Whether you’re checking out the game, the commercials or the Black Eyed Peas’ halftime performance, keep things lively by having some Super Bowl trivia at the ready. Drop a few of these stats on your friends, and The Wiseguys guarantee they’ll be impressed.
Super Bowl Sunday is practically an unofficial national holiday, so it’s no surprise that the day doubles as a food fest as well. The California Avocado Commission estimates that fans will consume 160 million avocados (in the form of guacamole). During 2009′s Super Bowl in Tampa’s, 55,200 hot dogs were sold.
2. HALFTIME SHOW
In 1993, Michael Jackson performed.
It would be this halftime performance that the T.V. ratings increased more than the game itself. After that, there was determination on getting “A-list” performers to make the halftime shows the way they are today.
3. DOMINANT TEAMS
With their appearance this year, the Pittsburgh Steelers will tie with the Dallas Cowboys as the team that has played in the most Super Bowls—eight in all.
The Steelers have already won six Super Bowl games, making them the league record holder.
4. I’M GOING TO DISNEYWORLD
The first athlete to utter “I’m going to Disney World!” in the wake of a triumphant Super Bowl performance was Phil Simms, reportedly paid $75,000 for the insta-plug in the moments after he was named MVP of the 1987 game.
5. POST-SUPER BOWL SHOW
This year, a special episode of Glee airs after the game.
The first Super Bowl aired on both NBC and CBS; the networks followed up the game with Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color and Lassie, respectively.
6. VINCE LOMBARDI TROPHY
The Vince Lombardi Trophy depicts a regulation-size football atop a vaguely tee-like structure. Designed and manufactured by Tiffany & Co., the sterling silver award weighs seven pounds and takes nearly 70 hours to forge and assemble. Its estimated value is $50,000.
The NFL claims that the Super Bowl is viewed by one billion people, which is actually a misleading figure. It is viewable by as many as one billion people around the globe, but about 100 to 105 million actually tune in, largely from the United States. The most-viewed game was last year’s clash between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints, which attracted an audience of 106.5 million at its peak. The highest-rated game (in terms of percentage of actual viewers) remains Super Bowl XVI in 1982, featuring the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals. It was viewed in 49.1 percent of U.S. households.
8. GAME BALLS
Football isn’t like baseball; no game sequence demands more than two or three balls. That said, the NFL doesn’t take any chances with its biggest showcase of the year—216 official game balls are custom-produced for each Super Bowl game, imprinted with the team names and game logo. In total, 108 footballs are delivered to the game; the two contenders are allowed to do whatever they please with the rest.
Each of the 44 Super Bowls have been played either in a warm-weather location or under the protection of a stadium dome. Florida has hosted 14, the most Super Bowls for one state. New Orleans trails close behind with nine, while the greater Los Angeles area has hosted seven.
Only in 2014, at the New Meadowlands Stadium outside New York City, will the game finally be played outdoors in the winter chill.
Pint-size venues need not apply for the privilege of hosting a Super Bowl. Only 61,946 fans attended Super Bowl I in Los Angeles, while Super Bowl XIV in Pasadena has held the attendance record since 1980, with 103,985 fans.
That figure, however, could be surpassed in Arlington, Texas, this year.
The new stadium seats 80,000, but can be configured to accommodate as many as 13,000 more fans.
Throw in the parking lot—yes, tickets are being sold to view the game outside the stadium on mega-size screens—and Super Bowl XLV could seize the attendance record.The outdoor tickets cost $200 each, but include parking. Seriously.