Super Bowl 50: Your 101 Guide to Football’s Biggest Day

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The regular season is still raging on, with teams fighting tooth and nail for a playoff spot. The NFL and the fans, however, are already gearing up for what is arguably the most important day in football history – Super Bowl 50.

Feeling about unsure about your Super Bowl IQ?

We’ve got you covered! Here’s a basic guide to everything Super Bowl. We promise to keep it up to date as the big day nears.

What is the Super Bowl?

The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the NFL or the National Football League. It is the culminating match and the highest point of a season that begins in late summer of the previous calendar year.

When was the first Super Bowl?

Super Bowl I was played on January 15, 1967, following the 1966 regular season.

When is Super Bowl 50?

Super Bowl 50 will be played on Feb 7, 2016. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 pm local time (6:30 pm Eastern).

Where is Super Bowl 50?

The Super Bowl will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, about 40 miles from San Francisco. In a rather cruel turn of events, Levi’s Stadium is the home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers, who were eliminated from the postseason in Week 14 of the regular season and are probably one of the worst teams in the NFL this season.

Levi’s Stadium is considered the greenest football stadium in the United States and is currently one of the largest buildings registered with the U.S. Green Building Council. On the official website of Super Bowl 50, the organizers promise a “weeklong series of public events,” to begin on January 30. These include the NFL Experience and the Super Bowl City fan village.  The NFL Experience is an interactive theme park to be located at the Moscone Center, featuring interactive games for young NFL fans, as well as the chance to meet some NFL players. The Super Bowl City fan village is a free-to-the-public village packed with family-friendly activities.

Avid fans can already register for a “Super Bowl 50” tour of the stadium. The tour explores the “history of the Super Bowl and the San Francisco 49ers five Super Bowl victories” and features a Super Bowl Memories exhibit. Nice enough for a 49ers fan, and even nicer for fans who like to gloat.

Levi's Stadium Home of the San Francisco 49ers and the host of Super Bowl 50

How many seats are in the stadium?

The $1.2 billion venue covers 1.85 million square feet, seats approximately 68,500 and features 165 luxury suites and 8,500 club seats. For special events like the Super Bowl, they are expanding their capacity to about 75,000!

How many parking spots are around the stadium?

Around 31,000 parking spaces are available in 28 lots.

Why is the Super Bowl called the Super Bowl?

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One of the conditions of the merger agreement between the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL) in 1966 was that the winner of each league’s championship game would meet in one game to determine the “world champion of football”. According to, Lamar Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs and one of the founders of the AFL, referred to the new championship game as the “Super Bowl” in the merger meetings. He later explained that the name “stuck” to his head because of a toy his children had, called “Super Ball.” He then said: “I probably interchanged the phonetics of “bowl” and “ball”.

Why is Super Bowl 50 called the “Golden Super Bowl?”

Three reasons: first, it will be played in California, the Golden State; second, it’s held at the home stadium of the San Francisco 49ers, a team named after the miners of the California Gold Rush; and finally, a 50th anniversary is traditionally the “golden anniversary”.

What happened to the Roman Numerals?

Since 1971, the NFL has been using Roman numerals to describe the Super Bowl. The reason was to avoid confusion that came with having a game played in a different calendar year than the regular season. On June 4, 2014, the league announced that the 2016 Super Bowl will be numbered 50 instead of “L.” But don’t worry, Roman numerals will be reinstated next year in time for Super Bowl LI in 2017.

Did you know?
One reason given for this year’s change was the difficulty to design an aesthetically pleasing logo with the letter L.

Which network will broadcast the game?

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CBS. According to, the network will offer week-long coverage from San Francisco, beginning on Monday, February 1. CBS will run Super Bowl and league related shows from nine divisions broadcasting from San Francisco’s Market Street, where Super Bowl City will be located. The scheduled shows include: “The Super Bowl Today,” CBS’ pre-game show; “CBS News;” CBS Sports Network’s “Super Bowl Live,” “That Other Pregame Show,” “NFL Monday QB” and “We Need to Talk;” Showtime’s “Inside the NFL;” “The Insider;” and “Entertainment Tonight.”

