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Super Bowl Survival Guide: New Orleans

Super Bowl Survival Guide: New Orleans

The most anticipated night in football is nearly upon us, and an estimated 100,000 to 125,000 visitors will descend upon the Crescent City in time for Super Bowl XLVII. This year marks the 10th time New Orleans has played host to the big game, but 2013’s game is a milestone: It’s the first time the city has hosted the Super Bowl since Hurricane Katrina. That means there are plenty of new and improved services and events planned for out-of-town guests and locals alike.

If you’re in town to catch the big game — either at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome or in one of the city’s rowdy sports bars — you’ll want to know these insider’s tips and tricks for surviving the Super Bowl in New Orleans. We're sharing where to go to get the best party supplies, the best dishes in the Superdome, and what not to bring into the game (hint: any food or beverage has got to go before you head to the stadium).

And if you’ve scored a ticket to watch the game inside the Superdome (and all your friends and family are green with envy), defend against looking like an idiot inside the arena with these practical tips from Jerry Romig, the stadium announcer for the New Orleans Saints for more than 40 seasons. Romig sounds off on how to stay safe and enjoy the big game.

We’ll give you all the tips you need to survive the Super Bowl — game on!

1. If you want to tailgate, parking spaces close to the Superdome are reserved well in advance of game day. Check with individual parking lot companies like Fulton Place Parking Center, Premium Parking (premiumparking.com), and Merit Parking to find out about spaces that may be still available.

2. If you have a ticket to the Super Bowl, don’t miss out on all the pregame action at Champions Square, a 121,000-square-foot outdoor festival venue open for Super Bowl XLVII. The plaza will host a "Game Day Fan Plaza" where ticketholders can party before kickoff with dozens of food vendors and beer tents.

3. In addition to the game itself, don’t miss the NFL experience for super fans in the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center. From Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, 2013, the Convention Center will play host to displays of memorabilia from Super Bowls past along with free autograph sessions and opportunities for future MVP’s to punt, run and pass the ball, along with much more. Tickets are $25 per adult, $20 per child 12 and under.

4. Want to score a table at one of New Orleans’s hottest dining establishments like August or ROOT? You most likely should have played it safe and booked early, but keep in mind that some reservations may suddenly become available. If there’s a restaurant you really want to try, call back in case any cancelations occur or try to have a drink at the bar — your hostess may be able to squeeze you in. You can check out our Drink, Eat/Dine, and Travel pages for New Orleans to get more ideas of where to eat and drink during the weekend.

5. Bars will undoubtedly be packed Super Bowl weekend — check out the best sports bars in New Orleans leading up to the game that are off the beaten path. (Let’s just say the parties at Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar are not to be missed.) If you are going heavy on the drinks for the game, don’t forget to hydrate. If watching the big game at a bar or restaurant is on your agenda, make sure you order and drink one glass of water for every alcoholic drink.

6. Out-of-town guests can stock up on groceries and bites with local flavor at Rouses Supermarket, conveniently located just a few blocks from the Superdome in the heart of the Central Business District. Just remember — you can’t bring in your own food and drink to the game.


Top Super Bowl Events In NOLA

Though Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3 will mark a record-tying 10th time New Orleans has hosted the big game—Miami also holds that distinction—the city feels like it’s gearing up to host its first. The combination of legendary food, a 24-hour party scene and good-natured locals makes The Big Easy’s festive football atmosphere hard to top. If you want to be there to watch the San Francisco 49ers battle the Baltimore Ravens in the game already being dubbed the "Harbaugh Bowl" (brothers Jim and John Harbaugh are head coaches of the opposing teams), you’ll have to be resourceful since most hotel rooms are spoken for. If you’re one of the lucky ones heading down to New Orleans (or just want to live vicariously), our Forbes Travel Guide editors have the scoop on all the spots where NFL fans can enjoy Super Bowl week like a pro.

New Orleans Superdome, photo by David Reber

Fan Experiences

Essentially a theme park for pigskin junkies, the NFL Experience (Jan. 30-Feb. 3) puts fans about as close to the action as they’ll get without actually putting on pads. There are book readings with NFL players and on-the-field clinics for young fans. Replica locker rooms and a traveling Hall of Fame exhibit will get adults fired up. Autograph sessions with former players and a close-up of the Vince Lombardi Trophy should captivate everyone in between. $20 to 25, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

While the sound of children tossing around a football might put some in a festive mood, others probably will prefer to hear some actual music. That’s where the inaugural Verizon Super Bowl Boulevard (Jan. 31-Feb. 3) street party will more than satisfy. It will feature four stages of local music acts daily, plus interactive events for fans, food vendors, live television broadcasts and a larger-than-life “XLVII” floating on a barge along down the scenic Mississippi River. Free, Woldenberg Park.

Morten Andersen with Taste of The NFL chef Tory McPhail

Where to Eat

One of the most unique experiences during Super Bowl week will be Taste of The NFL, a wine and food event where a respected chef from every NFL city pairs with a current or former player, including 11 Hall of Famers, to form 35-plus food stations for the public to enjoy. Proceeds from the Feb. 2 event benefit food banks in all 32 NFL cities. $600, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Organizers are also trumpeting New Orleans’ game as the first walkable Super Bowl, meaning fans can get to events, parties and restaurants without a car. Le Pavillon Hotel, just a five-minute walk from the Superdome, has a champagne Sunday brunch fit for an offensive lineman—think waffle, omelet and carving stations, and a buffet with everything from eggs benedict and quiche Lorraine to seafood gumbo and smoked salmon. Red Fish Grill, also within walking distance to the Superdome, expects to be even busier than it was during the 2002 Super Bowl when it served 15,000 oysters. And when it comes to crazy cocktails, you’ll find them everywhere on Bourbon Street, but we think Loews New Orleans Hotel’s Swizzle Stick Bar’s “Wait ’Til Next Year” is the early MVP. It’s a mix of amber rum, Angostura bitters and various citrus juices, and is bar chef Lu Brow’s drinkable ode to the Saints’ woes.

Where to Party

Allegro Bistro—which happens to be a hot spot for post-game parties during the Saints’ home games—is the place to be on Feb. 3. The restaurant is transforming into an all-out entertainment venue for the Chipper Jones VIP Super Bowl Tailgate Party. Current Saints player Chris Ivory and retired athletes like Will Clark and Darren Sharper are also scheduled to make appearances. There will also be live music from an in-house DJ, premium open bar and a NOLA-inspired menu with favorites like jambalaya, crawfish cakes and other local specialties. $1,000, 1100 Poydras St.

Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar, which sits in the shadow of the Superdome, is hosting a gridiron get-together for fans without tickets to the game. Big Bowl Bash is an outdoor tent celebration filled with food, a premium open bar, tailgate games—and of course watching the Super Bowl. Things are only slightly more contained inside the bar where revelers will find a roster of free-flowing food, drinks and access to the after party. $250 to $400, 1009 Poydras St.

Before the game, the celebrated House of Blues venue will turn into a football fantasyland when legends of the gridiron, Archie Manning and Mike Ditka, talk football with fans over beer, Creole-inspired apps and live music. In addition to the chalk talk, there will be a silent auction of sports and entertainment memorabilia and coverage of the pregame action on big-screen TVs. $499, 225 Decatur St.

It just wouldn’t be right if Emeril Lagasse didn’t host some sort of football bash in New Orleans. Emeril’s Delmonico is where you want to be for his Super Bowl viewing party. The event starts at 5 p.m. and includes a buffet of Emeril’s game-day favorites, full bar with beer and wine specials, and five 50-inch HDTVs to see which team takes home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. $75, 1300 St. Charles Ave.

The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, photo courtesy The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

Where to Relax

Though The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans is completely booked, there is still reason to stop by the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel. The property’s Four-Star spa is rolling out the red carpet for football fans needing to sack some stress. Try the Fourth Quarter Four Hand Massage or the MVP Manicure/Pedicure after doing your share of walking up and down Bourbon Street. And when all the partying winds down on the Monday after the Super Bowl, there’s the Restorative Day package, which includes six and a half blissful hours of pampering, to get you restored for the trip home. $295 for massage $75 for manicure $90 for pedicure, 921 Canal St.


