Fun Facts to Celebrate Super Bowl LI in Houston!

It’s not often that a media storm like the Super Bowl comes rolling into your city, so Super Bowl LI (51) in Houston is very exciting for the Abstract Media team. 

Roughly 140,000 people are checking in to most of our city's 84,000 hotel rooms, and more than 1 million people are expected to be celebrating all around downtown. The City of Houston will have about 5,000 police officers on duty to keep everyone safe. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said about $1.5 billion has been spent on various downtown projects to get ready for the Super Bowl, including a new 1,000-room hotel and a refurbishment of the convention center.

All of this Super Bowl BUZZ made us curious about the history of this esteemed event, so we went on the search for the best Super Bowl facts and trivia to get you as excited as we are for this weekend!

Like, did you know that the first two Super Bowls were almost lost to re-taping of soap operas?
In 1967 and 1968, the big games weren't broadcasted live, and the only known footage was thought to have been erased. According to NFL Films' Steve Sabol, “they were erased in order to film soap operas”. Luckily, a single fan was found to have recorded the events, preserving the Super Bowls for posterity.


Super Bowl XLIX, played on February 1, 2015 and broadcast by NBC, was watched by more than 114.4 million viewers in the United States. The game had a TV rating of 47.5 in the U.S. At the time, the cost for a 30-second advertisement spot during the Super Bowl broadcast reached a record $4.5 million.

Another fun fact about that year, Katy Perry and the infamous Left Shark's halftime show at Super Bowl XLIX drew even more viewers than the game itself. Her performance was watched by 118.5 million people.

Television Viewing Audience in Millions by Year


This year, the average cost for a TV commercial is estimated at $5 million. Snickers is set to make a historical move with the first LIVE television commercial during the game … costing an estimated $50 million! 

Before that the most expensive TV commercial went to…
Chrysler’s “Imported from Detroit” (2011) –  $12.4 Million

This epic 2-minute ad for the Chrysler 200, features Eminem driving around his hometown of Detroit. It might well have been worth the staggering price tag, not only for Chrysler for but for the 700,000 people who call the city of Detroit home. 

In 1967, when the first Super Bowl was played, commercials only cost between $75,000 and $85,000 for a one minute commercial.


In Houston this year, the Lady Gaga Super Bowl Halftime Show is reported to set the record for most expensive halftime show ever. CNBC reported that the NFL is dropping $10 million on the budget for Lady Gaga's halftime show.


The cheapest ticket available right now is the "Get In The Door Ticket" at roughly $3,000 per Upper End Zone seat. Now if you want to go big, you chip in with your friends for a 400-level suite at the low, low cost of $358,000.

Average Ticket Pricing in Recent Years…

According to TicketCity, the "other" portion of the sales includes Miami, Kansas City
and "two large sales from Mexico." 


The statistic shows the estimated revenue generated by Super Bowl 50 in 2016 totaling about $620 million, with about $375 million generated through broadcasting and digital media alone.

The 2015 Super Bowl (played in Glendale AZ) produced a gross economic impact of $719.4 million for the entire state, according to a study from Seidman Research Institute and the School of Business at Arizona State University. This was a more than 30% increase from the last time Arizona hosted the event.

The Super Bowl also creates thousands of temporary jobs to handle the blitz of work that comes with each event. While there aren’t exact projections on how many temp jobs the Super Bowl and its ancillary events will create this year, past experience tells us that it will be well beyond 5,000 jobs

An economic impact study by the University of New Orleans commissioned in the wake of the 2013 Super Bowl found that the game created more than 5,600 temp jobs and generated some $154 million in wages for the New Orleans area.

Similarly, a study by Rockport Analytics in West Chester, Pa., found that the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis created more than 5,500 jobs, and generated some $203 million in wages.

Breakdown of Revenue Makers


  • Super Bowl Sunday is the 2nd largest day for food consumption in the U.S. Thanksgiving Day is the first.
  • On Super Bowl Sunday, Americans will drink an estimated 325.5 million gallons of beer and devour 1.25 billion chicken wings.
  • On Super Bowl Sunday there are approximately 8 million pounds of guacamole eaten.
  • Roman numerals are used in the Super Bowl (such as Super Bowl XV) because the football season falls in two calendar years.
  • Every year there are 72 footballs used for the Super Bowl. There are more than 700,000 footballs purchased for the NFL each year.
  • The Lombardi Trophy, given to the winning NFL Super Bowl team, weighs seven pounds, 21" high, and worth $25,000. Vince Lombardi was the coach of the Green Bay Packers who won the first Super Bowl in 1967.
  • The NFL might be an American sport, but Super Bowl Sunday is worldwide. The big game is broadcast around the globe in 34 different languages.
  • A flashy Super Bowl ring is not cheap. The jewelry costs approximately $5,000 each. A team usually gets around 150 for each Super Bowl victory.
  • The largest crowd in Super Bowl history dates back to 1979. Played in Pasadena, the Rose Bowl packed in over 103,985 fans to watch the Steelers versus the Rams in Super Bowl XIV.
  • Home and away teams in the Super Bowl are alternated each year. NFC teams are home for odd-numbered games, while the AFC gets the even-numbered tilts.
  • Many believe that Super Bowl Sunday should be its own holiday. Approximately 1.5 million people will call in sick to work the day after the big game.


Information References: 
The Associated Press  
CBS Sports



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