With everyone hoping for a return to normality in 2021, people are looking forward to getting back to enjoying the things they used to. Gatherings of friends and family, going to shops and restaurants again, and being able to have a beer or twelve with your buddies at a sports bar. And what better event to look forward to than the Super Bowl, which is heading our way on February 7!
Watched by millions each year, the Super Bowl is the greatest sporting event in the United States, but there are some things you probably didn’t know about this sporting extravaganza. So here are 5 facts you didn’t know about the Super Bowl: 1. It was never meant to be called the Super Bowl
It’s hard to imagine it being called anything else, but at the time of the Super Bowl’s inception in 1967 many names were considered before the organizers landed on the name we all know now.
The NFL Commissioner at the time was Pete Rozelle, who gave the match the official name of “AFL-NFL World Championship Game”, but the name never stuck and, in the end, it was the founder of the AFL and owner of Kansas City Chiefs, Lamar Hunt, who threw the name Super Bowl into conversation after seeing his son playing with a “super ball” toy.
Hunt himself said the name wasn’t great and that they could change it, but the media and word of mouth took the name and ran with it. The rest, as they say, is history.2. Chrysler spent $12.4m to advertise during halftime
It’s no secret that big brands pay millions of dollars to advertise during the Super Bowl halftime break, with companies like Coca-Cola and car giant Jaguar paying $8m each for a minute of running time, but one company broke the mould with the 2011 advertisement of its latest model: Chrysler.
Not only did the advertisement run for 2 minutes, it also featured rap superstar Eminem, and became an overnight internet sensation. And it didn’t just showcase its new product beautifully; the Detroit-based car manufacturer managed to do what no company has done for the city in decades – bring a new lease of life to Detroit’s auto-industry. 3. The first Super Bowl tickets were sold for just $12 and the event didn’t even sell out
The very first Super Bowl was played on January 15 1967, with 61,946 people attending the LA Memorial Coliseum that day. However, if you watch the game now, you’ll be astounded to see something that you’d never witness today: empty seats!
With prices starting at $6 and going up to $12 for the best seats, the game still didn’t manage to sell out. However, at the time, the tickets were considered overpriced and some fans stayed home out of principle. Plus, some major publications, like the New York Times, didn’t see what all the fuss was about, so in many places the game received very little press. 4. Americans bet almost $6bn legally on Super Bowl LIV 2020
With more and more States legalizing gambling and sports betting, and more set to follow, betting on the Super Bowl saw a huge surge in popularity in 2020. While many people have found ways to bet overseas in the past, this year saw a record number of bets being placed legally within the United States.
Online gambling and sports betting is gaining more popularity year on year and there are a whole bunch of good sites for betting out there. In 2020, legal bets exceeded $6bn and the trend looks to rise for Super Bowl 2021. 5. Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year for Americans
Everyone likes to eat during the Super Bowl – it soaks up the beer! But did you know that Americans eat more on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year, apart from Thanksgiving. That’s right – we eat more food watching the Super Bowl than we do on Christmas Day. According to Wikipedia, some statistics include 1.25bn chicken wings and 8 million pounds (3,600 tons) of guacamole.