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Muffuletta Olive Salad Recipe

This is my version of the Olive Salad for the NOLA Cuisine classic sandwich, The Muffuletta! My friend Tom and I always make at least one stop at the Central Grocery on Decatur during a visit to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. You can grab a Muffuletta Sandwich at CG, a beer in a Go-Cup from the liquor store down the street, then sit up on the Riverwalk to watch the barges roll by on the Mississippi or just flop out in the street like a common Hobo, depending on how hungry you are.
Back to the recipe, I would make this at a few days ahead, it improves with age. Use good quality olives, Hey, good quality everything, right! I’m fortunate enough to have a great Italian market, about a mile from my house called Ventimiglia’s. I also make my own Roasted Red Peppers, I find the jarred variety mushy, plus they’re super easy to make recipe follows. This Olive Salad Recipe makes enough for one Muffuletta and a few Bruschetta (recipe follows):

Muffuletta Olive Salad Recipe

1 1/2 Cups Green Olives, Pitted
1/2 Cup Calamatta Olives (or Black) Pitted
1 Cup Gardiniera (Pickled Cauliflower, Carrots, Celery, Pepperoncini)
1 Tbsp. Capers
3 each Fresh Garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/8 Cup Celery, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp. Italian Parsley, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. Fresh Oregano (When I have it in my garden) or 2 tsp. dried
1 tsp. Crushed red pepper flakes
3 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 Cup Roasted red peppers (Recipe follows)
1 Tbsp. Green Onions, thinly sliced
Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground pepper To Taste (salt may not be necessary)

Crush each olive on a cutting board with your hand. Combine all ingredients. Cover with:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil about 1 – 1 1/2 Cups

Put into a bowl or jar, cover and let the flavors marry for about one week.

Roasted Red Peppers

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

Place 2 Red bell Peppers (remove the blasted sticker!) on a baking sheet, place in the oven. In 15-20 minutes flip it over. Leave it in the oven for another 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven, place in a container and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand for about 10-15 minutes, this makes the skin come off more easily. Uncover and remove all of the skin, stem and seeds, careful they’re hot! Refrigerate. Great in a number of dishes, Paella, Jambalaya, Sauteed Chorizo or Andouille, Olive salad, you name it.

Olive Salad Bruschetta

Slice a Baguette into 3/4 inch thick slices on the bias, Pop them under the Broiler until they’re golden brown. Break a Garlic clove in half and rub it onto the slices. Top with generous heaps of Olive Salad with plenty of oil & liquid. Serve immediately.

Here is a pic of my Muffuletta:

Be sure and check out my ever growing Index of Creole and Cajun Recipes which links to all of the recipes featured here!


Gina Miller’s Super Bowl Guide To New Orleans

If you’re heading to New Orleans for Super Bowl XVLII, congratulations. It is a magical place. From the architecture, to the history, the food, the people and more, there is something to love at every turn. I adore the Crescent City for big events: Mardi Gras, All-Star Games, Final Fours, BCS Games, etc. The city knows how to handle the masses, the police officers are experts at crowd control and the proximity of all the facilities that house the events makes it perfect to get around town, even in bad traffic.

New Orleans is one of my favorite weekend getaways. We take that 10:30 a.m. flight on Southwest Airlines from Dallas and are enjoying lunch by 12:30 p.m. or 1:00 pm. It’s an easy place to visit from Texas, it’s super affordable even if you stay at the city’s most luxe hotels and is wonderfully walkable.

I visited about five months after Hurricane Katrina in 2006 and have been making at least three to four visits a year ever since. Here are some suggestions if you’re making your first trip or your 50th.

Hotels — while you’re a little late if you haven’t booked a room this week, here are some of my favorite hotels options:

    : Great location on the edge of the Quarter on Canal gracious staff and one of the most affordable in the Ritz chain. My go-to. : Nice for a Marriott with a Starbucks in the lobby. Stayed here during NBA All-Star Game. : Great boutique hotel located in Central Business District. Very chic. Stayed here during Mardi Gras. : In the Quarter and near the casino. Both are very “W-esque.” Quarter location has more charm. Stayed at both for fun and after Mavs traded for Jason Kidd. : A gorgeous, Marriott-owned new boutique offering next to the Ritz. My friend stays there. Great rates right now. : Near the casino. Many NBA teams stay here.

Christmas buffet at the Ritz

Dining — if you have a bad meal in this city, it’s your own fault:

    : Claims to be the oldest restaurant in America. Gorgeous building in the Quarter and full of history. Go, if only to check out the building and see if you can get a tour of the wine cellar. : Fun Exchange Place location in the Quarter that serves delicious local cuisine. : Popular, local seafood spot in the Quarter, consistently voted one of the best. : A foodie fave that is worth the wait, price and more. In the Quarter. : In the Quarter near Jackson Square, one of Emeril’s more casual spots. : Popular, but good. : Located in Uptown. Great seafood. : In Uptown on Magazine, good local cuisine. : In the Central Business district, serves French-inspired cuisine. : In the Roosevelt hotel, great pizza & roasted cauliflower.

A classic Pimm’s Cup at the Napoleon House, courtesy gonola.com.

Drinking — I’m not much of a bar person any more but do have a few faves:

    : For a Pimm’s Cup or Dixie to go. The bartender, Mario, is quite salty, but nice once he knows you. : Martini spot in the Quarter full of character. Like a British smoking club. : In the hotel Monteleone, name speaks for itself. : Sports bar with an awesome, dog-friendly patio on Magazine. Get a spicy bloody Mary to go and continue strolling the shops on Magazine. : In the Quarter. Is it haunted? : On Bourbon street, see if you can find my business card on the wall. : Good cocktails in the Roosevelt Hotel. : A good scene, if anything.

  • Shopping on Magazine: Head Uptown and check out all the fun shops along Magazine. Here just a few of my favorites — Hazelnut (great home stuff), Storyville (fun t-shirts), Probst decorating (LOVE her fabrics). : Just off the Quarter, unique Farmer’s Market-y vibe. : Take the trolley to the park and do the loop a couple of times. It’s just over two miles. You can also check out some of the beautiful homes that surround it.
  • Antique shopping on Royal: Just window shopping is so much fun.
  • Cemetery Tours: These are popular — I’ve never done it.
  • Pirate’s Alley: The inspiration for 1,000’s of street artists.

This barely scratches the surface. Writer Rudy Maxa created an enlightening New Orleans walking tour a few years ago on iTunes. It takes you past Jackson Square, Truman Capote’s old home and more.


Gallery

Shop for Super Bowl programs or check completed sales prices using the eBay links.

Super Bowl I Program - 1967 (SB1)

Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Super Bowl II Program - 1968 (SB2)

Green Bay Packers vs. Oakland Raiders

Super Bowl III Program - 1969 (SB3)

New York Jets vs. Baltimore Colts

Super Bowl IV Program - 1970 (SB4)

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Minnesota Vikings

Super Bowl V Program - 1971 (SB5)

Baltimore Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys

Super Bowl VI Program - 1972 (SB6)

Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins

Super Bowl VII Program - 1973 (SB7)

Miami Dolphins vs. Washington Redskins

Super Bowl VIII Program - 1974 (SB8)

Miami Dolphins vs. Minnesota Vikings

Super Bowl IX Program - 1975 (SB9)

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Minnesota Vikings

Super Bowl X Program - 1976 (SB10)

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys

Super Bowl XI Program - 1977 (SB11)

Oakland Raiders vs. Minnesota Vikings

Super Bowl XII Program - 1978 (SB12)

Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XIII Program - 1979 (SB13)

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys

Super Bowl XIV Program - 1980 (SB14)

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Rams

Super Bowl XV Program - 1981 (SB15)

Oakland Raiders vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Super Bowl XVI Program - 1982 (SB16)

San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Super Bowl XVII Program - 1983 (SB17)

Washington Redskins vs. Miami Dolphins

Super Bowl XVIII Program - 1984 (SB18)

Los Angeles Raiders vs. Washington Redskins

Super Bowl XIX Program - 1985 (SB19)

San Francisco 49ers vs. Miami Dolphins

Super Bowl XX Program - 1986 (SB20)

Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots

Super Bowl XXI Program - 1987 (SB21)

New York Giants vs. Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XXII Program - 1988 (SB22)

Washington Redskins vs. Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XXIII Program - 1989 (SB23)

San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Super Bowl XXIV Program - 1990 (SB24)

San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XXV Program - 1991 (SB25)

New York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills

Super Bowl XXVI Program - 1992 (SB26)

Washington Redskins vs. Buffalo Bills

Super Bowl XXVII Program - 1993 (SB27)

Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills

Super Bowl XXVIII Program - 1994 (SB28)

Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills

Super Bowl XXIX Program - 1995 (SB29)

San Fran 49ers vs. San Diego Chargers

Super Bowl XXX Program - 1996 (SB30)

Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Super Bowl XXXI Program - 1997 (SB31)

Green Bay Packers vs. New England Patriots

Super Bowl XXXII Program - 1998 (SB32)

Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers

Super Bowl XXXIII Program - 1999 (SB33)

Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons

Super Bowl XXXIV Program - 2000 (SB34)

St. Louis Rams vs. Tennessee Titans

Super Bowl XXXV Program - 2001 (SB35)

Baltimore Ravens vs. New York Giants

Super Bowl XXXVI Program - 2002 (SB36)

New England Patriots vs. St. Louis Rams

Super Bowl XXXVII Program - 2003 (SB37)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Oakland Raiders

Super Bowl XXXVIII Program - 2004 (SB38)

