Super Bowl Sunday


Have you ever wondered how much money people spend on this Sunday alone?

The 24 hour count down to the Super Bowl is underway and I can hardly wait.

With all the drinks, chips, a flat screen, and a bunch of friends there is nothing quite like Super Bowl Sunday.

It’s not just normal Sunday that you wake up on and go to church like every other week. There are no 1 or 4 p.m. NFL games on to watch throughout the day. Just hours of pre-game analysis of the big game on later tonight.

The Super Bowl has been deciding the National Football League’s champ since the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl I in 1967.

When it comes to this kind of event, only one other surpasses it when it comes to the amount of food that is consumed by Americans on this particular Sunday. Thanksgiving.

On average, about 15,000 tons of chips and 4,000 tons of popcorn (1 ton in my house alone) is eaten. Over $55 million was expected to be spent on food alone this week and $11.8 million in beer. 30.4 million pounds of snack food will be confirmed tonight (that is twice the daily average of Americans). That’s just food!

Even if you aren’t a football fan you can still watch it for the music performance at halftime and the commercials. Because of how big the venue and it’s consistent high numbers in viewers, the Super Bowl has become one of the biggest stage for artists and advertisements. From Michael Jackson to the Black Eye Peas and Slash, the stage at half time has seen many great artists. This year Madonna will take the big stage with the Cirque du Soleil and Nicki Minaj.

An average advertisement during the Super Bowl is $2,900,000. Because of the size of viewers, the ad reaches over 80 to 90 million people so it may just be worth the cost.

Because it is on a Sunday, Americans have to go to work the next day. So some call in “sick”. In fact, 6% do.

So while you are watching the Super Bowl with your food, beer and friends, ask yourself if it gets any better that that.

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About Kevin Bridge

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee majoring in journalism and electronic media. I am one of the co-founders of The Backfield Press.

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