The Super Bowl is the largest and grandest of all American sporting events in scope, size and cost, and the epic matchup only continues to grow in magnificence with each subsequent year. The meeting first began as a championship game between the sport’s two leagues, the NFL and rival AFL, before the merger began in 1970. Typically the most watched annual broadcast in the country, Super Bowl Sunday falls only behind the soccer UEFA Champions League as the most watched yearly sporting event in the world. Super Bowl Sunday is American tradition, camaraderie and a sacred convention to sports fans everywhere.
The Super Bowl’s History and Interesting Facts
Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt is credited with giving the game its iconic name, although it was still called The NFL-AFL Championship for its first two years.
The Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls.
Super Bowl game day only trails Thanksgiving as the second largest day for food consumption in the U.S. In fact, says the National Chicken Council, we consume about 1.25 billion chicken wings on game day. That’s more than 100 million pounds of America’s favorite football party snack.
The San Francisco 49ers hold the record for the most points scored in a game, with 55 total in a 1990 smackdown against Denver.
New Orleans has the title for hosting the most Super Bowls, with a grand total of 11. Miami follows closely with 10.
Tickets to the first Super Bowl ran attendees between $6-$12. This year, the face value of a ticket to the big game at MetLife Stadium could run you up to $2,600.
Until last year, San Francisco was the only team to appear in multiple Super Bowls without a single loss. They fell to the Ravens 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII.
As of right now, the only franchises who have yet to make a Super Bowl appearance are Houston, Jacksonville, Detroit and Cleveland.
What’s Super Bowl Sunday without a party? Research shows that 9 out 10 Americans will watch the game at a house rather than a restaurant or bar.
Super Bowl Sunday continues to top the charts in viewership. Last year, a record-breaking 111.3 million patrons tuned in to watch the 49ers challenge the Ravens.