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50 Facts to Celebrate Super Bowl 50

Posted by Daltile Team on Jan 19, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Photo courtesy of michaelaubryphoto and Dollar Photo Club2016 marks 50 years of American football championship games. Whether you plan on settling down in your favorite easy chair for the afternoon, heading to the San Francisco Bay Area, or getting a huge party together complete with surround sound, this year is special.

In honor of the occasion, here are 50 facts to help you get ready for this golden anniversary.

  1. The 2016 Super Bowl logo will represent the fiftieth year with Arabic numerals rather than the traditional Roman numerals. Next year, the Roman numerals will return with the fifty-first Super Bowl: LI.

  2. The first Super Bowl was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and organizers wanted to return to L.A. for the 50th Bowl. But in the end, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara won out over Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

  3. The Host Committee promised 25% of all money raised (the highest percentage donated) to youth development, the environment, and community causes in the Bay Area.

  4. The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee deliberately selected business owners who are veterans, gay, lesbian, and transgender as contractors for Super Bowl business opportunities.

  5. The Super Bowl 50 halftime show will feature Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars.

  6. CBS will televise the game with Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, and Tracy Wolfson as announcers.

  7. The cost of a 30 second commercial during the Super Bowl this year is $5 million.

  8. The sheer numbers and diversity of the viewership makes Super Bowl commercials some of the most coveted advertising of the year for many brands.

  9. Nearly every year, the record for most watched telecast in American history is broken. In 2014, 112.2 million viewers tuned in. Last year it was 114.4 million viewers.

  10. Five out of the last seven Super Bowls were won by a touchdown or less.

  11. Audi was the first advertiser to use a hashtag in its ad. In 2014 60% of ads had a hashtag and 42% had a website URL.

  12. 57% of viewers say they use Facebook or Twitter during the game. In 2014, there were over 380,000 tweets about one play in the game: Percy Harvin running the second half kickoff back 87 yards for the Seahawks.

  13. Ticket prices last year rose to $8,000 for the cheapest seats a few days before game day. Tickets on the 50 yard line were as much as $29,000.

  14. Super Bowl XLIX in 2014 became tainted by “Deflategate” in which the Patriots were accused of playing with under-inflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game.

  15. At the end of Super Bowl VII, Don Shula (Dolphins coach), had his watch stolen right off his wrist while he was being carried off the field. He jumped down, chased the thief, and got his watch back.

  16. A giant yellow ribbon was tied around the Superdome for Super Bowl XV for the Iran Hostage Crisis.

  17. 86 year old Dion Rich has gatecrashed his way into 30 Super Bowl games. The highlight was at Super Bowl XII when he helped carry Tom Landry off the field at the Superdome.

  18. The highest score in Super Bowl history was in 1990 when the 49ers beat the Broncos 55-10. The lowest final score was at Super Bowl VI when the Dolphins lost to the Cowboys 24-3.

  19. The team with the most Super Bowl appearances is a three way tie between the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, and the New England Patriots with 8 games each.

  20. The team with the most Super Bowl wins is the Pittsburgh Steelers with 6 victories. They are closely followed by the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys with 5 wins each.

  21. Several teams have played each other more than once. The rematch record is held by the Cowboys and Steelers who have played each other three times in Super Bowl history.

  22. Seven teams have won the Super Bowl twice in a row. The most recent occurrence of this was Super Bowl XXXVII and XXXIX when the New England Patriots held the title.

  23. The city that has most frequently hosted the Super Bowl is Miami with ten games. New Orleans has hosted the big game nine times.

  24. The Superdome is the stadium that has played host to the Super Bowl the most. Six games have been held there.

  25. Super Bowl games are traditionally held in either warm locales or in climate-controlled domes. The exception was in 2014 when the Bowl was held in the open-air at the MetLife Stadium near New York City. At kickoff, the temperature was a balmy 49 ⁰F. The next day, however, there was a big snow storm.

  26. The first Super Bowl game played on Astro Turf was VIII when the Dolphins and Vikings played at Rice Stadium in Houston in 1974.

  27. The person with the most Super Bowl rings is Neal Dahlen. He won five as Staff and Player Personnel with San Francisco. And he won two more with Denver as the General Manager.

  28. The player with the most Super Bowl rings is Charles Haley. He won two with San Francisco and three with Dallas.

  29. Lawrence Taylor’s son sold his 1990 ring in 2012 without Taylor’s knowledge. The sum reached over $230,000 by the time the auction was over. On the bright side, Taylor had given the ring to his son and was not upset by his selling it, unlike thousands of football fans across the nation.

  30. The trophy awarded to the winning team is fabled to have been conceived by Pete Rozelle (NFL commissioner) and Oscar Riedner (Tiffany & Co. vice president). They sketched it on a cocktail napkin in 1966. Tiffany & Co. still makes the trophy today.

  31. The Super Bowl trophy was named the Vince Lombardy Trophy to honor the head coach who led the Green Bay Packers to win the first two Super Bowls.

  32. Winning teams get to keep the Vince Lombardy Trophy unlike other trophies like the Stanley Cup that get passed on to the next winning team.

  33. The Super Bowl trophy was presented in the locker room up until Super Bowl XXX. Since then the trophy has been awarded with much pomp and circumstance including a musical composition commissioned just for the Super Bowl.

  34. The trophy is made of sterling silver and weighs 7 pounds.

  35. The worst injury in Super Bowl history goes to Tim Krumrie of the Bengals in Super Bowl XXXIII. The defensive lineman’s ankle broke in multiple places as he dove for the tackle. The crowd watched in horror as Krumrie’s foot flailed around like it was barely connected to his body.

  36. At XXXII, Broncos running back Terrell Davis, temporarily lost his vision when he had a severe migraine. They ran the play without taking him out by faking the pass.

  37. More beer is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year, excepting the 4th of July.

  38. 1.23 million chicken wings are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday. Over 79% of viewers plan to buy food for the annual event.

  39. The Super Bowl used to be the championship game between the champions of the NFL and AFL. The two have since merged and make up two football conferences: the NFC and the AFC, who play for the Super Bowl title.

  40. The first Super Bowl was in 1967 between the Packers and Kansas City.

  41. The winners of Super Bowl I received a $15,000 bonus. The losers got $7,500.

  42. Super Bowl Sunday comes in second for food consumed in a day, right behind Thanksgiving.

  43. Cost for a commercial in the first Super Bowl was between $75,000 and $85,000 for a one minute commercial.

  44. 72 footballs are used each year in the Super Bowl.

  45. 8 million pounds of guacamole and 14,500 tons of chips are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday.

  46. The Super Bowl numbers its games using Roman numerals because the football season falls in two calendar years.

  47. Two brothers, Jim and John Harbaugh, faced off at Super Bowl XLVII as the head coaches of the opposing teams.

  48. Last year, winning players earned a $97,000 bonus. And the losers took a $49,000 check home.

  49. The Super Bowl was broadcast in 34 languages last year.

  50. One in three Americans place some sort of bet on the Super Bowl.

Happy Super Bowl from Daltile!

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