Americans Get Ready To Celebrate Super Bowl LIV

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Super Bowl 54, The National Football League championship,, will be played on February 2, 2020 (Credit: superbowl2020net.blogspot.com)

For those unfamiliar with the sport, the National Football League's (NFL) championship game, aka the Super Bowl, may seem like an ordinary season finale. However, don't tell that to the 194 million Americans who plan to watch the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs battle it out for the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on February 2, 2020.

Some will tune in for the genuine love of the game, others to watch the creative commercials or half-time show, which this year will feature popular pop stars Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. However, for most people, the game is an excuse to host or attend parties and indulge in foods they usually avoid, or at least not consume in such excess. It is, therefore, no wonder that Super Bowl Sunday ranks as one of the country’s biggest food consumption days — second only to Thanksgiving.

The Super Bowl is popular for various reasons (Credit: Statista/ CC-BY-SA 2.0)

The noshing will begin hours before the 49ers and Chiefs arrive at the stadium and continue long after the 2020 NFL champions have been crowned. The Nielsen Company estimates that Americans will consume $278 million of potato chips, $224 million of tortilla chips (accompanied by guacamole made from $62 million of avocados), $86 million of popcorn, and an assortment of other snacks before the game begins.

During the game, partygoers will turn to heartier fare, like pizza and chicken wings. This year, Domino's expects to sell over 2 million pizzas, while rival Pizza Hut anticipates dishing out more than 1.5 million pies, or enough pizza to cover 41,000 football fields!

Popular foods on Super Bowl Sunday (Credit: YouGov.com)

Meanwhile, the National Chicken Council expects Americans to consume a record 1.4 billion wings, or 27 million wings more than in 2019. To put it in perspective, if laid end to end, the wings would stretch along the entire Florida coastline more than nine times! Other favorites include ribs (10 million pounds), bacon (12.5 million pounds), hamburgers (14 million), foot-long subs, and hot dogs. The food will be washed down with millions of gallons of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

As you may have guessed, the Super Bowl celebrations do not come cheap. A recent National Retail Foundation (NRF) survey estimates that in 2020, each consumer will spend about $88.65 on food, beverages, merchandise, and party supplies, for a total of $17.2 billion nationwide. This is a sharp increase from the average $81.30 spent during last year's Super Bowl, and one of the highest amounts since the NRF began tracking the expenses in 2005.

Businesses experience a sharp drop in productivity on the Monday after the Super Bowl (Credit: Office Team )

The unbridled junk food consumption does have consequences. According to the convenience store chain 7-Eleven, sales of antacids rise by 20 percent on the Monday following Super Bowl Sunday. Even worse, over 17 million people will not report to work on “Super Sick Monday," and those that do will not be very effective, resulting in a loss of about $1 billion in productivity. Unfortunately, the situation is likely to continue until lawmakers agree to the numerous petitions to declare the day after the game a "SMUNDAY" — a Sunday on a Monday — to allow revelers to recover.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Go 49ers! Go Chiefs!

Resources: NRF.com, Wikipedia.org, www.qsrmagazine.com,www.businessinsider.com

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319 Comments
  • odellethethird
    odellethethirdThursday, March 18, 2021 at 12:38 pm
    This is going to be one of the best super bowls because the chiefs hadn't win a super bowl in fifty YEARS!
    • thewonderkid10
      thewonderkid10Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 7:33 pm
      I am so sad the CHEIFS lost ToT
      • etb58
        etb58Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 3:06 pm
        GO BUCS
        • ilovetacoslol
          ilovetacoslolSaturday, January 9, 2021 at 5:06 pm
          Football is amazing!
          • adonikus
            adonikusThursday, December 24, 2020 at 12:55 pm
            The halftime show was inappropriate though
            • bsc
              bscFriday, December 18, 2020 at 7:18 am
              I just watch it for the ads.
              • mo109051
                mo109051Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 10:11 am
                Kansas City THE best team Ever P.S. Go CHIEFS
                • mo109051
                  mo109051Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 10:10 am
                  Mahomes is a goat Go CHEIFS
                  • etb58
                    etb58Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 3:06 pm
                    Tom brady is the GOAT
                  • your_boi_john
                    your_boi_johnThursday, December 3, 2020 at 6:26 am
                    Chiefs,"please win",& I agree howler2020 Mahomes is a goat. YEET!!!
                    • lolllllllllllll
                      lolllllllllllllFriday, November 20, 2020 at 1:39 pm
                      GO 49ers