The Super Bowl is the most watched sports event in the US drawing close to 100 million viewers annually. And that's a lot of eyeballs.
In 2019, one 30-second Super Bowl commercial is expected to bring a price tag of $5 million. (In the first Super Bowl, it was $42,000.)
And if you think the Super Bowl is just an American phenomenon, you've never been to the UK or Australia on Super Bowl Sunday.
In fact, the game is popular with television audiences in 185 countries worldwide with broadcasts in 30 different languages.
This Super Bowl Sunday amaze your friends and family with these additional choice nuggets of information, trivia, and fun facts about only the biggest game day of the year:
Super Bowl game facts
Joe Montana: most
Super Bowl MVPs.
• The Green Bay Packers, led by legendary coach Vince Lombardi, won the first ever Super Bowl game in 1967 against the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10. During the game, half-time entertainment consisted of a few university marching bands.
• The biggest loss in Super Bowl history was in 1990 when the 49ers trounced the Broncos 55-10. The closest ever Super Bowl matchup happened a year later, when the Giants just barely beat the Bills 20-19 in Super Bowl XXV.
• The Pittsburgh Steelers are the winning-est team in Super Bowl history with a total of six Super Bowl victories.
• The player with most Super Bowl MVPs? That was Joe Montana who was named the most valuable player three times. Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady, and Eli Manning have won the award twice.
• The four teams who have never appeared at the Super Bowl? To date they are the Lions, Jaguars, Browns, and Texans.
• The lowest scoring Super Bowl ever? That happened as recently as 2019, where the punts became the most exciting part of the game -- as the Patriots defeated the Rams 13-3 in an historic snoozer.
Super Bowl party food facts
• Americans are expected to devour more than a billion chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday -- followed by 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8 million pounds of guacamole and 3.8 million pounds of popcorn -- all washed down by 51.7 million cases of beer.
• While many Americans serve homemade Super Bowl party food, ordering out is also very popular. Pizza Hut, Dominoes, and Papa John's enjoy a major spike in delivery orders on Super Bowl Sunday.
• Super Bowl Sunday is the most popular grilling day of the winter. It is also the 2nd biggest eating day in the U.S. after Thanksgiving -- and the
2nd biggest drunk-driving day in the U.S. after St. Patrick's Day.
• While big crowds on Super Bowl Sunday are often expected at sports bars, attendance has dipped in past years partly due to the fact that most Americans now gather around their own wide-screen TVs to party during the game.
Half time trivia
Rain, right on cue.
• 1993 marked the first time a major act took the stage for a Super Bowl entertainment extravaganza. It featured an 8-minute moon-walking performance by Michael Jackson which was instantly heralded as a major game changer. Today, it remains the performance to beat at every Super Bowl.
• Michael's sister, Janet Jackson, provided the most controversial half time show in Super Bowl history when she exposed her breast while singing a duet with Justin Timberlake on live TV. Along with evoking general outrage the incident added two new phrases to the American lexicon -- "wardrobe malfunction" and "Nipplegate".
• Still considered the most bizarrely entertaining half time show ever, Diana Ross was dramatically swept away from the stage by helicopter as she ended her performance in 1995 with "Take Me Higher".
• The only torrential downpour ever to happen at halftime was right on cue. It happened during Prince's epic performance of "Purple Rain" in 2007.
• Katy Perry broke all records for halftime show viewership with 118.5 million people turning into watch the Super Bowl halftime show in 2015. Bruno Mars was the previous record holder with 115.3 million viewers in 2014, surpassing Madonna's 114 million in 2012.
• The amount paid for a Super Bowl halftime performance is: $0. Although stars aren't paid for their performances, the 10-15-minute concert provides them with tons of free worldwide publicity.
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