History of the Super Bowl

Toby Nelson, Reporter

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The first Super Bowl was January 15, 1967. The two teams the played in the first Super Bowl was the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs, the Packers beat the Chiefs with a score of 35-10. Bart Starr was the M.V.P. of the first Super Bowl. The first Super Bowl was played at Memorial Coliseum. Sixty million people tuned in to watch the first Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is always played on the first Sunday in February. The Super Bowl is annually the most watched single day sporting event, and in 2016 the Super Bowl was broadcast to more than 170 countries and had an average of 112 million viewers. Super Bowl is considered an unofficial holiday in the United States. Super Bowl XLIX was the most viewed program in the history of the United States with 168 million viewers.


To make it to the Super Bowl a team must survive a sixteen game season with a worthy record. Usually 10 or more wins are required to make the playoffs, but 10 wins are no guarantee for a playoff berth. The Super Bowl is a game played between the N.F.C. Champion and the A.F.C. Champion to see what team will be crowned the Super Bowl Champions are name the “Super Bowl Champions” and are given The Vince Lombardi Trophy.


When they pick a stadium to host the Super Bowl the N.F.L. picks a stadium with a minimum of 70,000 seats, with the media and electrical amenities necessary to produce the Super Bowl. Stadiums may include temporary seating for Super Bowls, but seating must be approved by the league. Stadiums where the average game day temperature is below 50° Fahrenheit must either have a roof, or a waiver given by the league. The stadium must have a minimum of 35,000 parking spaces within one mile of the stadium. The host stadium must have space for the Gameday Experience, a large pregame entertainment area, within walking distance of the stadium. The host city must have space for the NFL Experience, the interactive football theme park which is operated the week prior to the Super Bowl. An indoor venue for the event must have a minimum of 850,000 square feet, and an outdoor venue must have a minimum of 1,000,000 square feet. Additionally, there must be space nearby for the Media Center, and space for all other events involved in the Super Bowl week, including golf courses and bowling alleys.There must be a minimum number of hotel spaces within one hour’s drive of the stadium equaling 35% of the stadium’s capacity, along with hotels for the teams, officials, media and other dignitaries. There must be practice space of equal and comparable quality for both teams within a 20-minute drive of the team hotels, and rehearsal space for all events within a reasonable distance to the stadium. The practice facilities must have one grass field and at least one field of the same surface as the host stadium.


The Super Bowl is also a time for a bunch of commercials. Here are some of the commercials for Super Bowl Sunday. The Mars candy brand is set to release its “most exclusive Super Bowl ad ever made,” which will be shown to just one person, a teenager called Marcos Menendez. Viewers will, however, be able to watch Marcos watching the ad on the Skittles Facebook page on Super Bowl Sunday. PepsiCo brands Doritos and Mountain Dew are back in the game after a year off, and in 2018 will feature in the same ad. The company released a short teaser on its YouTube channel on Wednesday, starring Morgan Freeman and “Game of Thrones” actor Peter Dinklage. It said the commercial is making “advertising history” in an online statement, because it’s the first time the corn chip snack and beverage will be advertised together. Skittles’ fellow Mars brand M&Ms is running a trailer for its ad featuring people watching… an ad. Critics Choice Awards judges review the commercial in the spot, with one very sincere critic calling it “outrageous, singular, cathartic and breathtaking,” as they sit in a movie theater. M&Ms hasn’t advertised during the Super Bowl since 2014. 30 second commercials cost 5 million dollars which is $166,667 per second.

Super Bowl: Feb 4  

N.F.C. Champion- Philadelphia Eagles


A.F.C. Champion- New England Patriots


History of the Super Bowl