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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308 Comments
  • superman1313
    superman1313Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6:31 am
    I wanted the Greenbay to win but 49'ers smoked them.
    • ethangamertvfan
      ethangamertvfanTuesday, March 3, 2020 at 3:46 pm
      Go 49ers! All though the chiefs did win fair and square..but still go 49ers!
      • gaps1
        gaps1Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 5:19 pm
        go chiefs but Hawks come next season
        • seahawks4life
          seahawks4lifeSunday, April 5, 2020 at 7:24 pm
          yes seahawks will come back( like if agree)
        • mahomes1
          mahomes1Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:58 am
          The vid looks cool makes me wish I was there.
          • gio3o
            gio3oFriday, February 28, 2020 at 10:12 am
            the 49ers should have won
            • gaps1
              gaps1Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 5:20 pm
              i think chiefs deserve it
              • mahomes1
                mahomes1Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2:24 pm
                Yes the 49ers are good but the chiefs won fair and square. GO CHEIFS KINGDOM.
              • relic313
                relic313Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 12:09 pm
                not suprised the chiefs won
                • gamycyke-158031832761
                  gamycyke-158031832761Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 12:14 pm
                  i love chiefs.
                  • aspect_alex07
                    aspect_alex07Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 9:15 am
                    even though kansas won, the niners will get them back next time
                    • mahomes1
                      mahomes1Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2:24 pm
                      No they will not.
                    • tiger333
                      tiger333Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 6:30 am
                      lets go kc
                      • oops
                        oopsMonday, March 2, 2020 at 9:49 am
                        Are you from Kansas city?
                      • kywutace-158220953420
                        kywutace-158220953420Monday, February 24, 2020 at 6:42 am
                        chiefs won!!!!!!!!!