New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers

Super Bowl XXXIX Program - 2005 (SB39)

New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Super Bowl XL Program - 2006 (SB40)

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Super Bowl XLI Program - 2007 (SB41)

Indianapolis Colts vs. Chicago Bears

Super Bowl XLII Program - 2008 (SB42)

New York Giants vs. New England Patriots

Super Bowl XLIII Program - 2009 (SB43)

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Super Bowl XLIV Program - 2010 (SB44)

New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts

Super Bowl XLV Program - 2011 (SB45)

Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Super Bowl XLVI Program - 2012 (SB46)

New York Giants vs. New England Patriots

Super Bowl XLVII Program - 2013 (SB47)

Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

Super Bowl XLVIII Program - 2014 (SB48)

Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos

Super Bowl XLIX Program - 2015 (SB49)

New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks

Super Bowl 50 Program - 2016 (SB50)

Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers

Super Bowl LI Program - 2017 (SB51)

New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons

Super Bowl LII Program - 2018 (SB52)

New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Super Bowl LIII Program - 2019 (SB53)

New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Rams

Super Bowl LIV Program - 2020 (SB54)

Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers

Super Bowl LV Program - 2021 (SB55)

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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User Comments

Both SB III and SB IV are rare, but SB IV programs are somewhat more plentiful because the NFL printed a “collector’s edition” which featured all four league championship game semifinalists. Despite the name, this is not the more desirable program. You want the “stadium edition” which featured just the two finalists, Vikings and Chiefs.

If you find one on ebay, make sure the seller clearly identifies which one he is selling.

DAVID BOSS SAID IN 1988 THAT 50,000 TO 60,000 PROGRAMS WERE PRINTED ON AVERAGE FOR THE FIRST 10 PROGRAMS. HOWEVER, ONLY 40,000 PROGRAMS WERE PRINTED FOR SUPER BOWL 5. SUPER BOWL 5 PROGRAM IS THE RAREST EDITION. BOSS ALSO DISCUSSED IN 1976 THE FACT IN SUPER BOWL 10 PROGRAM THAT SUPER BOWL 2 TRUCK SLID OFF THE ROAD. DAVID BOSS OF NFL PROPERTIES PUBLISHED THE FIRST 25 SUPER BOWL PROGRAMS.

I ALSO ONCE OWNED A COLLECTOR’S EDITION OF THE SUPER BOWL 3 PROGRAM. PROBABLY RARER THAN THE SUPER BOWL 4 COLLECTOR’S EDITION. FOR THOSE OF YOU LOOKING FOR VALUES FOR YOUR SUPER BOWL PROGRAMS AND TICKETS, JUST CHECK THE ARTICLES NOW ON THE INTERNET.

I have a question pertaining to the Super Bowl XXXIV program (Rams-Titans). It actually coincided with the debut of the NFL Insider magazine. Every edition I’ve ever seen features the 4 Conference Championship teams as opposed to just the Rams and Titans. Was there ever a program printed that just featured the Rams and Titans?

No. They only had a week between the conference championships and the Super Bowl XXXIV. This was the first year they started the season after Labor Day. I’ve only ever seen the upc-less version, a version with a upc, and a ton with mailing labels printed on.

Where can I find more information on the III and IV “collector’s edition” programs? Were they put out before the Super Bowl or after? I’m just not sure why they’d include the 4 semi-finalists in there if it came out after. Any other differences? I can’t find out much about them.

I also don’t think there are 5 versions out there for those later programs from 2000 on. A lot of times photos were used online to sell the program and there isn’t really a version that looks like it. There is just the UPC version (no team logos), the UPC-less version (with team logos) and the hologram version (with team logos). Now they don’t even make the non-hologram version. I’ve confirmed that with the publisher.

RE: SB 28, DAL v BUF @ ATL: This was another game w/only one week between the conference championships and the Super Bowl game.

AFAIK, all SB 28 programs include the four conference semi-finalists.

I’ve never seen a SB 28 program for sale that included only the two finalists.


Contents

For four decades after its 1920 inception, the NFL successfully fended off several rival leagues. In 1960, the NFL encountered its most serious competitor when the American Football League (AFL) was formed. The AFL vied with the NFL for players and fans. The original "bowl game" was the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California, which was first played in 1902 as the "Tournament East–West football game" as part of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and moved to the new Rose Bowl Stadium in 1923. The stadium got its name from the fact that the game played there was part of the Tournament of Roses and that it was shaped like a bowl, much like the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut. The Tournament of Roses football game eventually came to be known as the Rose Bowl Game. Exploiting the Rose Bowl Game's popularity, post-season college football contests were created for Miami (the Orange Bowl), New Orleans (the Sugar Bowl), and El Paso (the Sun Bowl) in 1935, and for Dallas (the Cotton Bowl) in 1937. By the time the first Super Bowl was played, the term "bowl" for any major American football game was well established.

After the American Football League's inaugural season, AFL commissioner Joe Foss sent an invitation to the NFL on January 14, 1961, to schedule a "World Playoff" game between the two leagues' champions, beginning with the upcoming 1961 season. [7] The first World Playoff game would have, if actually played, matched up the Houston Oilers vs. the Green Bay Packers. It took a half-dozen more seasons for this idea to become a reality.

In the mid-1960s, Lamar Hunt, owner of the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs, first used the term "Super Bowl" [8] to refer to the AFL–NFL championship game in the merger meetings. Hunt later said the name was likely in his head because his children had been playing with a Super Ball toy [9] a vintage example of the ball is on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. In a July 25, 1966, letter to NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, Hunt wrote, "I have kiddingly called it the 'Super Bowl,' which obviously can be improved upon."

The leagues' owners chose the name "AFL–NFL Championship Game", [10] but in July 1966 the Kansas City Star quoted Hunt in discussing "the Super Bowl—that's my term for the championship game between the two leagues", [11] and the media immediately began using the term. [12] Although the league stated in 1967 that "not many people like it", asking for suggestions and considering alternatives such as "Merger Bowl" and "The Game", the Associated Press reported that "Super Bowl" "grew and grew and grew—until it reached the point that there was Super Week, Super Sunday, Super Teams, Super Players, ad infinitum". [10] "Super Bowl" became official beginning with the third annual game. [13]

Roman numerals are used to identify each Super Bowl, rather than the year in which it is held, since the fifth edition, in January 1971. [14] The sole exception to this naming convention tradition occurred with Super Bowl 50, which was played on February 7, 2016, following the 2015 regular season, and the following year, the nomenclature returned to Roman numerals for Super Bowl LI, following the 2016 regular season.

After the NFL's Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls, some team owners feared for the future of the merger. At the time, many doubted the competitiveness of AFL teams compared with their NFL counterparts, though that perception changed when the AFL's New York Jets defeated the NFL's Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in Miami. One year later, the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs defeated the NFL's Minnesota Vikings 23–7 in Super Bowl IV in New Orleans, which was the final AFL–NFL World Championship Game played before the merger. Beginning with the 1970 season, the NFL realigned into two conferences the former AFL teams plus three NFL teams (the Baltimore Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Cleveland Browns) would constitute the American Football Conference (AFC), while the remaining NFL clubs would form the National Football Conference (NFC). The champions of the two conferences would play each other in the Super Bowl.

The winning team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after the coach of the Green Bay Packers, who won the first two Super Bowl games and three of the five preceding NFL championships in 1961, 1962, and 1965. Following Lombardi's death in September 1970, the trophy was named after him. The first trophy awarded under the new name was presented to the Baltimore Colts following their win in Super Bowl V in Miami.

Since 2004, the Super Bowl has been played on the first Sunday in February. This is due to the current NFL schedule which consists of the opening weekend of the season being held immediately after Labor Day (the first Monday in September), the 17-week regular season (where teams each play 16 games and have one bye), the first three rounds of the playoffs, and the Super Bowl two weeks after the two Conference Championship Games. The Conference Championship Games are the third round of the playoffs. The week after the third round of the playoffs is when the Pro Bowl is played. The week after that, the Super Bowl is played. This schedule has been in effect since Super Bowl XXXVIII in February 2004. The date of the Super Bowl can thus be determined from the date of the preceding Labor Day. For example, Labor Day in 2015 occurred on September 7 therefore the next Super Bowl was scheduled exactly five months later on February 7, 2016.

Originally, the game took place in early to mid-January. For Super Bowl I there was only one round of playoffs: the pre-merger NFL and AFL Championship Games. The addition of two playoff rounds (first in 1967 and then in 1978), an increase in regular-season games from 14 to 16 (1978), and the establishment of one bye-week per team (1990) have caused the Super Bowl to be played later. Partially offsetting these season-lengthening effects, simultaneous with the addition of two regular-season games in 1978, the season was started earlier. Prior to 1978, the season started as late as September 21. Now, since Labor Day is always the first Monday of September, September 13 is the latest possible date for the first full Sunday set of games (since 2002, the regular season has started with the Kickoff Game on the first Thursday after Labor Day). The earliest possible season start date is September 7.

