Super Bowl 50 may be behind us, but while we count down to the excitement of Super Bowl 51, we thought you’d like to know some interesting facts to do with everyone’s favourite American Football event.
1) It wasn’t originally called “Super Bowl”
The original name was “Super Sunday”. When the NFL and AFL merged in 1966, their respective champions were set to play each other, in a match advertised as “The AFL-NFL Championship Game”. Not a very catchy name, and the two leagues put their heads together to come up with something catchier. The AFL founder said that he’d been calling it “Super Bowl”, but the NFL boss said it sounded unsophisticated, so they pressed ahead with “Super Sunday”. When the AFL team won the match, their name came to prominence in the media, and even NFL staff started using the name Super Bowl.
2) Not only corporate guests go to the Super Bowl
Back in the 1970s, it was sadly true that a lot of the audience in the arena were there as a result of their companies snapping up tickets to the American football final, instead of genuine fans. Sales reps were rewarded for bumper months with tickets to the sporting event of the year. Thankfully, the arrival of the internet has made it much easier for regular folk to get their hands on tickets, and with dedicated fans keen to travel to see their team in action, the public are reclaiming their place in the stands.
3) Super Bowl did not cause Salt Lake City’s sewers to collapse
In the UK, there’s a surge in the national grid when it’s half time at a soccer match, as thousands of fans get up to make a cup of tea. One famous urban legend doing the rounds in America says that during a break in play of a Super Bowl match at an unspecified year in the 1980s, so many Americans went to use the bathroom in Salt Lake City that the sewers couldn’t cope, and collapsed. However, despite a thorough search of the sewerage system records, there’s no trace of any such event, so we’re forced to conclude that it’s an urban legend.
With nine months to go until Super Bowl 51, there’s no saying who’ll make it to the NRG Stadium in Houston. It’s already caused controversy thanks to Houston’s rejection of Proposition 1, and the fact that its only competitor, in Florida, lost out because the local government refused to make the required renovations to their proposed venue. We can only guess what’s in store for us when February 5th finally arrives!