5 Things You Need to Know About the SuperBowl


Always around this time of year, I find myself constantly bombarded with questions about the SuperBowl from my international friends.  I don’t know much about the game itself, but I do know that it’s something American’s can’t escape each February with lots of hype around pools (gambling on the outcome of the game), commercials and parties with a ridiculous of beer.
Never experienced a good ol’ American SuperBowl? Get up to speed on the television event of the year with these 5 facts.
1. This year’s NFL Super Bowl XLVIII will take place on Sunday, February 2 18:30 (00:30 +1 Italian time). The final two teams to survive the playoffs are the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, and they will compete at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Tickets are still available for die hard fans who are willing to spend thousands to experience the game in the frigid East Coast weather.
2. With almost 110M viewers last year, the SuperBowl is an excellent way for brans to reach a large audience and grab their attention with premieres of creative commercials. In fact, many ignore the game and just tune in for the ads… which cost around $4 million for a 30 second time slot. Check out Mashable’s list of the most memorable ads of all time!
3. After the second quarter (the game is divided into 4 15:00 quarters), the SuperBowl will take a break from the tackles and throws for a fabulous Halftime Show starring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Memorable past performances include Beyonce (and her fierce facial expressions) and Janet Jackson’s scandalous wardrobe malfunction.
4. Like any American event, junk food is a key part of the night. No SuperBowl party is complete without beer, chicken wings, sandwiches and chips. With the mentality of “go big or go home”, why not try to build a snack stadium?
5. Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl is the right alternative for those looking for a less macho game on SuperBowl Sunday. Created in 2005, the television event features homeless dogs from shelters who play an adorable puppy version of football.

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