Super Bowl records
Team Wins Losses Winning %
New England Patriots 6 5 55
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 2 75
Dallas Cowboys 5 3 63
San Francisco 49ers 5 2 71
Green Bay Packers 4 1 80
New York Giants 4 1 80
Denver Broncos 3 5 38
Washington Football Team 3 2 60
Los Angeles/Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders 3 2 60
Miami Dolphins 2 3 40
Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts 2 2 50
Kansas City Chiefs 2 2 50
Baltimore Ravens 2 0 100
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 0 100
St Louis/Los Angeles Rams 1 3 25
Seattle Seahawks 1 2 33
Philadelphia Eagles 1 2 33
Chicago Bears 1 1 50
New York Jets 1 0 100
New Orleans Saints 1 0 100
Minnesota Vikings 0 4 0
Buffalo Bills 0 4 0
Atlanta Falcons 0 2 0
Carolina Panthers 0 2 0
Cincinnati Bengals 0 2 0
San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers 0 1 0
Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans 0 1 0
St Louis/Phoenix / Arizona Cardinals 0 1 0
Cleveland Browns 0 0
Detroit Lions 0 0
Jacksonville Jaguars 0 0
Houston Texans 0 0

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots are tied with six Super Bowl wins the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers have five victories each, while the Packers and New York Giants have four Super Bowl championships. Fourteen other NFL franchises have won at least one Super Bowl.

The Patriots own the record for most Super Bowl appearances overall (eleven) and tied for the most won (six). The Cowboys, Steelers, and Denver Broncos are tied for second with eight appearances apiece, achieving reaching that milestone in this respective order. Belichick owns the record for most Super Bowl wins (eight) and participation in any capacity (twelve, nine times as head coach, once as assistant head coach, and twice as defensive coordinator). Dan Reeves previously held the Super Bowl participation record in any capacity (nine, twice as a player, three times as assistant coach, and four times as head coach). Brady has the most Super Bowl starts (ten) and wins as a player (seven), while Charles Haley has the second-most wins among players (five).

Eight teams have appeared in Super Bowl games without a win. The Minnesota Vikings won the last NFL Championship before the merger but lost to the AFL champion Chiefs in Super Bowl IV and became the first team to have appeared a record four times without a win. The Buffalo Bills played in a record four Super Bowls in a row but lost every one. The Patriots and Broncos are tied for the most Super Bowl losses (five).

Four teams (the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Houston Texans) have never appeared in a Super Bowl. The Browns and Lions both won NFL Championships prior to the creation of the Super Bowl, while the Jaguars (1995) and Texans (2002) are both recent NFL expansion teams.

1960s: Early history and Packers dominance Edit

The Packers won the first two AFL–NFL World Championship Games, later renamed Super Bowls, defeating the Chiefs and Oakland Raiders following the 1966 and 1967 seasons, respectively. The Packers were led by quarterback Bart Starr, who was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for both games. These two championships, coupled with the Packers' NFL championships in 1961, 1962, and 1965, amount to the most successful stretch in NFL History five championships in seven years, and the only threepeat in NFL history (1965, 1966, and 1967).

In Super Bowl III, the AFL's New York Jets defeated the eighteen-point favorite Baltimore Colts of the NFL, 16–7. The Jets were led by quarterback Joe Namath, who had famously guaranteed a Jets win prior to the game, and former Colts head coach Weeb Ewbank, and their victory proved that the AFL was the NFL's competitive equal. This was reinforced the following year when the Chiefs defeated the NFL's Vikings 23–7 in Super Bowl IV.

1970s: Dominant franchises Edit

After the AFL–NFL merger was completed in 1970, three franchises—the Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and Steelers—would go on to dominate the 1970s, winning a combined eight Super Bowls in the decade.

The Baltimore Colts, now a member of the AFC, would start the decade by defeating the Cowboys in Super Bowl V, a game which is notable as being the only Super Bowl to date in which a player from the losing team won the Super Bowl MVP (Cowboys' linebacker Chuck Howley). Beginning with this Super Bowl, all Super Bowls have served as the NFL's championship game.

The Cowboys, coming back from a loss the previous season, won Super Bowl VI over the Dolphins. However, this would be the Dolphins' final loss for over a year, as the next year, the Dolphins would go 14–0 in the regular season and eventually win all their playoff games, capped off with a 14–7 victory in Super Bowl VII, becoming the first and only team to finish an entire perfect regular and postseason. The Dolphins would repeat as league champions by winning Super Bowl VIII a year later.

In the late 1970s, the Steelers became the first NFL dynasty of the post-merger era by winning four Super Bowls (IX, X, XIII, and XIV) in six years. They were led by head coach Chuck Noll, the play of offensive stars Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, and Mike Webster, and their dominant "Steel Curtain" defense, led by "Mean" Joe Greene, L. C. Greenwood, Ernie Holmes, Mel Blount, Jack Ham, and Jack Lambert. The coaches and administrators also were part of the dynasty's greatness as evidenced by the team's "final pieces" being part of the famous 1974 draft. The selections in that class have been considered the best by any pro franchise ever, as Pittsburgh selected four future Hall of Famers, the most for any team in any sport in a single draft. The Steelers were the first team to win three and then four Super Bowls and appeared in six AFC Championship Games during the decade, making the playoffs in eight straight seasons. Nine players and three coaches and administrators on the team have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Pittsburgh still remains the only team to win back-to-back Super Bowls twice and four Super Bowls in a six-year period.

The Steelers' dynasty was interrupted only by the Raiders' Super Bowl XI win and the Cowboys winning their second Super Bowl of the decade.

Conversely, the Vikings, with quarterback Fran Tarkenton and their Purple People Eaters defense, were the only other team to appear in multiple Super Bowls (IV, VIII, IX and XI) this decade but failed to win each one.

1981–1996: The NFC's winning streak Edit

In the 1980s and 1990s, the tables turned for the AFC, as the NFC dominated the Super Bowls of the new decade and most of those in the 1990s. The NFC won 16 of the 20 Super Bowls during these two decades, including 13 straight from Super Bowl XIX to Super Bowl XXXI.

The most successful team of the 1980s was the 49ers, which featured the West Coast offense of Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh. This offense was led by three-time Super Bowl MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, Super Bowl MVP and Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, running back Roger Craig, and Hall of Fame defensive safety/cornerback Ronnie Lott. Under their leadership, the 49ers won four Super Bowls in the decade (XVI, XIX, XXIII, and XXIV) and made nine playoff appearances between 1981 and 1990, including eight division championships, becoming the second dynasty of the post-merger NFL. The 1984 San Francisco 49ers were the very first team to achieve an 18-1 record under head coach Bill Walsh. The 1989 San Francisco 49ers under first-year head coach George Seifert posted the most lop-sided victory in Super Bowl history, defeating the Denver Broncos by a score of 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV.

The 1980s also produced the 1985 Chicago Bears, who posted an 18–1 record under head coach Mike Ditka quarterback Jim McMahon and Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton. Their team won Super Bowl XX in dominant fashion. The Washington Redskins and New York Giants were also top teams of this period Washington won Super Bowls XVII, XXII, and XXVI. The Giants claimed Super Bowls XXI and XXV. Both teams won multiple Super Bowls with different starting quarterbacks Washington won with Joe Theismann (XVII), Doug Williams (XXII) and Mark Rypien (XXVI), and the Giants with Phil Simms (XXI) and Jeff Hostetler (XXV). As in the 1970s, the Raiders were the only team to interrupt the Super Bowl dominance of other teams they won Super Bowls XV and XVIII (the latter as the Los Angeles Raiders).

Conversely, the Cincinnati Bengals (XVI and XXIII), Miami Dolphins (XVII and XIX) and Denver Broncos (XXI, XXII and XXIV) made multiple Super Bowls in the 1980s without winning one.

Following several seasons with poor records in the 1980s, the Cowboys rose back to prominence in the 1990s. During this decade, the Cowboys made post-season appearances every year except for the seasons of 1990 and 1997. From 1992 to 1996, the Cowboys won their division championship each year. In this same period, the Buffalo Bills had made their mark reaching the Super Bowl for a record four consecutive years, only to lose all four. After Super Bowl championships by division rivals New York (1990) and Washington (1991), the Cowboys won three of the next four Super Bowls (XXVII, XXVIII, and XXX) led by quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith, and wide receiver Michael Irvin. All three of these players went to the Hall of Fame. The Cowboys' streak was interrupted by the 49ers, who were the first team to win their league-leading fifth title overall with Super Bowl XXIX with a dominant performance featuring the Super Bowl MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young (who threw a Super Bowl record 6 touchdown passes), Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice, and Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders however, the Cowboys' victory in Super Bowl XXX the next year also gave them five titles overall and they did so with Sanders after he won the Super Bowl the previous year with the 49ers. The NFC's winning streak was continued by the Packers led by Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, won Super Bowl XXXI, their first championship since Super Bowl II in 1968.

