered with pins and carrying a fan poses for a portrait.

Dillian Frelow comes prepared, keeping cool during an unseasonably warm winter week.

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A man poses for a portrait in front of a bank of TV sets.

Ray-Ray McCloud, wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, goes for sleek chic.

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A man in a shirt, vest and jacket poses for a portrait.

James Koh of Los Angeles flashes his smile and his fishy coat lining.

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A woman in a beaded top poses for a portrait.

Tamara Simmons lets her star shine.

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A man poses for a portrait in front of TVs.

An unidentified partygoer opts for some shimmering black.

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A man in a suit poses for a portrait.

David Park of Los Angeles, with the lights of SoFi Stadium behind him.

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A man poses for a portrait in front of TVs.

Thomas Glenn of Los Angeles shines in silver.

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A man in a suit poses for a portrait near TVs.

Chris Booker of Chicago goes with a subtle stripe.

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