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Super Bowl Sunday

United States Air Force Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl Sunday, sometimes referred to as Super Sunday,[1] is the Sunday on which the Super Bowl is played (first Sunday in February). On Super Bowl Sunday, millions of people gather to watch the Super Bowl. Some such gatherings are known for the large amount of food that is consumed by attendees.


As the most watched annual television program in the United States, a significant portion of the country follows the same routine on Super Bowl Sunday. Although it has never been made an official holiday, several commentators refer to it as a holiday due to the way it causes families and friends to gather and celebrate together.[2] Many Americans who are not typically football fans will still gather and watch the game.[3] There are several references[4] and resources available to those who host Super Bowl parties.[5]

Stores are often empty during the game, particularly in the regions represented by the two teams playing in the Super Bowl.[6] Water usage drops, with significant rises in use during halftime and after the game as fans go to the bathroom.[7] Although sports bars have been busy on Super Bowl Sunday in the past, it is becoming more common for people to view the game from home. This is due in part to the increasing size of home televisions in the United States as well as the attempts of budget conscious consumers to save money.[8] Expatriate Americans often hold gatherings abroad, although due to the time difference the events occur overnight in some areas.[9]

Some commentators have applauded the idea of making Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday, citing its ability to unite Americans of different races, religions, and economic classes.[10] It has even been characterized as a "holy day" for secular Americans.[11] In recent years, NFL executives have called for a three-day weekend in order to allow fans to celebrate the event.[12] Some NFL fans find Super Bowl Sunday depressing, however, if their favorite team was eliminated from the NFL Playoffs.[13]

Churches sometimes cancel their afternoon or evening services for Super Bowl Sunday. Others hold football-themed charity drives or deliver sermons designed to appeal to male members of the congregation.[14][15] Some churches host Super Bowl viewing parties, and evangelize during halftime.[16]

The television network carrying the game (either CBS, Fox, or NBC) will usually devote the entire day's programming schedule to the game, with extended pregame shows, NFL Films retrospectives of the previous season, and special versions of the Sunday morning talk shows in the morning and afternoon hours leading into the game. Competing networks, due to the severe loss of viewers to the Super Bowl festivities, generally resort to low-cost counterprogramming measures such as marathons, reruns, infomercials, and novelty shows like the Puppy Bowl.


Large amounts of food are typically consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.[2][12] Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving.[17] Large amounts of alcohol are consumed during the Super Bowl as well, and some police departments have noticed a dramatic increase in drunk driving on Super Bowl Sunday.[18]

Rather than a sit-down dinner, on Super Bowl Sunday food is usually served buffet style. Foods that are traditionally eaten on Super Bowl Sunday include buffalo wings, pizza, chili, potato chips, and dipping sauces.[17][19] Many pizza delivery businesses see their amount of orders double because pizza comprises roughly sixty percent of the take out ordered on Super Bowl Sunday. Roughly 28,000,000 pounds (13,000,000 kg) of chips which if laid end to end would stretch for 293,000 miles (472,000 km) 90 million chicken wings, and 8,000,000 pounds (3,600,000 kg) of guacamole are consumed during the Super Bowl, if all the guacamole consumed were to be spread over a football field the spread would be 11.8 feet deep.[19][20]


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  2. ^ a b Deford, Frank (January 28, 2009). "Super Bowl Sunday is a holiday". CNN. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ Stellino, Vito (February 6, 2010). "Super Bowl Sunday feels like a holiday". The Florida Times Union. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
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  7. ^ Calder, Rich (February 9, 2012). "Toilet Bowl XLVI / Flushes tell of Giant triumph". New York Post. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
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  11. ^ Edelstein, Jeff (February 5, 2011). "SUPER BOWL SUNDAY: NFL will get sacked in ’11". The Trentonian. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Flint, Joe (February 4, 2011). "NFL has made Super Bowl Sunday into a holiday, is a three-day weekend the next step?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Super Bowl tough for Saints fans". The Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, Louisiana). February 6, 2011. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Some churches cancel Super Bowl Sunday services". The Victoria Advocate (Victoria, Texas). Associated Press. February 3, 2011. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  15. ^ Draper, Electa (February 5, 2011). "Some preachers use Super Bowl to put focus on harm of pornography". Dever Post. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  16. ^ Kloosterman, Stephen (February 6, 2011). "Churches see Super Bowl as a time to connect with worshippers". Holland Sentinel (Holland, Michigan). Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  17. ^ a b Corwin, Tom (February 5, 2011). "Super Bowl party food need not send diets crashing". The Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Georgia). Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  18. ^ Zellermayer, J (February 6, 2011). "Super Bowl Sunday drunk driving crackdown". WGN. Associated Press. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  19. ^ a b Lynott, Jerry (February 1, 2011). "Score super snacks". The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania). Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
  20. ^ Edge, Lisa (February 4, 2011). "Super Bowl Sunday means big business for food industry". WPDE. Retrieved February 6, 2011. 
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