The New England Patriots made their maiden Super Bowl appearances in XX (1985) and XXXI (1996) but lost both times. However, the turn of the century would soon bring hope and glory to the franchise.

1997–2009: AFC resurgence and the rise of the Patriots Edit

Super Bowl XXXII saw quarterback John Elway and running back Terrell Davis lead the Denver Broncos to an upset victory over the defending champion Packers, snapping the NFC's thirteen-year winning streak. The following year, the Broncos defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII, Elway's fifth Super Bowl appearance, his second NFL championship, and his final NFL game. The back-to-back victories heralded a change in momentum in which AFC teams would win nine out of 12 Super Bowls. In the years between 1995 and 2018, five teams—the Steelers, Patriots, Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, and Indianapolis Colts—accounted for 22 of the 24 AFC Super Bowl appearances (including the last 16), with those same teams often meeting each other earlier in the playoffs. In contrast, the NFC saw a different representative in the Super Bowl every season from 2001 through 2010.

The New England Patriots became the dominant team throughout the early 2000s, winning the championship three out of four years early in the decade. They would become only the second team in the history of the NFL to do so (after the 1990s Dallas Cowboys). In Super Bowl XXXVI, first-year starting quarterback Tom Brady led his team to a 20–17 upset victory over the St. Louis Rams, who two seasons earlier won Super Bowl XXXIV. Brady would go on to win the MVP award for this game. The Patriots also won Super Bowls XXXVIII [15] and XXXIX defeating the Carolina Panthers and the Philadelphia Eagles respectively. This four-year stretch of Patriot dominance was interrupted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 48–21 Super Bowl XXXVII victory over the Oakland Raiders.

The Steelers and Colts continued the era of AFC dominance by winning Super Bowls XL and XLI in 2005–06 and 2006–07, respectively defeating the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears.

In the 2007 season, the Patriots became the fourth team in NFL history to have a perfect unbeaten and untied regular-season record, the second in the Super Bowl era after the 1972 Miami Dolphins, and the first to finish 16–0. They easily marched through the AFC playoffs and were heavy favorites in Super Bowl XLII. However, they lost that game to Eli Manning and the New York Giants 17–14, leaving the Patriots' 2007 record at 18–1.

The following season, the Steelers logged their record sixth Super Bowl title (XLIII) in a 27–23, final-minute victory against the Arizona Cardinals.

The 2009 season saw the New Orleans Saints defeat the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV by a score of 31–17 to take home their first Championship. With this victory, the Saints joined the Buccaneers and New York Jets as the only teams to have won in their sole Super Bowl appearance, a distinction the Ravens also enjoyed in winning Super Bowl XXXV after the 2000 season.

2010s: The Patriots' second run parity in the NFC Edit

In the AFC, this era was dominated by the Patriots, with the only three other teams to represent the conference being the Steelers, Broncos and Ravens. The Super Bowls of the late 2000s and 2010s are notable for the performances (and the pedigrees) of several of the participating quarterbacks, especially on the AFC side in repeated appearances by the same teams and players. In particular, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, or Peyton Manning appeared as the AFC team's quarterback in all but two of the Super Bowls from 2002 through 2019. Conversely, the only NFC teams to make the Super Bowl twice in this era were the Seahawks, led by quarterback Russell Wilson, and the Giants, led by quarterback Eli Manning.

One of these teams was featured in the culmination of the 2010 season, Super Bowl XLV, which brought the Packers their fourth Super Bowl victory and record thirteenth NFL championship overall with the defeat of the Steelers in February 2011. This became Aaron Rodgers' only Super Bowl victory so far. The following year, in Super Bowl XLVI, the Patriots made their first appearance of the decade, a position where they would become a mainstay. The Patriots, however, lost to the Eli Manning-led Giants, 21–17, who had beaten the Patriots four years before. This was the Giants' 4th Super Bowl victory.

In Super Bowl XLVII, the NFC's 49ers were defeated by the Ravens 34–31. The game had been dubbed as the 'Harbaugh Bowl' in the weeks leading up to the game, due to the fact that the coaches of the two teams, John Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh, are brothers. During the 3rd quarter, the Ravens had a commanding 28–6 lead. However, there was a blackout in New Orleans, where the game was being played. The game was delayed for 34 minutes, and after play resumed, San Francisco stormed back with 17 straight points, but still lost. Super Bowl XLVIII, played at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium in February 2014, was the first Super Bowl held outdoors in a cold-weather environment. The Seahawks won their first NFL title with a 43–8 defeat of the Broncos, in a highly touted matchup that pitted Seattle's top-ranked defense against a Peyton Manning-led Denver offense that had broken the NFL's single-season scoring record.

In Super Bowl XLIX, the Patriots beat the defending Super Bowl champions, the Seahawks, by a score of 28–24. Down by 10, the Patriots hosted a late 4th quarter comeback to win the game with Tom Brady scoring two touchdowns in the 4th quarter. In a key play in the final seconds of the game, then-rookie free agent Malcolm Butler would intercept a pass by Russell Wilson at the one-yard line, allowing the Patriots to run out the clock and end the game. Tom Brady was awarded his 3rd Super Bowl MVP, tying Joe Montana for the most Super Bowl MVP awards.

In Super Bowl 50, the first Super Bowl to be branded with Arabic numerals, the Broncos, led by the league's top-ranked defense, defeated the Carolina Panthers, who had the league's top-ranked offense, in what became the final game of quarterback Peyton Manning's career. Von Miller dominated, totaling 2.5 sacks and forcing two Cam Newton fumbles both fumbles leading to Broncos touchdowns.

In Super Bowl LI, the first Super Bowl to end in overtime, the Atlanta Falcons led 28–3 late in the third quarter however, they squandered the lead as the Patriots would tie the game 28–28 on back to back touchdowns and two-point conversions. The Falcons lost to the Patriots 34–28 in overtime. This 25 point deficit would be the largest comeback win for any team in a Super Bowl, breaking the previous of a 10-point deficit to come back and win. The Patriots never held the lead until the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Tom Brady was awarded his record fourth Super Bowl MVP and 5th win as a Super Bowl Champion, throwing a then-record 466 yards for 43 completions.

In Super Bowl LII, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the defending champion Patriots 41–33, ending a 57-year championship drought for the franchise. Nick Foles won the Super Bowl MVP. The Patriots totaled 613 yards in defeat, with Tom Brady breaking his previous Super Bowl record of 466 passing yards with an all-time playoff record 505 passing yards in the high scoring game while the Eagles would gain 538 yards in victory. The Patriots' 33 points was the highest losing score in Super Bowl history. The combined total of 1,151 yards of offense for both teams broke an NFL record (for any game) that had stood for nearly seven decades. It was the Eagles' third Super Bowl appearance, and their first win in franchise history.

While Super Bowl LII produced the second highest-scoring Super Bowl, the following year's Super Bowl LIII became the lowest-scoring Super Bowl. The Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 13–3. Tom Brady would receive a record sixth Super Bowl championship, the most of any player in NFL history, surpassing his tie with Charles Haley for five wins. Brady would also become the oldest player to ever win a Super Bowl at age 41, while Bill Belichick would be the oldest coach to ever win a Super Bowl at age 66. Wide receiver Julian Edelman was named Super Bowl MVP.

2020s Edit

In Super Bowl LIV, the Chiefs defeated the 49ers in an end-game comeback, 31–20, for their first Super Bowl title in 50 years. This victory marked the first time since 1991 that the NFC did not have more Super Bowl victories than the AFC. At Super Bowl LV, which took place in Tampa, Florida, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31–9. [16] This marked a record seventh Super Bowl victory for Tom Brady, and marked the only time in the history of the Modern League that a host city's pro-football franchise got to play, and win, in the Super Bowl that was hosted there.

The Super Bowl is one of the most-watched annual sporting events in the world, with viewership overwhelmingly domestic. [17] The only other annual event that gathers more viewers is the UEFA Champions League final. [17] For many years, the Super Bowl has possessed a large US and global television viewership, and it is often the most-watched United States originating television program of the year. [18] The game tends to have high Nielsen television ratings, which is usually around a 40 rating and 60 shares. This means that on average, more than 100 million people from the United States alone are tuned into the Super Bowl at any given moment.

