Atlanta is where the players play, and this year they’ll be doing it for the title of Super Bowl LIII (53) champion. The 2019 version of the NFL’s big game will feature plenty of familiar faces and traditions. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are making their third straight run at the Lombardi Trophy in their eighth Super Bowl appearance since 2003. Millions of people will tune in on television, as usual. And we’ll again consume more than a billion chicken wings while watching billions of dollars’ worth of commercials with a bit of football mixed in.
Lurking behind the standard hoopla, however, are a relatively unfamiliar setting, some young, newly relocated upstarts and an unanswered question. Atlanta is hosting the Super Bowl for just the third time, in the 4th big game held in a retractable roof stadium. The Los Angeles Rams are set to make the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl appearance overall and their first since moving back to Los Angeles from St. Louis in 2016. And everyone wants to know whether the Rams’ youthful quarterback-head coach combo, with an average age of just 28.5 years old, can dethrone the NFL’s elder statesmen from New England (average age of 53.5).
Super Bowl LIII By The Numbers
- $5,145: The average cost of a ticket to the past five Super Bowls.
- $5.24 Million: The average cost for a 30-second commercial during Super Bowl LIII (up 96% since 2008).
- 1.38 Billion: Chicken wings will be eaten during the Super Bowl weekend, plus at least 14,500 tons of chips, 8 million pounds of guacamole and 10 million pounds of ribs.
- 1 in 2: People would sacrifice their vacation days for one year to watch their team win the Super Bowl. More than 1 in 3 would give up their annual bonus.