On Sunday, February 11th, at 6:30 pm EST, more than 100 million people are expected to tune in to watch as the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers get set for a showdown in the NFL’s championship game.
The game will be held at Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders, in Las Vegas, Nevada. CBS will broadcast the game, with Nickelodeon offering an alternative broadcast for kids and families.
Viewers can stream the game on Paramount+ or sign in with their TV provider on CBS.com or CBS Sports apps.
Did you know Super Bowl Sunday is considered to be an unofficial American Holiday? Yeah, we didn’t either. It brings people together for parties and festivities, even if they’re not avid football fans. So we decided to check out just how American-made this unofficial “American holiday” really is. We did some digging and put together some fun facts about the Big Game, along with some details on just how American-made the event is.
Here are 45 fun facts for you:
- The most watched Big Game was XLIX. The Patriots’ last-second victory over the Seahawks was the most watched in television history, with an estimated 114.4 million viewers.
- The Super Bowl has been moved once: In 1993 Arizona voted against recognizing MLK Day as a national holiday.
- The Monday after the Super Bowl is often considered one of the least productive workdays, as many people stay up late watching the game and festivities.
- Some companies report an increase in employee sick calls on the day after the Super Bowl, often referred to as the “Super Bowl Flu.”
- In 1985, the Chicago Bears recorded the “Super Bowl Shuffle,” a rap song and music video featuring team members. It became a cultural phenomenon and is considered one of the most famous sports songs.
- The Super Bowl has a global audience, and it’s increasingly popular outside the United States. Many people who aren’t necessarily fans of American football tune in for the spectacle, commercials, and halftime show.
- Made in USA Fact: The NFL uses 72 game balls during the Super Bowl. Each and every football is specifically made just for the Super Bowl by Wilson, an American manufacturer. Yes, you read that right. Each and every football has a Made in USA tag on it! The footballs are all made by hand at the Wilson Factory in Ada, Ohio. In fact, all of the footballs used during the NFL season are provided by Wilson!
- Super Bowl XXVII was one of the more sloppy Super Bowls ever played. The tilt between the Cowboys and Bills featured 12 (!) fumbles, eight by Buffalo and four by Dallas.
- The largest crowd in Super Bowl history dates back to January 20, 1980. Played in Pasadena, the Rose Bowl packed in over 103,985 fans to watch the Steelers versus the Rams in Super Bowl XIV.
- The player with the most Super Bowl rings is Tom Brady with seven Super Bowl rings. Brady won his first six with the Patriots and the seventh with the Buccaneers.
- The most watched halftime show was Katy Perry and the infamous Left Shark’s halftime show at Super Bowl XLIX. It drew even more viewers than the game itself. 118.5 million people watched her performance.
- The NFL did not turn to pop acts for the halftime show until 1991. Before then, it was largely comprised of marching bands. The New Kids on the Block performed in 1991.
- Halftime performers are not paid in money, only in exposure.
- Made in USA Fact: The Vince Lombardi trophy is awarded to the winner of the Super Bowl each year. American manufacturer Tiffany’s and Co. makes it in a silversmith out of Parsippany, NJ. The trophy stands 22 inches tall, weighs 7 pounds, and depicts a football in a kicking position on a three-concave-sided stand. It takes about four months to make, is entirely made of silver, and is worth $25,000. Unlike trophies such as the Stanley Cup and the Grey Cup, a new Vince Lombardi Trophy is made every year. The winning team maintains permanent possession of that trophy, with one notable exception being Super Bowl V‘s, won by the then-Baltimore Colts.
- As Don Shula was being carried off the field after the Dolphins’ Super Bowl win in 1973, a fan reached up to shake his hand and stole his watch.
- Many fans have Super Bowl rituals, such as wearing lucky jerseys, sitting in specific spots, or following pre-game routines, believing these actions influence the outcome.
- At least 17 people attend the average Super Bowl party.
