Chiefs vs. 49ers: Super Bowl LIV by the numbers
Surprising statistics behind the biggest football game of the year
On Sunday, millions of people across Canada and around the world will pull on their team’s hats, grab their favourite snacks and settle in to watch the biggest game of the NFL season: Super Bowl LIV.
For mega-fans, Super Bowl Sunday is an unofficial holiday.
They set aside more than three hours to watch the action, critique the new commercials made just for the game, and watch some of the biggest musical acts in the world during halftime.
Curious about what goes into pulling off this massive event? Here’s a look at Super Bowl LIV by the numbers:
The Vince Lombardi Trophy, the NFL’s championship trophy, sits between helmets from the two teams facing off on Sunday: the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. (Rich Graessle/PPI/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
This is what LIV stands for in roman numerals, which is a system of numbers invented in ancient Rome. The NFL uses roman numerals to identify each edition of the Super Bowl in order to avoid confusion about the season it’s connected to. For example, this Super Bowl will be played in 2020, even though the majority of this season’s games took place in 2019.
While Sunday will be the 54th Super Bowl, the game will wrap the NFL’s 100th season.
That’s the number of people who can fit into the stands at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. The venue usually hosts home games for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.
It won’t be long before thousands of people are cheering as loud as they can within these walls. (Kena Betancur/VIEWpress/Getty Images)
Don’t have a ticket for the game? Right now the cheapest one on StubHub is going for nearly $4,700 US, or more than $6,200 Canadian dollars. And that number will only go up as we get closer to kickoff. While that’s a steep price to pay, it’s nothing compared to the most expensive ticket on the website, which is currently listed at a whopping $333,333.34 US ($440,626.68 Cdn).
It’s been five decades since the Kansas City Chiefs last made it to a Super Bowl, when the team faced off against the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV (the fourth edition of the big game) in 1970. They won 23-7 to claim their first and only Lombardi Trophy.
The Chiefs last Super Bowl appearance may have been 50 years ago, but the action shots from that game are still amazing. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
The number of Dr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, a right guard on the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line. Born in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Que., he played football at McGill University in Montreal while earning a degree in medicine. Already the first medical doctor to play in the NFL when he played his first game for the Chiefs during the 2015 season, the 28-year-old will become the first medical doctor to play in a Super Bowl on Sunday.
“Miami here we come,” Duvernay-Tardif said on Instagram this week, as the clock ticked down to the big game.
$26.6 million US
That’s how much Jimmy Garoppolo, the quarterback of the 49ers, will take home this season, making him the highest-paid player to take part in Sunday’s game and the fifth-highest paid player in the league this season. He’s finishing off the third season of his current five-year, $137.5 million contract.
It seemed like everyone wanted to talk to Garoppolo the moment he arrived in Miami.
According to CBS, this game will be the first time in Super Bowl history where the two teams involved use red as their primary colour. (Seriously, what are the chances?) To avoid any confusion as to who is on which team during the game, the Chiefs will wear their traditional red home jerseys with white pants, while the 49ers will wear their white away jerseys with gold pants.
The number of women who’ve coached at the Super Bowl and the number of openly gay coaches to ever work the event. This year, they are one and the same: Katie Sowers, an offensive assistant coach with the 49ers.
San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Katie Sowers will be the first female coach in Super Bowl history. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
This is exactly how much Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will make for performing during this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show. Why would they do it for free? With millions of people watching around the world, it’s a golden opportunity to promote themselves and their music to a very large audience.
J-Lo was having some fun during rehearsals for the Halftime Show about a week ago.
The impressive musical careers of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira have resulted in 14 Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including five songs that reached No. 1.
Shakira, too, has been putting in plenty of work before Sunday’s performance.
The reported cost to air a 30-second commercial during the U.S. broadcast coverage of the Super Bowl, according to Forbes. That’s just the amount of money needed to get it onto TV — it doesn’t include the cost of making the commercial in the first place.
An estimate of the annual global viewing audience the Super Bowl has attracted in the last five years, according to The Washington Post.