In press releases preceding each year's event, the NFL typically claims that this year's Super Bowl will have a potential worldwide audience of around one billion people in over 200 countries. [19] This figure refers to the number of people able to watch the game, not the number of people actually watching. However, the statements have been frequently misinterpreted in various media as referring to the latter figure, leading to a common misperception about the game's actual global audience. [20] [21] The New York-based media research firm Initiative measured the global audience for the 2005 Super Bowl at 93 million people, with 98 percent of that figure being viewers in North America, which meant roughly two million people outside North America watched the Super Bowl that year. [20]

The 2015 Super Bowl XLIX holds the record for average number of U.S. viewers, with a final number of 114.4 million, [22] making the game the most-viewed television broadcast of any kind in American history. The halftime show followed with 118.5 million viewers tuning in, and an all-time high of 168 million viewers in the United States had watched several portions of the Super Bowl 2015 broadcast. [23] The game set a record for total viewers for the fifth time in six years. [4]

The highest-rated game according to Nielsen was Super Bowl XVI in 1982, which was watched in 49.1% of households (73 shares), or 40,020,000 households at the time. Ratings for that game, a San Francisco victory over Cincinnati, may have been aided by a large blizzard that had affected much of the northeastern United States on game day, leaving residents to stay at home more than usual. Super Bowl XVI still ranks fourth on Nielsen's list of top-rated programs of all time, and three other Super Bowls, XII, XVII, and XX, made the top ten. [24]

Famous commercial campaigns include the Budweiser "Bud Bowl" campaign, the 1984 introduction of Apple's Macintosh computer, and the 1999 and 2000 dot-com ads. As the television ratings of the Super Bowl have steadily increased over the years, prices have also increased every year, with advertisers paying as much as $3.5 million for a thirty-second spot during Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. [25] A segment of the audience tunes into the Super Bowl solely to view commercials. [26] In 2010, Nielsen reported that 51 percent of Super Bowl viewers tune in for the commercials. [27] The Super Bowl halftime show has spawned another set of alternative entertainment such as the Lingerie Bowl, the Beer Bottle Bowl, and others.

Since 1991, the Super Bowl has begun between 6:19 and 6:40 PM EST so that most of the game is played during the primetime hours on the East Coast. [28]

U.S. TV rights Edit

Throughout most of its history, the Super Bowl has been rotated annually between the same American television networks that broadcast the NFL's regular season and postseason games.

Super Bowl I (1967) is the only Super Bowl to have been broadcast in the United States by two networks simultaneously. At the time, NBC held the rights to nationally televise AFL games while CBS had the rights to broadcast NFL games. Both networks were allowed to cover the game, and each network used its own announcers, but NBC was only allowed to use the CBS feed instead of producing its own. [29] [30]

Starting with Super Bowl II (1968), NBC televised the game in even years and CBS in odd years. This annual rotation between the two networks continued through the 1970 AFL–NFL merger when NBC was given the rights to televise AFC games and CBS winning the rights to broadcast NFC games. When ABC began broadcasting Monday Night Football in 1970, it was not added to the Super Bowl rotation until Super Bowl XIX (1985). ABC, CBS and NBC then continued to rotate the Super Bowl until 1994 when Fox replaced CBS as the NFC rightsholder. CBS then took NBC's place in the rotation after the former replaced the later as the AFC rightsholder in 1998. As a result of new contracts signed in 2006, with NBC taking over Sunday Night Football from ESPN, and Monday Night Football moving from ABC to ESPN, NBC took ABC's place in the Super Bowl rotation. The rotation between CBS, Fox, and NBC will continue until the new contracts that will take effect in 2023, allowing ABC to return and start a four-network rotation. [31]

The NFL has broken the traditional broadcasting rotation if it can be used to bolster other major sporting events a network airs afterwards. [32] [33] [34] For example, CBS was given Super Bowl XXVI (1992) after it won the rights to air the 1992 Winter Olympics, and NBC then ended up airing Super Bowl XXVII (1993) and Super Bowl XXVIII (1994) in consecutive years. Likewise, NBC will air Super Bowl LVI (2022) instead of CBS when NBC will also broadcast the 2022 Winter Olympics. [34]

Super Bowls I–VI were blacked out in the television markets of the host cities, due to league restrictions then in place. Super Bowl VII was telecast in Los Angeles on an experimental basis after all tickets were sold ten days prior to the game. [35]

Game analyst John Madden is the only person to broadcast a Super Bowl for each of the four networks that have televised the game (five with CBS, three with Fox, two with ABC, and one with NBC).

Network Number broadcast Years broadcast Future scheduled telecasts [*]
ABC [**] 7 (9 [ˇ] ) 1985, 1988, 1991, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2006 2027, 2031 [ˇ]
Fox 9 (13 [ˇ] ) 1997, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2020 2023, 2025, 2029, 2033 [ˇ]
NBC 19 (23 [ˇ] ) 1967 [***] , 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018 2022, 2026, 2030, 2034 [ˇ]
CBS 21 (24 [ˇ] ) 1967 [***] , 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1992, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2021 2024, 2028, 2032 [ˇ]

Note: Years listed are the year the game was actually played (will be played [ˇ] ) rather than what NFL season it is considered to have been.
^ *: The extended current TV contracts with the networks expire after the 2022 season (or Super Bowl LVII in early 2023) and the Super Bowl is currently rotated annually between CBS, Fox, and NBC in that order. ABC will return to the rotation with the upcoming TV contract. [31]
^ **: ABC is not currently in the rotation for Super Bowl broadcasts but, with the upcoming television contract, will return for the 2026 season (Super Bowl LXI in early 2027). [31]
^ ***: The first Super Bowl was simultaneously broadcast by CBS and NBC, with each network using the same video feed (from CBS), but providing its own commentary.

Lead-out programming Edit

The Super Bowl provides an extremely strong lead-in to programming following it on the same channel, the effects of which can last for several hours. For instance, in discussing the ratings of a local TV station, Buffalo television critic Alan Pergament noted on the coattails from Super Bowl XLVII, which aired on CBS: "A paid program that ran on CBS 4 (WIVB-TV) at 2:30 in the morning had a 1.3 rating. That's higher than some CW prime time shows get on WNLO-TV, Channel 4's sister station." [36]

Because of this strong coattail effect, the network that airs the Super Bowl typically takes advantage of the large audience to air an episode of a hit series, or to premiere the pilot of a promising new one in the lead-out slot, which immediately follows the Super Bowl and post-game coverage.

Initially, it was sort of a novelty and so it didn't quite feel right. But it was just like, this is the year . Bands of our generation, you can sort of be seen on a stage like this or, like, not seen. There's not a lot of middle places. It is a tremendous venue.

Early Super Bowls featured a halftime show consisting of marching bands from local colleges or high schools but as the popularity of the game increased, a trend where popular singers and musicians performed during its pre-game ceremonies and the halftime show, or simply sang the national anthem of the United States or "America the Beautiful" emerged. [38] Unlike regular season or playoff games, thirty minutes are allocated for the Super Bowl halftime. After a special live episode of the Fox sketch comedy series In Living Color caused a drop in viewership for the Super Bowl XXVI halftime show, the NFL sought to increase the Super Bowl's audience by hiring A-list talent to perform. They approached Michael Jackson, whose performance the following year drew higher figures than the game itself. [39] [40] Another notable performance came during Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002, when U2 performed during their third song, "Where the Streets Have No Name", the band played under a large projection screen which scrolled through names of the victims of the September 11 attacks.

For many years, Whitney Houston's performance of the national anthem at Super Bowl XXV in 1991, during the Gulf War, had long been regarded as one of the best renditions of the anthem in history. [41] [42] [43] Prior to Super Bowl XLVIII, soprano Renee Fleming became the first opera singer to perform the anthem.

The halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII attracted controversy, following an incident in which Justin Timberlake removed a piece of Janet Jackson's top, briefly exposing one of her breasts before the broadcast quickly cut away from the shot. The incident led to fines being issued by the FCC (and a larger crackdown over "indecent" content broadcast on television), and MTV (then a sister to the game's broadcaster that year, CBS, under Viacom) being banned by the NFL from producing the Super Bowl halftime show in the future. In an effort to prevent a repeat of the incident, the NFL held a moratorium on Super Bowl halftime shows featuring pop performers, and instead invited a single, headlining veteran act, such as Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Prince, and Bruce Springsteen. This practice ended at Super Bowl XLV, which returned to using current pop acts such as The Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga. [44] [45]

Excluding Super Bowl XXXIX, the famous "I'm going to Disney World!" advertising campaign took place in every Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXI, when quarterback Phil Simms from the Giants became the first player to say the tagline.

As of Super Bowl LV, 28 of 55 Super Bowls have been played in three metropolitan areas: the Greater Miami area (eleven times), [46] New Orleans (ten times), and the Greater Los Angeles area (seven times). No market or region without an active NFL franchise has ever hosted a Super Bowl, and the presence of an NFL team in a market or region is now a de jure requirement for bidding on the game. [47] [48] For instance while Los Angeles had been a seven-time host city with its most recent being Super Bowl XXVII in 1993, it has not hosted one since due to the departure of both its NFL teams in 1995. The Louisiana Superdome has hosted seven Super Bowls, the most of any venue. The Orange Bowl was the only AFL stadium to host a Super Bowl and the only stadium to host consecutive Super Bowls, hosting Super Bowls II and III.

