The countdown is on to Super Bowl 50! Can you believe the 50th Anniversary is in four days?
The week leading up to the Super Bowl is always enjoyable because there’s so much going on surrounding the event. We finally start seeing the highly-anticipated commercials, get a good kick out of the hilarious prop-bets and learn other news about the game. Take a look below at some fun facts and recent news about Super Bowl 50.
Lady Gaga Will Sing the National Anthem
The NFL announced Tuesday that Lady Gaga will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Levi’s Stadium for Super Bowl 50. In addition, Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin will perform the National Anthem in American Sign Language.
Prop Bets Are in Full Swing
People aren’t just betting on the Super Bowl 50 game itself. They’re betting on the broadcast, the length of the National Anthem, whether “Left Shark” will make an appearance in the halftime show, if the Panthers player who scores the first TD will give the football to a boy or a girl, if Peyton Manning will be seen crying at any point and if there will be an earthquake. Oh and what color will the liquid be that is poured on the winning coach?
Super Bowl Spending Will Reach over $15 Billion
According to the National Retail Federation, Super Bowl spending will top $15.5 billion. Football fans will spend an average of $82.19 on food, décor and team apparel. Nearly 8.7 million new TVs will be bought leading up to the game. So if you’ve already bought a new TV and spent money on all things Super Bowl, at least you’re not the only one.
Super Bowl Food and Drinks Go Big
According to the National Restaurant Association, 48 million Americans order takeout or have food delivered to their doorstep, and 12 million watch the game at a bar or restaurant.
Domino’s expects to sell 12 million slices of pizza – five times more than a typical Sunday – and 4 million chicken wings. According to the National Chicken Council, Americans will devour 1.3 billion chicken wings during the game.
Per The Nielsen Company, the three most popular snacks are potato chips ($140.2 million), unflavored nuts ($90.8 million) and crackers ($93 million). Also, 53 percent of the 2,000 Americans polled said they will consume beer during the game.
So in other words, Americans love beer and chicken wings.
Super Bowl Commercials Released
While some people watch the Super Bowl for the actual game, others just watch it for the commercials. No worries, we won’t judge either way. So far, we have seen a few 2016 Super Bowl ads released prior to the game.
Check out of a couple below! You can watch other ones here.
Super Bowl Teams Treat San Francisco Like Home
The Panthers might be 2,700 miles away from home and the Broncos are less than 1,300, but each team is making Levi’s Stadium and this Super Bowl experience feel like they are right at home.
The “Keep Pounding” drum will be on the sidelines, and “Sweet Caroline” will be played throughout the stadium if the Panthers beat the Broncos. The players have still been playing their favorite artists in the locker room like they do in Charlotte. The defensive backs carried their Thieves Ave. sign on their flight to San Francisco. The Broncos will have their mascot horse, Thunder, parade on the field as he does during home games after a touchdown.
The list goes on! The NFL encourages the teams to keep their traditions, and needless to say, they’re doing just that.
Grady the Groundhog Makes Super Bowl Prediction
As we know, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow Tuesday, which means EARLY SPRING. To confirm, Grady the Groundhog from North Carolina backed up this prediction, and for the 11th year in a row made a prediction of his own about the outcome of the Super Bowl. Grady wandered out of his cage to get a snack – he could choose from two ears of corn, one with the Panthers logo and one with the Broncos logo. He chose the Broncos! Sorry, Carolina fans.
Opening Night Brought All Kinds of Interesting Characters
While some media reporters take “Opening Night” seriously and ask legitimate questions, others like to put on their own kind of show. So here’s what we saw.
One reporter dressed as a superhero and wore gold spandex from head to toe. Miss Universe was there, with her tiara and sash, of course. One guy was dressed in a skiing outfit with skis in one hand and a video camera atop his crash helmet. The Broncos leprechaun (Rocky The Leprechaun is his proper name) gave his fair share of interviews. Two men with puppets traveled from Mexico City to ask Peyton Manning about his favorite food. It’s scrambled eggs, by the way.