American Football - Super Bowl facts and figures

Facts and figures about Sunday's Super Bowl in New Orleans.

Reuters

Date: February 3, 2013

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET (23:30 GMT)

Teams: Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers

Site: Superdome in New Orleans. This is the 10th Super Bowl to be played in New Orleans and the seventh at the Superdome.

At stake: The winning team receives the National Football League's (NFL) Vince Lombardi Trophy, named in memory of the winning coach of the first two Super Bowls.

The trophy is made by high-end jeweler Tiffany & Co and stands almost 21 inches (53 centimetres) tall and weighs 107 ounces (3 kilograms). It is worth more than $25,000.

Players' share: Winning team gets $88,000 per player, losing team gets $44,000 per player.

HISTORY

From 1967-1970 the title game pitted the NFL champion against the American Football League champion.

Since 1971, the year after the NFL and AFL merged, the game has matched the National Football Conference champion against the American Football Conference champion.

The first Super Bowl was played on January 15, 1967 in the Los Angeles Coliseum with the Green Bay Packers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.

The Pittsburgh Steelers hold the record for the most Super Bowl titles, with six. The San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys are tied for second with five each.

FAVOURITE SPORT

Professional football (36 per cent) remains the favourite game among Americans who follow at least one sport, according to a poll. Baseball (13 per cent) is next, followed by college football.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

Spending in the United States on Super Bowl-related merchandise, apparel and snacks is expected to reach $12.3 billion, or an average of $68.54 per consumer.

Super Bowl XLVII is forecast to have a $434 million economic impact in the New Orleans region, according to a study commissioned by the New Orleans Super Bowl Host Committee.

TV/ADVERTISING

TV coverage: The championship game will be broadcast live in more than 180 countries and in more than 30 different languages.

The official broadcaster CBS is charging advertisers an estimated $3.7 million to $3.8 million for 30-second spots in this year's Super Bowl.

Last year's Super Bowl game in which the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots was the most-watched single television program ever in the U.S, averaging an estimated 111.3 million viewers.

FOOD/DRINK

Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for consumption of food and drink for Americans, behind Thanksgiving Day.

Dips and spreads are the top choice of food to eat during the Super Bowl, followed by chicken wings and pizza.

Americans will consume an estimated 50 million cases of beer on the day.

ENTERTAINMENT

Some of the world's best-known entertainers have performed at the Super Bowl, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2 and Paul McCartney.

This year's pre-game national anthem will be sung by Alicia Keys while Beyonce will headline the halftime show.

TICKETS

Tickets for the inaugural Super Bowl were sold for $6 but the price increases have outpaced inflation and the face value for tickets this year range between $850 and $1,250.

On the secondary market, ticket prices soar, usually changing hands for an average of between three and four times the original value.

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