Super Bowl 2022: fun facts to discuss during commercial breaks

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Super Bowl LVI is almost here.

If you’re planning a watch party, here are Super Bowl facts that will fuel the conversation during commercial breaks.

Los Angeles area hosts game for first time in 29 years

This year’s Super Bowl will be held at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., which will be the first time the big game has been held in the Los Angeles area since 1993, Fox News previously reported.

Los Angeles also hosted the very first Super Bowl in 1967 and six more times from 1973 to 1993.

FILE – This is a general view of the interior of SoFi Stadium as the Los Angeles Rams take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Inglewood, In California.
(AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File)

All players are paid for the game

Win or lose, players from both Super Bowl teams get paid. Each player on the winning team will win $150,000, while players on the losing team will win $75,000, according to Athlon Sports.

That’s up from last year, when winners took home $130,000 and losers $65,000, Fox News previously reported.

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NFL pays for halftime show but doesn’t pay performers

An NFL spokesperson told The Pioneer Woman in December that halftime performers are not paid for the show.

“There is no appearance fee,” NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy told the website. “But artists are paid at the union scale.”

However, the NFL still spends a lot of money on the show.

The football league apparently covers the cost of production and other expenses. In 2020, Reuters reported that the halftime show that year cost around $13 million to produce.

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The cost of Super Bowl ads is rising

For example, a 30-second spot for a commercial during Super Bowl LVI would sell for $6.5 million, according to 24/7 Wall Street. That’s nearly $1 million more than the 2021 average of $5.6 million, the website reported.

A billboard near Hollywood and Vine with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, promoting Super Bowl LVI is pictured.  The game will take place at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

A billboard near Hollywood and Vine with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, promoting Super Bowl LVI is pictured. The game will take place at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.
(Aaron P/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

In September, Variety reported that Super Bowl LVI commercials were nearly sold out.

Super Bowl Sunday is a great day to eat

As for food, Americans consume more of it on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year except Thanksgiving, according to a 2020 report from the United Food and Commercial Workers union.

However, airing your Super Bowl spread is expected to cost between 8% and 14% more this year due to food inflation, according to a recent report from Wells Fargo.

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