Super Bowl Sunday is an unofficial national holiday celebrated on the first or second Sunday in February each year, falling on February 13 this year. On this day, the Super Bowl, or National Football League’s (NFL’s) annual championship game is played. The Super Bowl LVI or Super Bowl 2022 will be the 56th Super Bowl and the 52nd modern-era NFL Championship. It will also be the eighth Super Bowl hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Area. The last one was the Super Bowl XXVII in 1993.
History of Super Bowl Sunday
Although not an official holiday, Super Bowl Sunday is an occasion when football lovers and their friends and families, including those who are not normally football fans, gather together to watch the Super Bowl. Until 1969, the Super Bowl’s name was the AFL–NFL World Championship Game. The Super Bowl moniker was adopted for Super Bowl III. Since 2004, when the game started taking place on the first or second Sunday in February, the Super Bowl has been the centerpiece of the daylong celebration called ‘Super Bowl Sunday’.
The unofficial national holiday is filled with festivities, feasting, and pageantry that goes beyond the stadium and host city to the homes of football lovers and usually starts long before kickoff takes place in the late afternoon or early evening. The celebrations often continue long after the game. The Super Bowl is noted to be the most-watched program on television in America and is ranked as the second most-watched sports event worldwide after the World Cup.
The first four Super Bowls were played after the merger agreement between the NFL and the rival American Football League (AFL) from 1967 to 1970, with the NFL and AFL winning two games each. After the merger, the 10 AFL teams and three NFL teams formed the American Football Conference (AFC), while the remaining 13 NFL teams formed the National Football Conference (NFC). Since 1971, the two best teams from each conference have played all the Super Bowl games, with the NFC leading the AFC 26–25.
Super Bowl Sunday timeline
The Super Bowl’s original name, the AFL–NFL World Championship Game, changes to Super Bowl III.
The Super Bowl Championship Game is played on the first Sunday in February for the first time.
Super Bowl XLIX is the most-watched game with 114,4 million viewers.
A 30-second Super Bowl ad costs $5,6 million.
Super Bowl Sunday FAQs
Which team has made the most Super Bowl appearances?
The New England Patriots have participated 11 times.
Which team has the most Super Bowl wins?
The New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers are tied with six wins each.
Which team has the most Super Bowl losses?
Ironically it is also the New England Patriots with five losses.
Super Bowl Sunday Activities
Join other sports fans in bars
Super Bowl Sunday is best experienced with fellow sports lovers who troop to stadiums, bars, and homes long before kickoff takes place in the late afternoon to grab beers and host a mini party before the game starts.
Watch documentaries of past Super Bowl wins
Fire up your spirit ahead of the game or quell your anger for missing out on the live event! Listen to hours of radio programming featuring the glories of past Super Bowls, interviews with past and present NFL greats, and hard-boiled game analysis.
Watch the game
The atmosphere and sportsmanship spirit around the Super Bowl is best felt in the stadium where the game is played! Get your tickets ahead of time and arrive early. There’s no better way to observe Super Bowl Sunday than attending the game!
5 Facts You Should Know About The Super Bowl
Most watched program in the U.S.
The Super Bowl is consecutively the most-watched program on television in America annually and the second most-watched sports event worldwide.
Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots
In February 2015, the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots played in the Super Bowl that saw 168 million people tuned in for the game, making it the most viewed program in history.
Super Bowl commercial cost
In 2015, the price for 30 seconds of commercial airtime for the Super Bowl was approximately $4,5 million or $150,000 for every second!
Make some money
You can even place bets on your favorite team.
Enjoy good food while watching the Super Bowl
Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year in America.
Why We Love Super Bowl Sunday
Super Bowl Sunday is filled with pre-match and post-match festivity. It’s easily the best part of the day.
Commercials that air during the Super Bowl are clever and well-made due to their high price and margin of exposure, and we love it! Companies sometimes spend more than the $4,5 million they pay to air their ads on the big game’s screen on making the advertisement itself.
We love the half-time performance! The Super Bowl stage hosts the biggest entertainers in the U.S. to perform and dazzle the crowd.
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