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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311 Comments
  • ralasila1234567
    ralasila1234567Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 11:25 am
    49ers should have won
    • ralasila1234567
      ralasila1234567Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 11:08 am
      I like the Washington football team
      • 29zabraham
        29zabrahamSunday, July 26, 2020 at 3:04 pm
        Go cheifs! 😎😃
        • unicorn_layla
          unicorn_laylaWednesday, May 6, 2020 at 8:08 am
          I feel happy for the coach because people called him a bad coach T-T BUT NOW HE IS THE BEST COACH
          • unicorn_layla
            unicorn_laylaWednesday, May 6, 2020 at 8:06 am
            AMAZING GAME CHEIFS AND 49ERS
            • funnydonut
              funnydonutTuesday, April 14, 2020 at 9:03 am
              cheifs got it and the rings
              • sharp13579
                sharp13579Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 6:44 am
                Go chiefs but Russell and hawks are getting that trophy
                • kinspower10
                  kinspower10Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 10:52 am
                  SEAHAWKS RULE!!
                • nhamilton317
                  nhamilton317Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 12:07 pm
                  Goooo chiefs . Good game 49ers
                  • dogomaster92
                    dogomaster92Monday, March 16, 2020 at 9:19 am
                    I vote chiefs (Like if you agree)
                    • cooingfox21
                      cooingfox21Friday, March 6, 2020 at 8:53 am
                      im a cowboys fan
                      • funnydonut
                        funnydonutTuesday, April 14, 2020 at 9:04 am
                        same but i still like the cheifs
                        • cmfw
                          cmfwSunday, April 5, 2020 at 12:11 pm
                          I'm not a cow boys can I'm a Ravens can like it you agree