10 Super Bowl Fun Facts

Super Bowl LII

1. The New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles face each other in Super Bowl LII. The Patriots will make their league-leading 10th Super Bowl appearance.

2. Super Bowl VII held on January 14, 1973 had the lowest recorded Super Bowl score. The Miami Dolphins beat the Washington Redskins 14 to 7 (Source).

3. The NFL pays for up to 150 rings at $5,000 per ring (plus adjustments for increases in gold and diamonds). The NFL also pays for 150 pieces of jewelry for the losing team, which may not cost more than half the price set for the Super Bowl ring (Source).

4. A 30-second commercial cost about $40,000 during the first Super Bowl in 1967. Now, a 30-second spot reportedly costs between $5 million and $5.5 million (Source).

5. The average cost of tickets to the first Super Bowl in 1967 was $12. However, the then called AFL-NFL World Championship Game couldn’t manage to sell out the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It’s still the only Super Bowl not to fill up its venue (Source).

6. The name “Super Bowl’’ was conceived by Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt during a planning meeting in 1966 for the inaugural game. When owners were stuck trying to think of what to call the game, Hunt suddenly remembered that two of his children were obsessed with a popular toy of the era, the Super Ball. That’s when he blurted out, “Let’s call it the “Super Bowl!’’’ and it gained instant approval (Source).

7. The first time a woman performed the coin flip came in 1981, with the widow of Packers coach Vince Lombardi, Marie Lombardi, doing the honors at SBXV  (Source).

8. The Super Bowl is the second most watched sporting event in the world. The first is soccer’s Champions League Final (Source).

9. Every year, more than 700,000 footballs are made for official NFL use. 72 of them are set aside for use during the Super Bowl (Source).

10. Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest day of the year for food consumption in the US. Thanksgiving is first (Source).