1) This is Seattle’s third trip to the Super Bowl (2005, 2013, 2014) and the eighth for New England (1985, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014).
2) The Super Bowl Championship game used to be a meeting of the best teams from two different leagues—the National Football League and the American Football League. Since their merger in 1970, they are referred to as the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.
3) Since the Big Game’s inception in 1967, the Pittsburgh Steelers hold the record for the most championships won (6).
4) In 2014, about 111.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the game on television. Television channels that feature the game regularly seek upwards of $4.5 million for thirty seconds of ad space, and studies have shown that up to 50% of viewers watch the game for the ads.
5) Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for food consumption in the US, preceded only by Thanksgiving. In 2015, it is estimated that consumers will have spent over $14 billion in goods related to the weekend, including the consumption of some 1.2 billion chicken wings.
6) Reflecting the popularity of social media use, in 2014, 60% of Super Bowl ads had a hashtag and 42% had an URL code. There were 25.3 million tweets during the game.
7) It has become unofficially acceptable for churches to host Super Bowl parties so long as they do not charge admission, do not use official logos for advertising the game, and do not use rented property.