The Super Bowl is an American football championship game held by the NFL (National Football League) in the United States. It is the culmination of the NFL season, and is played between the winners of the AFC (American Football Conference) and NFC (National Football Conference) playoffs. The Super Bowl is one of the biggest events in American sports and is typically held on the first Sunday in February. It is also one of the most-watched television events in the United States, with millions of viewers tuning in to watch the game, the halftime show, and the commercials. The winning team is awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
History of Super Bowl Sunday
The first ever Super Bowl saw the Kansas City Chiefs go up against the Green Bay Packers on January 15, 1967. Back then, the game was originally called the “AFL-NFL World Championship Game” and was played as a matchup between the champions of the two professional football leagues at the time, which were the AFL (American Football League) and the NFL.
The Super Bowl has been played annually since 1967, with the exception of the strike-shortened 1982 season, when no official champion was crowned. The game has been held on a Sunday in late January or early February every year since its inception, and it is now considered a national holiday in the United States, known as “Super Bowl Sunday.” The Super Bowl has become known for its halftime show and its expensive and highly coveted advertising slots.
Over the years there have been many memorable Super Bowl halftime shows, featuring a wide range of performers from different genres of music.
Super Bowl Sunday Timeline
Super Bowl XXXVIII
Janet Jackson becomes the center of a controversy due to her memorable “wardrobe malfunction” when performing alongside Justin Timberlake at the end of the halftime show.
Super Bowl XLI
Prince performs an electrifying performance to a viewership of 140 million.
Super Bowl XLVII
Beyoncé delivers a high-energy performance with former Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
Super Bowl XLIX
Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott perform at what becomes one of the most watched halftime shows in history.
Super Bowl LII
Justin Timberlake headlines this time, although viewing figures are down from the previous year.
How to Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday
Many people host or attend Super Bowl parties, where they watch the game with friends and family and enjoy snacks and drinks. These parties may be held at home, at a sports bar or restaurant, or at a community center or other large gathering space.
At Super Bowl parties, people often enjoy traditional game-day snacks such as chips and dips, wings, and pizza. Some people also like to have more elaborate meals, such as barbecue or chili. Many people also enjoy watching and discussing the halftime show and the commercials, which are a major part of the Super Bowl broadcast.
In addition to watching the game and enjoying food and drinks, some people also celebrate Super Bowl Sunday by playing games or participating in other activities related to football. This may include things like throwing a football around, playing a game of touch football, or even just talking about football strategy and the game.
Overall, Super Bowl Sunday is a time for people to come together and celebrate the sport of football, as well as the camaraderie and shared experiences that come with being a fan of the game.