Seven Super Bowls have been held in a stadium other than the one the NFL team in that city was using at the time, a situation that has not arisen after Super Bowl XXVII's host stadium was selected on March 19, 1991. This was as the winning market was previously not required to host the Super Bowl in the same stadium that its NFL team used, if the stadium in which the Super Bowl was held was perceived to be a better stadium for a large high-profile event than the existing NFL home stadium in the same city for example, Los Angeles's last five Super Bowls were all played at the Rose Bowl, which has never been used by any NFL franchise outside of the Super Bowl. Besides the Rose Bowl, the only other Super Bowl venues that were not the home stadium to NFL teams at the time were Rice Stadium (the Houston Oilers had played in Rice Stadium previously but moved to the Astrodome several years prior to Super Bowl VIII) and Stanford Stadium. Starting with the selection of the Super Bowl XXVIII venue on May 23, 1990, the league has given preference in awarding the Super Bowl to brand new or recently renovated NFL stadiums, alongside a trend of teams demanding public money or relocating to play in new stadiums.

To date only one team has played in a Super Bowl at its home stadium, the 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who made it to Super Bowl LV (hosted at the Raymond James Stadium, selected on May 23, 2017), after winning all their playoff games on the road in the 2020-21 playoffs: at Washington, New Orleans, and Green Bay. Prior to that, the closest any team has come to accomplishing this feat were the 2017 Minnesota Vikings who reached the NFC Championship Game where they lost to the Eagles. In that instance, U.S. Bank Stadium became the first Super Bowl host stadium (selected on May 20, 2014) to also host a Divisional Playoff Game in the same season (which the Vikings won) all previous times that the Super Bowl host stadium hosted another playoff game in the same postseason were all Wild Card games. Two teams have played the Super Bowl in their home market but at a different venue than their home stadium: the Los Angeles Rams, who lost Super Bowl XIV in the Rose Bowl instead of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the 49ers, who won Super Bowl XIX in Stanford Stadium instead of Candlestick Park, during a time when the league often picked a stadium that was not home to an NFL team to host the Super Bowl (see above),

Traditionally, the NFL does not award Super Bowls to stadiums that are located in climates with an expected average daily temperature less than 50 °F (10 °C) on game day unless the field can be completely covered by a fixed or retractable roof. [49] Six Super Bowls have been played in northern cities: two in the Detroit area—Super Bowl XVI at Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan and Super Bowl XL at Ford Field in Detroit, two in Minneapolis—Super Bowl XXVI at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and Super Bowl LII at the U.S. Bank Stadium, one in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium for Super Bowl XLVI, and one in the New York area—Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Only MetLife Stadium did not have a roof (be it fixed or retractable) but it was still picked as the host stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII in an apparent waiver of the warm-climate rule, with a contingency plan to reschedule the game in the event of heavy snowfall. [50] MetLife Stadium's selection over Sun Life Stadium generated controversy as the league requested a roof to be added to Sun Life Stadium (in the event of rainstorms) in order to considered for future Super Bowls. [51]

There have been a few instances where the league has rescinded the Super Bowl from cities. Super Bowl XXVII in 1993 was originally awarded to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, but after Arizona voters elected not to recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a paid state employees' holiday in 1990, the NFL moved the game to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. [52] When voters in Arizona opted to create such a legal holiday in 1992, Super Bowl XXX in 1996 was awarded to Tempe. Super Bowl XXXIII was awarded first to Candlestick Park in San Francisco, but when plans to renovate the stadium fell through, the game was moved to Pro Player Stadium in greater Miami. Super Bowl XXXVII was awarded to a new stadium not yet built in San Francisco, when that stadium failed to be built, the game was moved to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Super Bowl XLIV, slated for February 7, 2010, was withdrawn from New York City's proposed West Side Stadium, because the city, state, and proposed tenants (New York Jets) could not agree on funding. Super Bowl XLIV was then eventually awarded to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 was originally given to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, but after two sales taxes failed to pass at the ballot box (a renovation proposal had passed successfully, but a second ballot question to add a rolling roof structure to be shared with Kaufmann Stadium critical for the game to be hosted was rejected), and opposition by local business leaders and politicians increased, Kansas City eventually withdrew its request to host the game. [53] Super Bowl XLIX was then eventually awarded to State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Selection process Edit

The location of the Super Bowl is chosen at a meeting of all NFL team owners, usually three to five years prior to the event. The game has never been played in a metropolitan area that lacked an NFL franchise at the time the game was played, although in 2007 NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suggested that a Super Bowl might be played in London, perhaps at Wembley Stadium. [54]

Through Super Bowl LVI, teams were allowed to bid for the rights to host Super Bowls, where cities submitted proposals to host a Super Bowl and were evaluated in terms of stadium renovation and their ability to host, but this competition was rescinded in 2018. [ needs update ] [49] [55] The league has made all decisions regarding hosting sites from Super Bowl LVII onward the league chose a potential venue unilaterally, the chosen team put together a hosting proposal, and the league voted upon it to determine if it is acceptable. [56]

In 2014, a document listing the specific requirements of Super Bowl hosts was leaked, giving a clear list of what was required for a Super Bowl host. [57] Some of the host requirements include:

  • The host stadium must be in a market that hosts an NFL team and must have 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 °F (10 °C) must either have a roof or a waiver given by the league. There must be 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 (79,000 m 2 ), and an outdoor venue must have a minimum of 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m 2 ). 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.
  • The necessary infrastructure must be in place around the stadium and other Super Bowl facilities, including parking, security, electrical needs, media needs, communication needs, and transportation needs.
  • 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. (For Super Bowl XXXIX, the city of Jacksonville docked several luxury cruise liners at their port to act as temporary hotel space. [58] )
  • There must be practice space of equal and comparable quality for both teams within a twenty-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 stadium must have a minimum of 70,000 fixed seats, including club and fixed suite seating, during regular season operations.

Much of the cost of a Super Bowl is to be assumed by the host community, although some costs are enumerated within the requirements to be assumed by the NFL. New Orleans, the site of Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, invested more than $1 billion in infrastructure improvements in the years leading up to the game. [59]

Home team designation Edit

The designated "home team" alternates between the NFC team in odd-numbered games and the AFC team in even-numbered games. [60] [61] This alternation was initiated with the first Super Bowl, when the Packers were the designated home team. Regardless of being the home or away team of record, each team has their team logo and wordmark painted in one of the end zones. Designated away teams have won 30 of 55 Super Bowls to date (approximately 55%).

Since Super Bowl XIII in 1979, the home team is given the choice of wearing their colored or white jerseys. Originally, the designated home team had to wear their colored jerseys, which resulted in the Cowboys donning their less exposed dark blue jerseys for Super Bowl V. While most of the home teams in the Super Bowl have chosen to wear their colored jerseys, there have been seven exceptions: the Cowboys during Super Bowls XIII and XXVII, the Washington Redskins during Super Bowl XVII, the Steelers during Super Bowl XL, the Broncos during Super Bowl 50, the Patriots in Super Bowl LII and the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. The Cowboys, since 1964, have worn white jerseys at home. The Washington Redskins wore white at home under coach Joe Gibbs starting in 1981 through 1992, continued by Richie Petitbon and Norv Turner through 2000, then again when Gibbs returned from 2004 through 2007. Meanwhile, the Steelers, who have always worn their black jerseys at home since the AFL–NFL merger in 1970, opted for the white jerseys after winning three consecutive playoff games on the road, wearing white. The Steelers' decision was compared with the Patriots in Super Bowl XX the Patriots had worn white jerseys at home during the 1985 season, but after winning road playoff games against the Jets and Dolphins wearing red jerseys, New England opted to switch to crimson for the Super Bowl as the designated home team. For the Broncos in Super Bowl 50, Denver general manager John Elway simply stated, "We've had Super Bowl success in our white uniforms" they previously had been 0–4 in Super Bowls when wearing their orange jerseys. [62] [63] The Broncos' decision is also perceived to be made out of superstition, losing all Super Bowl games with the orange jerseys in terrible fashion. It is unclear why the Patriots chose to wear their white jerseys for Super Bowl LII. During the pairing of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, New England has mostly worn their blue jerseys for home games, but have worn white for a home game in the 2008, 2010, and 2011 seasons. [64] The Patriots were 3–0 in their white uniforms in Super Bowls prior to Super Bowl LII with Belichick and Brady, [65] [66] and they may have been going on recent trends of teams who wear white for the Super Bowl game. [67] [68] [69] For Super Bowl LV, when the Buccaneers became the first team to reach the Super Bowl that their own stadium hosted, the Bucs coincidentally were designated the home team as per AFC-NFC rotation and elected to wear their white jerseys, having previously won both their divisional and championship post-season games on the road in white jerseys. [70] White-shirted teams have won 35 of 55 Super Bowls to date (63%). The only teams to win in their dark-colored uniform in more recent years are the Packers against the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, the Eagles against the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, and the Chiefs against the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV with teams in white winning 13 of the last 16 Super Bowls. [71]

