- Around 11 million people drive to the house of a friend or family member, a full 10% of those who catch the broadcast. In fact, this may be a growing trend, with the majority of those prepared to head further afield for the game belonging to the 18-24 age group. Of course, party crashers and college kids commandeering their parents’ TV may account for a lot of these people but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great idea.
- Fortunately for local businesses in the area that the event is held, it appears that those who travel to the Super Bowl itself are flush with cash and aren’t shy about flashing it around. Some reports indicate that Super Bowl tourists spend as much as 4 times more than the average tourist, which perhaps is not so surprising given that the ticket prices for the event have risen meteorically over the decades, limiting the live audience to the fairly wealthy.
- Chicken wings are far and away the most popular Super Bowl snack, with around 1.25 billion chicken wings consumed in the States on one single day. That’s 625 million chickens who’ve contributed to the day’s celebrations. Those unfortunate (but oh so tasty) fowl outnumber the entire human population of North America by more than 57 million.
- Potato chips are one of America’s favourite snack foods year round but in spite of that fact, it may still come as a shock that the weight of the chips consumed on Super Bowl Sunday is equivalent to more than 24 Statues of Liberty.
- And with chips, you need dips. Guacamole is the favored option, and to make this guacamole an entire horde of avocados meet their smushy ends. If every American man, woman, child and infant were to consume their fair share, everyone would have to eat a whole avocado each. That doesn’t sound so bad until you realise that there are millions of American babies who aren’t pulling their weight on the guacamole eating front.
- All that salty food inspires a powerful thirst which many Super Bowl fans choose to quench with beer. 325.5 million gallons of beer. It would be easy to tell you how many swimming pools that would fill, but perhaps this will do a better job of putting it into perspective: every adult in the U.S. would have to down more than 1.3 gallons of the stuff if it was evenly apportioned.
Media and Entertainment
- The estimated cost for 30 seconds of airtime during the Super Bowl is $4.5 million dollars. If you want to up your airtime to 60 seconds… well, you do the math. The crazy thing is that in 2015 more than a third of Super Bowl broadcast was taken up by advertising, and more than $518 million was spent to air these commercials. That’s excluding the hefty cost of producing them. In spite of the intimidating price tag most advertisers would have considered it money well spent, as they each had the chance to reach more than 110 million people.
- Not to be left behind by its older sibling, social media makes up for its comparatively low profile on Super Bowl Sunday by being extraordinarily prolific. During last year’s Super Bowl Sunday, on Twitter alone, there were enough words written about the broadcast to equal around 1000 copies of War and Peace. And just to prove that all that TV advertising isn’t for nothing, 1.9 million people tweeted about the Esurance TV spot.
- Halftime shows have been a staple of the Super Bowl since 1991 and the amount of money poured into the elaborate productions now border on the obscene, but that’s to be expected for the centerpiece of such a gigantic event. What’s more surprising is that the megastars invited to headline the Super Bowl halftime show aren’t paid a cent, expenses aside. The logic is that no matter how famous you are, getting in front of an audience of 110 million at once isn’t something you’re able to do any other way. Technically this isn’t a statistic, more the lack of one, but it’s still pretty crazy so it made the cut.