About one-third of America watches the Super Bowl. It’s pretty darn popular. More people watch the Super Bowl than live in Germany. Seriously.
It’s amazing to think how many people love the game of football! But it wasn’t always that way. Here are a few statistics that show how much the game has changed on, and off the field since the first game way back in 1967 as compared to last year’s Big Game.
- 1967 The Green Bay Packers played the Kansas City Chiefs
- 1967 Packers players received a $15,000 bonus for winning the Super Bowl
- 1967 A commercial sold for around $45,000 during the game
- 1967 NFL jerseys only had numbers and logos on them
- 1967 The Big Game was called the World Championship Game
- 1967 61,946 were in the stadium for the first game (a non-sell out crowd)
- 2015 The playoffs haven’t yet determined who will be in this year’s Super Bowl
- 2015 Seahawks received $97,000 for winning the game
- 2015 Each tv commercial cost around $4.5 million
- 2015 Players wear names on back of jerseys and NFL merchandise made $2.1 billion
- 2015 For the first time, the Super Bowl won’t have Roman Numerals
- 2015 70,288 people attended the Big Game in the stadium
If those statistics aren’t enough, here’s some stats on all the food we eat at all those tailgate parties.
- According to the Snack Food Administration, Americans will eat 11 million pounds of chips on Super Bowl Sunday
- More than half of Americans plan to eat pizza.
- 2 million cases of beer will be sold (or around 385 gallons)
- We’ll also eat more than 80 million pounds of avocados
Because the first game was in 1967, that means that 2016’s Super Bowl will be the 50th ever! The Packers won that first ever Super Bowl, in case you were wondering, 35-10. This year’s Super Bowl could very well see the Packers again. Aaron Rodgers is having a good year again. 1967 saw a different style of football, but the name of the game remains.
Come watch the Golden Anniversary Game, with us in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’ve got Super Bowl 50 travel packages, Super Bowl tickets, and a Players Super Bowl Tailgate that includes NFL players, Erin Andrews as emcee, and Guy Fieri as chef. We’re going to have a great time celebrating history in the best way possible.