Super facts about Super Bowl XLVII

Whether the host or the guest, you too can be the life of the party with some great Super Bowl trivia. Photo: Countdown to Super Bowl Sunday AP

WASHINGTON, February 1, 2013 — Now starts the countdown to Super Bowl XLVII party time. And you have your dips and chips and a frig full of beer. You plan to jam the room with your best football buddies of both sexes. And yet…have you planned for the lulls in action, when the conversation goes flat, and you stare at the guacamole and pray for the time out to end?

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Now you could head to the kitchen or the bathroom to escape the silence. Or, off the top of your head, you could whip out Super Bowl fun facts, the ones you memorized here.

Whether the host or the guest, you too can be the life of a Super Bowl Party. And people will be as eager to hear your next super fact as to see the newest ad for Kia, Volkswagen or Coke.

Bad at memorizing? Then do a Sarah Palin and jot a few on your hand.

Here are 12 completely useless Super Bowl Super Facts:

1. How much does a 30 second commercial cost? $4 million. Back in 1967 at the first Super Bowl, an ad was only $42,000.

2. How much TV ad revenue did the 2012 Super Bowl generate? $262.5 million.

3. How much was the most expensive ticket to Super Bowl I at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum? $12. Today the top price for a Super Bowl XLVII super seat is $1,200.

4. How many people watched last year’s game on television? 111.3 million people. In 1967, only 24 million tuned in. In fact, Super Bowls are the most watched TV shows of all time, including the World Series and “MASH’s” finale.

This year viewership just may head towards 112 million mark, even though San Francisco and Baltimore don’t have mega-media markets.

5. Beyoncé will sing at the half time show, even doing a reunion with Destiny’s Child and maybe even a song with hubby Jay-Z, but who were the performers at the first half time show?

Vince Lombardi trophy AP

The first time big name entertainers to perform at half time was when Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing and Al Hirt appeared at Super Bowl VI in 1972. At the very first Super Bowl the entertainment consisted of two marching bands from the Universities of Michigan and Arizona.

Performers entertain for free, enjoying the huge crowds at home and in the stadium, all for the free publicity.

6. How much do the winning and losing teams earn for the Super Bowl? Each member of the 2013 winning team will take home $88,000 and each member of the losing team will earn $44,000.

7. How valuable is the Vince Lombardi Trophy? Valued at more than $25,000, the 20.75 in. trophy weighs 6.70 lbs. Vince Lombardi’s name and Super Bowl XLVII are engraved on the base with the NFL shield.

8. How are the host stadiums chosen for the Super Bowl? It has to be warm. A stadium cannot have temperatures less than 50 degrees unless it is held indoors. Hence, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans this year, and in 2014 at the Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. and in 2015 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Az. New Orleans and South Florida are tied at 10 times each as Super Bowl hosts.

9. How much will be bet on the Superbowl 2013? About 200 million people are putting money down for their favorite team with more than $8 billion dollars expected to be wagered.

10. What are the favorite snacks of fans munching at home?

The ever popular guacamole

Chicken wings are a huge favorite with an estimated 1,250,000,000 expected to be gobbled down. Potato chips are the favorite fast snack, leading the field at 11.2 million pounds to be consumed, but tortilla chips at 8.2 million pounds are not far from behind and pretzels, popcorn and nuts are million pound faves as well.

The Hass Avocado Board expects that 79 million pounds of avocado will be scooped up, most likely in the form of guacamole. It will definitely be one of the more healthy snacks consumed that day.

11. What is the favorite beverage? Beer is the drink of choice with 49,300,000 cases of beer expected to be sold for Super Bowl Sunday.

12. How many people will call in with Super Bowl “flu” on Monday? About 700,000 employees will not be at work on February 4.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

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