The 49ers, as part of the league's 75th Anniversary celebration, used their 1955 throwback uniform in Super Bowl XXIX, which for that year was their regular home jersey. The Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII wore their royal blue and yellow throwback uniforms, which they have previously worn for six home games including a home playoff game. [72] No team has yet worn a third jersey or Color Rush uniform for the Super Bowl. The 49ers reportedly requested to wear an all-white third jersey ensemble for Super Bowl LIV, which the San Francisco Chronicle noted they could do with special permission from the league the league never granted such permission, and the 49ers instead opted for their standard uniform of white jerseys with gold pants. [73]


The Fans Vs. Foes Guide To Super Bowl Sunday In New Orleans

New Orleans’ biggest bash of the year, Mardi Gras, may be less than two weeks away, but that doesn’t mean the city won’t be partying extra hard in honor of the Super Bowl it’s hosting this Sunday. From Bourbon Street to Bywater and from the Marigny to Metarie, the whole metro area will be getting in on the action – and that includes the gays. But whether you’re a crazed football fan or a rabid football foe, there’s always plenty to do in the Big Easy. Here’s our guide to how best to spend this Super Bowl Sunday, no matter which side of the fence you’re on.

MORNING
Wake up late (this is New Orleans) at the fabulous Hotel Monteleone (right) in the French Quarter, or at the fantastic Harrah’s complex just a few blocks away. Both are among the city’s top-rated hotels. Grab brunch at the phenomenal Stanley, where your Eggs Benedict become a po’ boy, New Orleans-style.

AFTERNOON
Offset what’s sure to be a sporty evening by loading up on culture. First stop: the outstanding Angela King Gallery right in the French Quarter, which shows works by renowned contemporary artists like Peter Max. Next, head over to the Central Business District, where you’ll find the two of the city’s biggest artistic gems right across the street from each other, the exceptional Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the very forward-thinking Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans.

For the Super Bowl-minded, it’s now already time to commence the revelry, with the ever-fun Good Friends Bar (left) back in the French Quarter kicking off its Tailgate Party at 4pm. A few blocks away, the notorious Corner Pocket also revs up its Giant Super Bowl Party at 4, with multiple viewing screens and food and drink specials before and after the game.

For the gridiron-haters, there’s still time to squeeze in some shopping (and we don’t mean for football jerseys!) along hip Magazine Street in the Uptown and Garden Districts, where can’t-miss stops include quirky emporium Plum and cool T maker Storyville. For a sweet break, pop next door from the latter to stylish Sucré, where folks go nuts for the chocolates and macaroons. If you’re a bit hungrier, dig into some tasty tapas at nearby Salú just be forewarned that they’ll be showing the game later on, so if it’ll burn your eyes, get out before sundown.

EVENING
With the Ravens and the 49ers facing off at 5:30pm CST, it’s time now to really separate the fans from the foes. For fans, one of the most logical options is New Orleans’ “sportsqueer” bar, Cutters in the Marigny, which kicks off its Super Bowl party at 5pm. Cheer loudly for your favorite team, and a free shot will be yours every time said team scores a touchdown. Also offering this sure-to-be-messy-making strategy are The Double Play in the French Quarter and 4 Seasons & The Out Back Bar in Metarie. Other big game party-hosting gay bars include The Phoenix, Michael’s on the Park (serving up something called Mike’s Famous Frito Pie for the occasion), and the 700 Club (which is offering a special Super Bowl menu, as well as drinks specials during the game). For what’s likely the biggest gay screen in town, settle in at The Country Club in the Marigny, which will be showing the game on big huge flatscreens, on an indoor 11 foot projector, and on its granddaddy 25 foot projector outside over the pool.

Meanwhile, for those who’d do anything to avoid football this Sunday, there are a few (but only a few) New Orleans gay bars that aren’t throwing Super Bowl parties. These include Napoleon’s Itch, Rawhide 2010, John Paul’s, and the biggest Big Easy disco of them all, Oz, which will be behaving as if this was just another Sunday: Starting at six, Blanche Debris hosts an evening of Dingo (drag bingo), the Boy Next Door Strip-Off, and the glittery Show Time! (exclamation point theirs, but we’ll take their word for it).

Of course if you shun the game, you also shun some of the wonderfully gay stuff that comes with it, namely hot players (like Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, swoon, right) and Beyoncé’s halftime show. We’re just saying.

For a complete gay breakdown of the game itself, check out Outsports.com’s excellent guide.

OUR PREDICTIONS
Ravens vs. 49ers: 49ers by 6
Fans vs. Foes in New Orleans: Tie, everyone wins

Photos by Hotel Monteleone, Flickr user MDGovpics, and GayCities user shawnrossi


New Orleans hosts the 47th Super Bowl

When I think of New Orleans, I think of partying through Mardi Gras, the home of Jazz and aligator sausages. I have incredibly fond memories of New Orleans, being the American equivalent of Ibiza, this is definitely an area I will be visiting again. New Orleans has inevitably been on the tip of the tongue for many as we approach the 47th Super bowl, with New Orleans hosting the legendary event.

The decision to host the event at the Mercedez Benz Superdrome really highlights the efforts made to rebuild the area since Hurricane Katrina caused havoc in 2005. There is still a long way to go as can be seen by the state of some of the buildings and by the high unemployment levels, however it was heartwarming to see the amount of effort put in by locals to help rebuild their community.

This is however the 10th time the Superbowl has been played in New Orleans since 1970, a truly phenomal figure, which places them equal top with Miami.

The Superbowl kicks off on the 3rd February, however the events are starting as early as January 29th as ‘Media Day’ occurs.
According to friends in New Orleans, the buzz is already in the air as everyone’s counting down the minutes till kick off.

Beyonce has the honour of playing the coveted half time gig in front of a global audience. Some memorable highlights of the superbowl half time gigs have included:

1) Michael Jackson back in his illustrious days, performing hits such as ‘black or white’ and ‘Billie Jean’.

2) U2 – 9/11 had occured just 4 months before and Bono performed a 9/11 dedicated show which brought a tear to the eye of many.

3) Janet Jackson – It is worth mentioning that during this show, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, P.diddy, Kid Rock and Jessica Simpson all had an amazing performance, however all the focus was on Janet Jackson’s nipple slip.

4) Rolling Stones – One of my favourite bands of all time, the Rolling Stones really know how to control the stage as they played classic hits such as ‘Start me up’ and ‘Satisfaction’ at the 2006 Superbowl.

5) Prince – offering a show which will be hard to beat for Beyonce, a large number of classic hits were sung with some great guitar solos, especially through ‘all along the watchtower’.

The game was fought between Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, with Baltimore just about winning 34-31, a game that left them proud champions, while 49ers had never actually lost a superbowl before.

New Orleans isn’t exactly new to this tournament, having hosted 10 times in the past, equal to Miami as the record hosts, however it was the first to be played since the devastating hurricane Katrina which tore the city in half. When I saw how much people had gone through and the sad levels of homelessness, along with how little the government helped the people in the most need really hit home and made it hard to witness. I can only hope the economy is starting to build again and more jobs are coming to the area.

Will you be going to New Orleans this February? Let me know in the comments below!


Betting Odds For The Super Bowl FAQ

Yes, in states with legalized sports betting. Currently, almost two dozen US states allow legal sports betting, with more than a dozen of those states offering legal online sports betting.

Some of the states that offer both land-based and online sportsbooks include Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and more.

Office pools and other types of betting on the Super Bowl outside of legal sportsbooks are technically against the law.

In most states, you must be 21 years of age or older to bet on the Super Bowl. In New York, Montana, and Rhode Island you are legally allowed to wager at 18 years or older.

The top online sportsbooks include FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM, and BetRivers, and William Hill. Every single sportsbook that you find will offer bets on the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is the most bet on sports event of the year so any sportsbook that is not offering the Super Bowl is not a reliable online sports betting site.

Yes. Using any of the legal online sportsbooks found on this page will allow you to place any bet legally and safely. Be careful to only use sportsbooks that are legally licensed or partnered with a legal online casino. They are the most reliable for safe deposits and cashouts.

Yes. Live betting on the Super Bowl is an extremely popular and fun way to bet. In-game betting is not limited to the spread or moneyline either. You can bet on a host of prop bets and point totals throughout the game as the lines move.

Yes. Many sportsbooks have licenses to hold these types of bets. From the length of the National Anthem to the color of the Gatorade at the end of the game, everything can be bet on during the Super Bowl.

The current favorite to win Super Bowl LVI is the Kansas City Chiefs. Other favorites in the eyes of the sportsbooks include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers.

Super Bowl LV will take place on February 6th, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.

The home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, SoFi Stadium will host the Super Bowl for the first time next year.


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