The 2016 Super Bowl, which is celebrating 50 years this year, is one of the biggest sports events in the world.
The 2015 Super Bowl broke records with a TV audience composed of 114.4 million viewers. As we enjoy
this year's Super Bowl in Livonia at Ralph Thayer Automotive, we offer these fun facts about what is one of the most watched broadcasts of the year.
The Super Bowl is the National Football League's championship game. The game was originally played between the AFL (American Football League) and the NFL (National Football League). When these entities merged, they formed the AFC (American Football Conference) and the NFC (National Football Conference). The Super Bowl features a game between the champions of each of these football organizations.
Held on January 15, 1967, the first Super Bowl featured the Green Bay Packers, who defeated the Kansas City Chiefs -35-10. The event was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The high television ratings of the Super Bowl results in the event generating millions of dollars in advertising revenue for the NFL. That revenue continues to rise every year. For example, advertising amounted to $331.8 million in 2015 and $345.4 million in 2015. In this year's Super Bowl, 30-second commercials run an average of $5 million.
• This year's Super Bowl will take place in the San Francisco Bay area.
• The game was last held there in January 1985 when the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Miami Dolphins.
• Super Bowl officials are estimating that 1 million people will attend activities being held during Super Bowl Week.
• There are 7,000 Super Bowl tickets available to the public.
• The city is placing throughout the area 50 Super Bowl sculptures that each weigh 1,600 pounds.
• Super Bowl Sunday is second only to Thanksgiving as far as food consumption.
• It's estimated that 8 million pounds of guacamole, along with 14,500 tons of chips, are eaten on this day.
• There are 72 footballs used for each Super Bowl.
Over the years, several animal alternatives have become tradition – and even feature the same amped up commercials, only animal related.
• Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet
• Kitten Bowl on Halmark Channel
• Fish Bowl on Nat Geo Wild
From Ralph Thayer Automotive, we hope you enjoy the Super Bowl!