- The first Super Bowl, held in 1967, had tickets priced at $12, and the game didn’t sell out. Today, getting a ticket for the big game requires a significant investment.
- In 1980, the Steelers were the first Super Bowl-winning team to visit the White House. They visited with Jimmy Carter in a joint ceremony with the Pirates, who won the 1979 World Series.
- Peyton Manning is the only quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl with two different teams. Five players share the record for most points scored in a Super Bowl. Four of them are 49ers. Two of them came in the same game when Ricky Watters and Jerry Rice both scored 18 points in Super Bowl XXIX.
- Phil Simms was the first Super Bowl MVP to say he was “going to Disney World.” He did so after completing 22 of 25 passes in Super Bowl XXI, setting the record for highest completion percentage.
- Each member of the winning team will receive $97,000. Each member of the losing team gets $49,000 each. (Baseball and basketball receive more.)
- No team has ever been shut out in the Super Bowl. Miami scored the fewest points when it only mustered three in Super Bowl VI against the Cowboys.
- Made in USA Fact: The big game cannot start without the Coin Toss. And guess where the coin is made? Yes. You guessed it! American manufacturer Highland Mint makes the coin used at the Super Bowl based out of Melbourne, FL. They are a full-service mint with state-of-the-art facilities housed within its 40,000-foot building. They take a job from start to finish, providing layout, design, and processing of precious metals, among other services! Don’t worry; the collectible Super Bowl coins are also Made in the USA.
- Coin Toss: Heads have turned up 25 times while it has landed on tails 27 times.
- Adam Vinatieri holds the record as the oldest kicker in NFL history. He retired in May 26, 2021 at the age of 48.
- The first two Big Games were not even referred to as the Super Bowl at the time. It wasn’t until Super Bowl III that the name was coined.
- Not all watching are fans. Some watch as part of a Super Bowl party. Others watch the commercials. Ads sell for $5M to $5.5M for just 30 seconds of air time! That’s more than $183,000 per second.
- During Super Bowl I in 1967, NBC was still in airing a commercial when the second half kicked off. The Packers were asked to kick off again by officials.
- Fans will chomp down about 1.23 billion chicken wings, over 8 million pounds of guacamole, and about 14,000+ tons of chips will be consumed.
- About 52+ million cases of beer are sold on Super Bowl Sunday.
- The record for the largest crowd for a Super Bowl was set in 1979 when 103,985 fans watched the Steelers upend the Rams at the Rose Bowl.
- Made in USA fact: Most of the helmets worn by the NFL players are manufactured by two companies: Riddell and Schutt Sports! Both are American manufacturers. Both provide almost 100% of the headgear used by the NFL.
- This will be the Chiefs 4th Big Game appearance and the 49ers 7th
- Joe Montana not only emerged victorious from all four of his Super Bowl appearances, but he also did it without throwing a single interception in any of those games.
- Ben Roethlisberger had a 22.6 passer rating in his first Super Bowl win. That’s the lowest rating for a winning quarterback in history.
- According to the USDA, Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest food consumption day in the USA. Thanksgiving is the first!
- Reba McEntire, the “Queen of Country” will perform the national anthem this year.
- The highest winning score was during Super Bowl XXIV on January 28, 1990 – San Francisco 49ers, 55, Denver Broncos, 10. This was also the largest margin of victory to date.
- Teams that wear white jerseys have historically had better success in the Super Bowl. Over 60% of teams that wore white jerseys have won the game.
- The oldest Super Bowl-winning QB is Tom Brady, 43, winning Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Tom Brady is the first QB to appear in 10 Super Bowls. NFL record.
- Joe Montana won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) award three times. Tom Brady has won it four times.
- The 49ers started in 1946. The Chiefs were created in 1959.
- The tradition of dumping a cooler of Gatorade on the winning coach started with the New York Giants in the 1980s. It has since become a Super Bowl tradition.
Did you know some of these facts? Do you have some facts to share with us? Let us know in the comments below!