Immediately after the Big Game, CBS will air special post-game editions of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden”.

How many people watched the 2015 Super Bowl?

NBC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX drew an average audience of 114.4 million. According to CNN Money, this made Super Bowl XLIX the most watched broadcast in US TV history.

Who’s performing in the Halftime Show?

Coldplay gets the honors this time around. It will be the British band’s first time on the big stage, but they’ll be joined by veteran Super Bowl performer, Bruno Mars. Other guest stars are still unknown.

Super Bowl 50 Half Time Show

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How much food is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday?

Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day of food consumption in the US, second only to Thanksgiving Day. According to estimates by engineers at Stevens Institute of Technology as quoted by, Americans drink 325 million gallons of beer during the Big Game, 70 million pounds of avocados get mashed into guacamole (equaling one avocado per US household) and 40 and 50 million pounds of chips are consumed. According to statistics published by the American Chicken Council, Americans eat about 1.25 billion chicken wings during the day. That’s enough to put 572 wings on every seat in all 32 NFL stadiums, according to the organization.

Want to start planning your Game Day menu? Check out our Super Bowl recipes!


How does the NFL determine who officiates post-season games and the Super Bowl?

According to ABC News, who delved deep into the subject, the NFL adopts an “all-star” approach: Officials rated highest at each position by supervisors get the assignments. Their rating is determined by accuracy percentage on calls for the regular season, taking into account calls made, calls missed and calls that should have been called and weren’t. The highest-rated officials are then grouped into three Tiers, based on the accuracy percentage of their calls. Tier 1 officials are eligible for playoff assignments, including the Super Bowl and the conference championships. Seniority is not taken into account.

What is the Vince Lombardy Trophy?

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The Vince Lombardy Trophy, awarded each year to the winning team of the Super Bowl, is named in honor of NFL coach Vince Lombardi. Lombardi coached Green Bay in the sixties, leading the Packers to five championships. The trophy is made entirely of sterling silver and handcrafted by Tiffany and Co. It stands 56 cm tall and weighs 3.2 kg. Since Super Bowl XXX (1996) the trophy has been presented to the team owner on the field.

The trophy is initially inscribed with the words “Vince Lombardi Trophy” and the Super Bowl number. After it is awarded, it is sent back to Tiffany’s to be engraved with the names of the participating teams, date, location and the final score. Smaller replicas are made for each member of the winning team.

This time around, the digits 5 and 0 will be on opposite sides of the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Which teams have won the most Vince Lombardy Trophies?

The Pittsburgh Steelers have six trophies, while the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys come in second, both tied with five trophies each.

What did the 2015 Super Bowl Champions get?

Super Bowl XLIX Ring

Each player on the New England Patriots winning team got a small replica of Tiffany’s Vince Lombardy Trophy, plus a juicy $97,000 check. Each Patriot also receive a Super Bowl ring, made from white gold and 205 diamonds. The ring features the Pats’ logo surrounded by 44 diamonds and the season’s motto, “Do Your Job,” is written on the right side of the ring.

A collective sigh please for each player on the Seattle Seahawks, the losing team. They had to make do with a check for $49,000.

What’s the best-selling jersey leading up to the Super Bowl?

As of December 20, 2015, New England Patriots QB, Tom Brady’s # 12 jersey is the best-selling jersey in the NFL shop. The NY Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr.’s jersey ranks second and Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski’s jersey holds steady at third place.

What does Vegas say?

As of December 28, 2015, Vegas is favoring the current champs to win Super Bowl 50 – the New England Patriots. According to, the odds to win the big game are as follows: New England Patriots (7/2), followed by the Carolina Panthers (4/1) and the Arizona Cardinals (5/1). Then the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers at fourth and fifth places, respectively (6/1). Vegas is gambling on New England to win the AFC Championship (6/5) and the Carolina Panthers to win the NFC (9/5).

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