By the Numbers: Super Bowl Facts and Figures
Stephen Messenger (@smessenger)
February 5, 2010
Football fans may have to wait until Sunday to watch the Super Bowl--but
for those who just can't get enough, we've compiled a list of the most
incredible Super Bowl related facts and figures for you on the heels of
the big game; From how many people will be tuned-in, to how many blades
of grass are on the field--and everything in between. If you've ever
wondered what the carbon-footprint of the Super Bowl is, or if you'd
like to know how many Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of beer is
drunk during the game, we've got the answers here.
WHO WILL BE WATCHING?
151.6 million: Number of people who will watch at least part of the
194 million: Approximate number of blades of grass on the football
232: Number of countries and territories in which the game will be
34: Number of languages the game is broadcast in.
1: Number of languages in which the word "football" doesn't mean
HOW MUCH FOOD WILL BE CONSUMED?
8 million: Total pounds of popcorn consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.
28 million: Pounds of potato chips consumed.
53.5 million: Pounds of avocados consumed.
222,792: Number of football fields worth of farmland to grow all that
corn, potatoes, and avocados.
11.8: Depth, in feet, of guacamole consumed if it were spread across the
293,000: Number of miles of potato chips, laid end to end, consumed
during the game.
1 billion: Number of chicken wings consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.
325.5 million: Gallons of beer drank by Americans that day.
493: Number of Olympic-sized swimming pools that could be filled with
all that beer.
20%: Increase in ant-acid sales the Monday after the game.
7 million: Number of employees who will not show up to work Monday.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO POWER THE SUPER BOWL?
10,780: Kilograms of Oxygen required to sustain the audience during
4,800: Kilograms of Oxygen produced by the grass on the field during
310,000: Pounds of carbon emissions generated by the Super Bowl.
1,000: Number of NFL defensive linemen to equal that weight.
187,000: Kilowatt/hours of energy estimated to be spent at the Super
10,004,603: Kilowatt/hours of power consumed by home TVs tuned in to
9,000,000: Current Kilowatt/hours of solar power generated in the
22,000: Number of parking spaces at the stadium.
264,000: Number of bicycles all those spaces could hold.
HOW MUCH MONEY MOVES AROUND FOR THE BIG GAME?
$5.6 billion: Amount consumers will spend on Super Bowl related items.
$400 million: Amount of money added to the local economy because of the
35%: Ticket holders writing-off the game as a business expense.
$12,500: Price Tiffany charges to produce the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
$2.8 million: Cost for a 30-second advertisment slot during the game.
20.5: Number of minutes worth of ads it would take to pay for a new
Sun Stadium at that rate.
45: Number of minutes worth advertisements during last year's game.
41%: Percent of Super Bowl viewers surveyed who will re-watch this
year's ads online.
2.9 million: Number of HD TVs bought for the Super Bowl in 2009.
AND WHAT ABOUT THOSE SUPER BOWL PARTIES?
41: Days in advance, on average, Super Bowl plans are made.
20 million: Number of Americans attending a Super Bowl party.
17: Average number of people attending each party.
5%: Percent of people who watch the big game alone.
40%: Percent of Super Bowl viewers who are not football fans.
25%: Percent of women who watch the game and enjoy it.
10 million: Number of man-hours spent preparing food for the Super
10 million: Number of man-hours spent making the movie