The world just witnessed the Philadelphia Eagles reign victorious over the New England Patriots in the 52nd Super Bowl – the biggest football game of the year and the pride and joy of America’s sports scene. Every year, the Super Bowl provides endless entertainment for sports fans all over the world. Even those who don’t follow American football get in the spirit of things for this prestigious event. Everything, from the actual game itself, to the half-time performance along with the national anthem and the über high-budget commercials make the event what it is today.
Whether you’re a die-hard Super Bowl fanatic or take a casual interest in football, here are some fun facts about this year’s Super Bowl to boost your knowledge of what happened this year. Get prepared to wow your friends with these trivia tidbits.
- The 2018 Super Bowl was allegedly the coldest Super Bowl ever recorded with temperatures at a frosty -16 degrees Celsius at the time of kick off.
- We always knew that advertising during the football game was expensive but did you know that this year the price of a 30 second commercial in 2018 was 5.05 million dollars. It seems to be worth the investment though given the phenomenally high spectator rate.
- The most expensive ticket for the 2018 Super Bowl cost a whopping $175,790 with the average ticket price still costing attendees a huge $5,000.
- The most popular commercial during this year’s Super Bowl was for Amazon’s Alexa, which was as star-studded as it was expensive, racking up a hefty bill of around $15 million.
- 113 million people tuned in to watch the Super Bowl this year.
- Super Bowl Sunday is officially the second highest food consumption day in the USA – second only to Thanksgiving – and it is estimated that Americans consumed almost 1.5 billion chicken wings between them on the day of the event.
- Both of the teams get paid, regardless of whether they win or lose. It is estimated that the winners of the 2018 Super Bowl will take home a cool $200,000 each, while the losers will pocket around $80,000.
- The half-time performers don’t get paid! This might seem surprising seeing as we’ve seen huge names, such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and, this year, Justin Timberlake. However, the exposure of performing at such an event is, in itself, worth millions of dollars.
- With the Super Bowl falling on a Sunday, it should come as no surprise that the next day is pretty slow in the offices. In 2018, it is expected that around 14 million people will call in sick on Monday or will already have the day booked off.
- There was a lot of controversy over Justin Timberlake’s tribute to Prince during his performance. Not only has JT been accused of dissing Prince while he was alive, but it is believed that Prince would not have approved of having a video of himself performing projected on a screen posthumous.
Did you watch Justin Timberlake’s performance at the 2018 Super Bowl? What did you think?