Super Bowl LIV (54) will crown either the Kansas City Chiefs or the San Francisco 49ers as champions of the National Football League’s 100th season. The backdrop and timing – Miami Gardens, Florida at the turn of the decade and the NFL’s century mark – are more than fitting, too. Serious long-term threats face both the game of football and the Miami metro area – namely, head injuries and rising sea levels. But for now, the party is still going strong in South Florida, and the NFL’s ratings are rebounding.
One reason this year’s Super Bowl figures to draw a lot of interest is that it features exciting young talent at marquee positions. The starting quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs and Jimmy Garoppolo of the 49ers, accounted for 56 total touchdowns during the regular season and are a combined 52 years old (last year’s winning QB, Tom Brady, is 42). Mahomes, who became a household name with an MVP season in 2018, is also steadily becoming a household face by co-starring in a series of commercials for State Farm, among other endorsement deals.
So it’s no wonder why millions of people will tune in on television. But the fact that we’ll again consume more than a billion chicken wings while watching billions of dollars’ worth of commercials with a bit of football mixed in might just boggle your mind. And if you want interesting Super Bowl facts, we’ve got plenty more where that came from.
Only time will tell which team ends up making the 220-mile trek up Florida’s Turnpike to Disney World after the game. But we can certainly get you prepared for the action in the meantime. Below, you’ll find an awesome infographic with our favorite Super Bowl LIV fun facts, plus a Q&A with a panel of sports business experts. Enjoy the game!
Top 5 Super Bowl Facts for 2020:
- $5,706: The average cost of a ticket to the past five Super Bowls.
- $5.6 Million: The average cost for a 30-second commercial during Super Bowl LIV (up 107 % since 2008).
- 1.4 Billion: Chicken wings will be eaten during the Super Bowl weekend, plus at least 11 .2 million pounds of chips, 8 million pounds of guacamole and 10 million pounds of ribs.
- 1 in 2: People would sacrifice their vacation days for one year to watch their team win the Super Bowl. More than 1 in 3 would give up their annual bonus.
- 22.7 Million: American adults are likely to bet on the Super Bowl, legally wagering a record breaking $325 million.
For additional insight into the business of the big game, and the NFL more generally, we posed the following questions to a panel of leading experts. You can check out their bios and responses below.
- Who's your pick to win?
- What kind of economic impact do you expect the Super Bowl will have on the Miami metro area?
- What trends do you expect from the commercials this year? Is Super Bowl ad time an effective investment for companies?
- What are the biggest issues facing the future of the league economically?