Come the first Sunday in February, the question won't be whether or not you'll watch the Super Bowl. It's whether you'll be checking out the game, the commercials or the halftime performance. Whatever you choose, keep things lively by having some Super Bowl trivia at the ready. Drop a few of these stat bombs on your fellow fans, and we guarantee they'll be impressed.
1. Second Food Day Behind Thanksgiving
Super Bowl Sunday is practically an unofficial national holiday, so it's no surprise that the day doubles as a food fest as well. Thanksgiving excluded, Americans consume more food during the Super Bowl than any other day, according to USDA stats cited by . We buy 12.5 million pizzas that Sunday, averaging $26.45 per order, according to , and the California Avocado Commission estimates that fans consume 160 million avocados (most likely in the form of guacamole, of course). But it's not like game attendees will skimp on the smorgasbord, either: For example, during 2009's Super Bowl XLIII at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium, 55,200 hot dogs were sold. That's not quite one dog per fan, but it's close.
2. Unlikely Halftime Performances
While the Super Bowl halftime show is now the domain of big-name musical acts, the first nine games showcased college marching bands and drill teams, occasionally supplemented by a "celebrity" like Miss Texas 1973. There were also themes such as the "World of Children's Dreams" in 1985, which involved the Air Force, and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye" in 1995, which featured Patti LaBelle. Though the most unlikely halftime show had to have been 1978's "From Paris to Paris of America," which featured a gaggle of New Orleans musicians—because nothing says "tackle" like a clarinet solo.
3. Lots of People Only Watch the Halftime Show
Speaking of bizarre halftime performances, Katy Perry's costumed backup dancers (Left Shark, looking at you) caught the attention of more viewers than the actual game, . Perry's halftime performance drew 118.5 million viewers compared to the game's 114.4 million.
4. A Fan Saved Super Bowl History
Super Bowl I (1967) wasn't broadcast live but televised after the fact simultaneously by both NBC and CBS (it is the only Super Bowl to have been simulcast). Producers later erased the footage to film soap operas, according to . That precious archival footage was restored, however, when a fan came forward with a personal recording of the game. Whew!
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5. All Teams Aren't Created Equal
Like it or not, some teams walk onto the field with an advantage. In 2017, for example, the Atlanta Falcons, who had only been to the Super Bowl once before, in 1998, went up against four-time Super Bowl champs the New England Patriots.
6. Athletes Are Paid to Plug Disney
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. However, it hasn't only been game MVPs who were selected for the spot. Super Bowl XXXV MVP Ray Lewis—who'd been a suspect in a murder investigation (he ultimately pled guilty to obstruction of justice)—was notably passed over in favor of teammate Trent Dilfer, who barely made a blip in the Baltimore Ravens' annihilation of the New York Giants.
7. It's TV Ratings Grab
The post–Super Bowl TV time slot has been a mixed bag for new shows. Winners (based on ratings and time on air) include The Wonder Years, Homicide: Life on the Street and Undercover Boss. Losers include Grand Slam, MacGruderandLoud, The Last Precinct and Extreme. Fun fact: 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. Photo: courtesy of ABC
8. The Trophy Belongs in Tiffany's
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. Prior to Super Bowl XXX, the trophy was presented to the winning team's owner in the locker room. Since then, it's been presented on the field after the game amidst a deluge of confetti.
9. Hundreds of Millions of Viewers
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 110 million usually tune in, largely from the United States. More than 114 million people watched the 2015 Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, making it the country's . The highest-rated game (in terms of percentage of actual viewers) remains , featuring the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals. It was viewed in 49.1 percent of U.S. households.
10. Hundreds of Custom-Made Footballs
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.
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11. Climate Control Is a Priority
The NFL may be filled with tough athletes, but the one thing the players don't seem to like is the cold weather. Each of the 44 Super Bowls have been played either in a warm-weather location or under the protection of a stadium dome. Florida (including Miami and Tampa) 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.
12. Seats for Days
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 (despite the ), while Super Bowl XIV in Pasadena has held the attendance record since 1980, with 103,985 fans. That figure, sadly, won't be surpassed in Minneapolis at Super Bowl LII: U.S. Bank Stadium seats just 66,655.Tickets are going for $3,700 a piece and up, but a ticket to the , to be held the night before, will set you back just $85.
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