By Andrea M
The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL) and the highest level of professional football in the United States. The season starts in late summer, and ends in winter, usually late January or beginning of February. This year’s Super Bowl took place on the 7th of February, and these are 7 things you need to know about this fantastic event!
1.) This year’s Super Bowl is very special, being the 50th edition of the American football game. It is also the first, in 45 year, to ditch the traditional Roman numerals and use common numbers. This is due to being such a big event. It was decided to make clear that this is the 50th Super Bowl, and to make that completely understandable to everyone. However, beginning from the next Super Bowl in 2017, they’re going to revert to the traditional Roman numerals.
2.) The game, as stated previously, took place the 7th of February, but one thing to know the game took place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. This is the first Super Bowl held in the San Francisco Bay Area since the Super Bowl XIX(19)in 1985, and the first in California since Super Bowl XXXVII (37) took place in San Diego in 2003.
3.) For the third straight season, the number one seeds (the teams that are given a preliminary ranking for the purposes of the draw) met in the Super Bowl. The teams that faced each other this year were the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. The Carolina Panthers became one of only ten teams to have completed a regular season with only one loss and one of only six teams to have acquired a 15–1 record. Instead, the Denver Broncos became one of four teams to have made eight appearances in the Super Bowl.
4.) The halftime show, which is the highlight of the event and can cost millions to stage, was performed by more than one artist, unlike Katy Perry last year and Bruno Mars two years ago. This year, the show was be led by the British rock band, Coldplay, along with Beyoncé and Bruno Mars.
5.) In addition to the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the trophy that the winning team receives every year, the winner of Super Bowl 50 will also receive a large, 18-karat gold-plated “50”. Each digit will weigh 33 lb (15 kg) for a total of 66 lb (30 kg).
6.) The teams practiced for the match at San Jose State University in San Jose and Stanford University in Palo Alto. In the week preceding Game Day on February 7th, the two teams utilized the fields and facilities in their final run-up to the championship game.
7.) The Panthers versus Broncos matchup marks the second time in Super Bowl history that the No. 1 scoring offense will play the No. 1 scoring defense. The first time was two years ago, when the Broncos had the top scoring offense and the Seahawks had the top scoring defense.
But most importantly, do you know who won?