Want to be the smartest person in the room at this year’s Big Game? As you’re gorging yourself on nachos and wings, kick off these facts to impress your fellow football fanatics and commercial-goers on game day.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Big Game is America’s second-largest food consumption day. Thanksgiving is the first, of course.
On January 15, 1967, the priciest tickets to the first Big Game cost $12.
In 1980, the Pittsburgh Steelers were the first winning team to visit the White House. They visited with Jimmy Carter in a joint ceremony with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who had won the 1979 World Series.
When Jacksonville, Florida, hosted The Big Game in 2005, the city didn’t have enough hotel rooms to meet the NFL’s requirements. To accommodate the teams and their fans, five docked cruise ships were used as “floating hotels” for the event.
Each team playing in the The Big Game gets 108 footballs. Of those, 54 are for practice and 54 are for the actual game.
According to CBS, in 2015, Katy Perry’s costumed backup dancers (such as Left Shark) caught the attention of more viewers than the actual game.
Unlike attending most sporting events today, the The Big Game only issues and accepts paper tickets.
In the history of the Big Game, no game has gone into overtime.
The words “Commissioner,” “Wilson,” and “Made in the U.S.A” have been imprinted on every single Wilson game football since day one.
On average, a 30-second commercial during The Big Game costs millions of dollars. The most expensive of all time? A $12.4 million ad by Chrysler in 2011.
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