Want to be the smartest person in the room at this year’s Super Bowl? 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.
Second Largest Food-Consumption Day in the U.S.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Super Bowl is America’s second-largest food consumption day. Thanksgiving is the first, of course.
On January 15, 1967, the priciest tickets to the first Super Bowl cost $12.
The Steelers Were the First to Visit the White House
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.
Cruise Ships Needed to be Used as Hotels in 2005
When Jacksonville, Florida, hosted the Super Bowl 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 Gets 108 Footballs
Each team playing in the the big game gets 108 footballs. Of those, 54 are for practice and 54 are for the actual game.
More People Tuned in for Half-Time in 2015
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.
Only Paper Tickets are Valid
Unlike attending most sporting events today, the the big game only issues and accepts paper tickets.
There Has Never Been Overtime in Any Super Bowl
In the history of the big game, no game has gone into overtime.
The Super Bowl has Three Special Words
The words “Commissioner,” “Wilson,” and “Made in the U.S.A” have been imprinted on every single Wilson game football since day one.
Companies Spend Millions on Super Bowl Ads
On average, a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl costs millions of dollars. The most expensive of all time? A $12.4 million ad by Chrysler in 2011.
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