Did you know that the Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls (1966, 1967)? Ok, that was an easy one. How about that the average Super Bowl viewer will consume around 1,200 calories while snacking during the game or that fans combine to eat over 1.23 billion chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday?
You’re probably wondering what’s with all the facts, right? Well, considering that the big game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco is just a mere two days away, it seems appropriate. If the first three facts didn’t amuse you, I have one more for you. The city that hosts the Super Bowl can bring in a whopping $150 million.
The Super Bowl is great for many reasons, but one thing sets it apart from the three other major sports in the U.S. Any guesses? Unlike the NHL, NBA, or MLB, where the champion is crowned after a best-of-seven series, the Super Bowl is a one game, winner-take-all spectacle. Also, the Super Bowl host city is determined years in advance. What does that mean? It means that neither team in the Super Bowl has home field advantage, unless of course the team from the host city advances to the game. That’s a pretty rare feat. In fact, in the 47-year history of the Super Bowl, it’s never been done.
In the other three major sports, each conference champion is guaranteed to play at least two games in front of their home crowd during the championship series. This benefits bars, restaurants, and hotels in both cities. Detroit experienced an economic boost in October after the Tigers advanced to the World Series. Before the Fall Classic kicked off, some predicted Detroit would take in as much as $30 million. While $30 million is a lot, it doesn’t compare to the $150 million the Super Bowl brings in.
Let’s compare the two. The World Series can last as many as seven games over a nine or 10 day period. On the high end, you’re only looking at a total of around $80 million when you combine the two cities. When you look at the Super Bowl, fans typically spend five or six days in the host city prior to the game, yet the city can expect to make in excess of $100 million.
It doesn’t hurt that New Orleans is the host of the game this year. Bourbon Street draws in thousands of visitors each year alone.
Are you attending the game and helping contribute to that predicted $150 million economic boost? If not, are you like me and hosting a Super Bowl party? Let us know in the comments section below!