Fun Facts about the Super Bowl LI

Lurking behind the standard hoopla


While the Roman numerals may take some getting used to, Super Bowl LI (51) is largely characterized by familiarities – Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots. This is their their seventh run at the Lombardi Trophy since 2002 in the big game’s third trip to Space City.

This is the third time Houston is hosting the Super Bowl. A total of one million people are expected to attend an event related to the Big Game in the city.

Millions of people will tune in on television, eating more than a billion chicken wings, eating 8 million pounds of guacamole and 14,500 tons of chips, while advertisers spend billions of dollars trying to curry people’s favor during uniquely popular commercial breaks.

What would you give up to be able to see your team play the last game of the season live? About 23 percent will gladly not go vacation, while 19 and 15 percent will miss the funeral of a loved one or the birth of their child, respectively, according to WalletHub data. A fifth of those surveyed will miss the wedding of a close friend or a family member.

The Atlanta Falcons have never won the championship – one of 13 active franchises with that distinction. As you may have heard, great defense wins games. It’s interesting to see then that Atlanta’s top-ranked offense put up 33.8 points per game, while New England’s league-leading defense limited opponents to just 15.6 per contest.

While the price per ticket doesn’t follow a path, the price for ads does. The 110 percent increase in the average cost of a 30-second commercial over the past decade is much higher than that of the World Series ad, which is just 25 percent. In the end it may not matter because only 13 percent of viewers say they recognize a brand more after seeing it in a Super Bowl ad.

Do you know who the most popular Super Bowl LI player on Twitter is? It’s Rob Gronkowski with 1.97 million followers. 

The average price for a ticket to the Big Game seems to increase disproportionally. It was $2,380 when San Francisco 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens in 2013; it was $2,392 the following year; then it jumped to $4,253 in 2015 and $4,307 last year when the Denver Broncos won. It is now $5,216. Can you afford a ticket? Even if you do, you may not be able to get one – the NFL controls 75 percent of the supply, and the rest is up to media, sponsors and ticket brokers.

To identify the best cities for football fans, WalletHub analyzed 244 places in the U.S. with at least one college or professional football team based on 17 key metrics, ranging from the number of NFL and college football teams to average ticket prices.

15 Best Cities for Fans

1. Green Bay, Wisconsin

2. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

3. New York, New York

4. Dallas, Texas

5. Boston, Massachusetts           

6. Seattle, Washington

7. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania     

8. Indianapolis, Indiana

9. Glendale, Arizona

10. Minneapolis, Minnesota

11. Atlanta, Georgia       

12. Kansas City, Missouri              

13. Houston, Texas

14. Charlotte, North Carolina

15. Miami, Florida

While there seems to be a connection between the best cities for fans and the best performing NFL team – Boston, Denver, Seattle, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Green Bay, this doesn’t seem to be the case for the worst team – Chicago, Nashville, Los Angeles, Jacksonville, and Cleveland.  

15 Worst Cities for Fans

1. Davidson, North Carolina

2. Pine Bluff, Arizona

3. New Britain, Connecticut        

4. Lexington, Virginia     

5. Amherst, Massachusetts

6. East Hartford, Connecticut

7. Valparaiso, Indiana    

8. Cape Girardeau, Missouri

9. DeLand, Florida           

10. Worcester, Massachusetts

11. Moscow, Idaho

12. Ogden, Utah

13. Mobile, Alabama

14. Muncie, Indiana

15. Bloomington, Indiana

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