It’s officially Super Bowl Sunday folks! Today, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers will face off at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Here are 5 crazy Super Bowl facts to keep you going until kickoff…
More Footballs Than You May Think Are Used in the Super Bowl. Each of the teams that plays in the Super Bowl gets 108 footballs apiece for the Super Bowl game. Half of them are used in practices leading up to the big game, and the other half are used during the game itself. During a typical Super Bowl, 120 balls are used. (The additional ones are kicker footballs, used for all kicking plays.)
Halftime Entertainers Don’t Get Paid Many famous singers have appeared at the half-time shows at the Super Bowl, including Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Prince, but they were not paid anything to perform. But don’t feel too badly for them because these entertainers are getting the equivalent of millions of dollars in terms of exposure and publicity. Super Bowl viewer data has shown that the musical shows at halftime often have higher ratings than the games themselves. Today, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV halftime show at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
The Price of Super Bowl Tickets Has Risen Astronomically In 1967, when the first Super Bowl was played between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs, tickets only cost around $6. Apparently many people found that price too costly because 30,000 of the seats at this first Super Bowl were empty. In 2016, the average Super Bowl ticket cost was more than $4,700, which is still far too expensive for the average football fan.
The Balls Used in the Game Are Made in America The footballs used in the actual game are made in Ada, Ohio, by the Wilson Football Factory, which produces over 700,000 footballs each year. The game balls are constructed of steer hide and are made by hand. The hides used are treated in Chicago at the Horween Factory and stamped with small Ws to show their authenticity.
It Wasn't Always "Super"
The Super Bowl wasn’t actually referred to as the Super Bowl until Super Bowl III. At the time, what we now know as Super Bowl I and II were just called the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. The third Super Bowl was officially given that name thanks to Lamar Hunt, the main founder of the American Football League and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs. According to legend, Hunt knew his daughter played with a toy called a "Super Ball" and it stuck in his head when the league was looking for a less cumbersome name for the event.