11 Interesting Quick Facts About The Super Bowl
It’s Super Bowl weekend! Super Bowl LIII (53) will take place on Sunday February 3rd, 2019 at 6:30pm Eastern. Since 2003 every Super Bowl has taken place during the first week of February (from 1967 until 2003 the Super Bowl took place in January). This huge American football event will determine the champion of the NFL (National Football League) for the 2018 season, between the two-time defending AFC (American Football Conference) champion New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams – the NFC (National Football Conference) champion.
Here are some quick facts related to the Big Game this year and over the years, things you can discuss with your buddies as you’re gathering to watch the game on Sunday.
1. The 2019 Super Bowl will be held in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the home of Atlanta’s Falcons. The absolutely beautiful retractable roof stadium was completed in 2017 and can seat between 71,000 – 80,000 people. It’s the third time that Super Bowl will take place in Atlanta. The city hosted Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 and Super Bowl XXVIII in 1994 at the now demolished Georgia Dome.
2. Gladys Knight has been chosen to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl 53. The seven-time Grammy Award winner is an Atlanta native.
3. The Super Bowl is one of the most popular sporting events in the United States and the second largest food consumption day, the first one being Thanksgiving.
4. Super Bowl 2019 will have male cheerleaders for the very first time in history.
5. In 1967 during the first Super Bowl, when the Green Bay Packers kicked off to the Kansas City Chiefs to start the second half, NBC was still in a commercial. You’d expect they would just catch up, but instead the officials asked Packers to kick off again. Hard to believe such thing, huh? Well, it happened back then. Super Bowl I was shared between two networks CBS and NBC which agreed to simulcast the game. Both networks had to have equal rights, therefore NBC couldn’t miss the kick off because of a commercial. As they signaled the problem to the officials, the kick off was repeated. You might also find it hard to believe that the ticket price was around $12 back then (compared to $2,500 – $3,000 average price per ticket today), and even so they didn’t manage to sell out. It was the only Super Bowl in history that didn’t manage to fill the venue. In fact, about a third of the stadium seats were empty.
6. No sitting USA presidents ever attended the Super Bowl, only four vice-presidents: Mike Pence in 2018, Al Gore in 1994, George H.W. Bush in 1982 and Spiro Agnew in 1971.
7. The Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy is made of seven pounds of sterling silver by Tiffany & Co since 1967. The trophy handed to the NFL champion costs about $50,000 and its manufacturing process takes four months.
8. The last episode of M*A*S*H, the most watched TV show in American history, was watched by 105.97 million people in 1983. Some long 27 years later Super Bowl finally broke that record in February 2010 with 106.5 viewers, when the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts. The following Super Bowls were watched by even more people than that, breaking even the 2010 record.
9. For Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, the coin that was flipped to decide whether the Indianapolis Colts or New Orleans Saints would possess the ball at the start of the game, has previously flown on a NASA space mission. The coin traveled for over 11 days and 171 orbits around the Earth.
10. The New England Patriots’ Tom Brady has won five Super Bowls, more than any other starting quarterback.
11. Here are the future Super Bowl locations in case you’re planning to give yourself a real treat and watch the game in person:
2020: South Florida, Hard Rock Stadium, Super Bowl 54
2021: Tampa Bay, Raymond James Stadium, Super Bowl 55
2022: Los Angeles, Los Angeles Stadium, Super Bowl 56
2023: Glendale, University of Phoenix Stadium, Super Bowl 57
2024: New Orleans, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Super Bowl 58
Whether you root for the Rams or Patriots, have fun watching the game with your buddies, enjoy the fun commercials during the show, and those yummy salty chips in guacamole dip. The Big Game is coming!