16 facts you might not know about Super Bowl
The Super Bowl is the National Football League‘s championship game and it is held every year in the United States. It is also one of the most watched broadcasts on American television each year. For this year Super Bowl XLIX, Picture This On Granite is cheering for the New England Patriots.
Because they have won the very first Super Bowl in 1967 and because we have built a honor monument for them, the Green Bay Packers also have a special place in our hearts. Oh well, maybe in next year’s Super Bowl!
So, think you are a big Super Bowl fan? Find out with these 16 interesting Super Bowl Facts:
- The first Super Bowl was held on January 15, 1967. The Green Bay Packers defeated Kansas City 35-10. It was played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
- When the Green Bay Packers won the first Super Bowl, each player received a bonus of $15,000. Kansas City players only received $7,500.
- Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for food consumption in the U.S. Thanksgiving Day is the first.
- Many times the Super Bowl is the most watched broadcast of the year on American television.
- 111 million viewers watched in 2011, making it the most watched television program in American history.
- For 20 years the most watched television show in history had been the last episode of M*A*S*H. The 2010 Super Bowl broke that record.
- It is second to the annual UEFA Championship League’s final game for the most watched sporting event in the world.
- The cost for placing a commercial in the Super Bowl is more expensive than any other television event. The average cost is $2.8 million for 30 seconds of air time. In 1967, when the first Super Bowl was played, commercials only cost between 75,000 and 85,000 for a one minute commercial.
- On Super Bowl Sunday there are approximately 8 million pounds of guacamole eaten. To dip in the guacamole, approximately 14,500 tons of chips are consumed.
- The Super Bowl holds nine of the ten spots for the most watched TV broadcasts of all time in the U.S.
- Roman numerals are used in the Super Bowl (such as Super Bowl XV) because the football season falls in two calendar years.
- Every year there are 72 footballs used for the Super Bowl. There are more than 700,000 footballs purchased for the NFL each year.
- The San Francisco 49ers is the only team to have played in more than one Super Bowl and to have no losses. They are currently at five wins and no losses.
- Jerry Rice, a San Francisco Hall of Famer, has caught eight touchdown passes in the Super Bowl. The second highest is three.
- During Super Bowl XLVII, two brothers were the head coaches of the opposing teams. It was the first time this happened in the Super Bowl (and in the NBA, MLB or NHL), and also the first time in any post-season game for all four major professional sports.
- The Lombardi Trophy, given to the winning NFL Super Bowl team, weighs seven pounds, 21″ high, and worth $25,000. Vince Lombardi was the coach of the Green Bay Packers who won the first Super Bowl in 1967.