Will you be rooting for the Broncos or cheering for the Seahawks – or just looking forward to a great time with friends and family as you party during the big game?
On Sunday, the first cold-weather Super Bowl in an open, uncovered arena will kick off at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The game could go down in the history books as the coldest ever: Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 pm EST, and temperatures will be dropping into the upper 20s during the game.
In fact, the coldest on-field temperature during a Super Bowl was 39 degrees, which took place at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans back in 1972. Ten years later during Super Bowl XVI in Detroit, outdoor temperatures hit a low of 16 degrees, but fans stayed warmer inside the domed stadium. If temperature trivia from big games past is for you, check out the list of Super Bowl kickoff temperatures on the Pro Football Hall of Fame website.
Tackling all the pregame coverage — beginning hours before the players take the field and ending well into the night — requires fuel in the form of food. And Americans will be sacking snacks long before – and after – the players take to the gridiron. After all, according to the USDA, the Super Bowl is the second-highest day for eating in the U.S. (Thanksgiving remains #1).
We’ve pulled together some interesting facts about what we’ll be eating on Super Bowl Sunday:
•Chips: About 11 million pounds of potato chips will be devoured. That’s a whopping 27 billion calories and 1.8 billion fat grams (Source: Calorie Control Council and Snack Food Association).
•Dips: You’ve got to have something to dip that chip into, right? 32% of Super Bowl viewers plan on dipping their chips (Source: Harris Interactive).
•Beers: About 50 million cases of beer will be sold leading up to the game. Far more beer is sold around summer holidays, with the Fourth of July leading demand (source: Nielsen).
•Why cook? 48 million of us will be ordering takeout or delivery from a restaurant instead of cooking at home (National Restaurant Association).
Can’t wait for Sunday? Check out real-time conditions and the game day forecast at the WeatherBug station at MetLife Stadium.
The Insurance Information Institute reports that Super Bowl Sunday is the second-most dangerous drinking and driving day behind New Year’s Day. Whatever you do to celebrate, please do so responsibly!
Stay safe! Know Before™.
The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team