Super Bowl 2015, also written XLIX, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 1, between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. This could turn out to be one of the more memorable in Super Bowl 49-year history when defending champs take on the most dominant NFL team of the last 15 years.
Super Bowl XLIX takes place at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona where both teams finished the 2014 regular season with the best record in their respective conferences. The contest hasn’t been played outside of the eastern or central time zone since 2008, when it was last held in Glendale. Next year’s Super Bowl 50 will be played in San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium.
Seahawks make back-to-back trips to the Super Bowl and the third time altogether (2005, 2013, 2014) and the second against the New England Patriots. This is the eighth time for New England (1985, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014), and the sixth with Tom Brady as their starting quarterback.
Bill Belichick will coach his sixth Super Bowl, while Pete Carroll has reached the game for a second time, setting a record with eight combined appearances between head coaches. In the 48 previous Super Bowls, the opening coin toss has landed on heads 24 times and tails 24 times.
Whether win or lose, every team player who shows up at the Super Bowl will walk away with a nice paycheck. This year, every player on the 53-man roster of the team who wins will receive $97,000. Each person on the losing team will walk away with a guaranteed check of $49,000 for simply being there. Members of both teams have already earned $68,000 for winning the Divisional round and Conference Championship games. Additionally, the Super Bowl rings for the everyone on the winning team cost is worth an average of $5,000 each.
Super Bowl 2015 could be most-watched television show ever. Last year’s game was the most-watched television show in U.S history with an average of 111.5 million viewers. A big increase over last year is expected this year.
Tickets are more expensive than ever before. On the secondary market, the asking price at TiqIq is $6,000. Some tickets are as high as $15,000 to $25,000. A 30-second ad cost $4.5 over $4 million last year. During the first Super Bowl, that time cost was only $40,000.
For the fourth straight year, fans have multiple viewing options. They can watch the Super Bowl online. Viewers can stream 11 hours of Super Bowl content, without the requirement of a cable subscription.
Katy Perry is the main performer at the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show, along with Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott. Idina Menzel will perform the national anthem, and John Legend will perform “America the Beautiful.”
Marshawn Lynch is a chronic crotch grabber, but league officials consider it taunting and say if Lynch is caught grabbing his crotch, during the Super Bowl, the Seahawks will be penalized 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff.
The biggest news surrounding the New England Patriots is #DeflateGate. Both Brady and head coach Belichick deny that their balls are anything but stellar and up to league specifications, blaming it on “climatic conditions.
Americans are expected to consume 1.25 billion chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday, more than any other day of the year. That averages out to about 10 wings per person. Favorite dipping sauce for wings depends on geographical location. 49% of wing eaters in the Northeast prefer blue cheese, while the rest of the country chooses ranch dressing. About 50 million cases of beer will be consumed after the 30 million pounds of snacks that will be eaten.