On January 15, 1967, the inaugural Super Bowl was played. It was previously known as the "AFL-NFL World Championship Game" after the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL) merged. It was held in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The NFL's Los Angeles Rams defeated the AFL's Houston Oilers, 34-28.
Why did the Super Bowl start in February? In 1969, the NFL decided to switch the date of its championship game to avoid competing with the NCAA Basketball Tournament. This decision was made because at that time, basketball was considered by many to be more popular than football. The change for 1970 went over well with fans and players, so they did it again for 1971. 1972 was the first year when both March titles were available, so they switched back. In 1973, the NFL decided not to have a season if there was going to be no football, so they moved the date up a week to January 24th. In 1974, they stayed through February 2nd. In 1975, they returned to January 21st through January 28th. In 1976, the league decided that two months was too long without a football game so they pushed the date back to February 3rd through February 9th. In 1977, they stayed through February 25th. In 1978, they stayed through March 3rd. In 1979, they stayed through March 30th. In 1980, they stayed through April 6th.
The Super Bowl program dates back to 1967, when the AFL and NFL played their first title game. Although it was not known as the Super Bowl at the time, it would not be long before the term became synonymous with one of the world's largest annual sporting events.
The AFL-NFL Championship Game is now played annually on January 15 at a pre-determined location. It can only be played during the regular season and cannot be held on Sunday afternoons or Monday nights. The winner is determined by the league that wins the most total games over the course of the season. If the same team wins both the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL) championships, they receive a tiebreaker based on how many more victories they had over the other league.
The NFL began holding its own championship game in 1972. Up until then, the NFL champion was determined by a play-off system called the "Shootout". Two teams would advance to the NFL title game if they were tied at the end of the regular season. They would do so by winning or tying several games through the postseason tournament called the "Pro Bowl".
The Super Bowl winner typically receives the right to host one of the official ancillary tournaments - the NFL Draft, College Football Playoff, etc.
February 6, 2011 The game took place on February 6, 2011, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, marking the first time that the Super Bowl was held in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The game was also the first time that a National Football League (NFL) team has been based in Texas.
The host city for the Super Bowl is selected by vote of the NFL's general managers. Denver received 55 votes, while New York received 46 votes. The remaining one vote went to San Francisco. The Giants were awarded the NFC championship game due to the fact that they were unable to travel to New York due to security concerns caused by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Dallas became the third city after Chicago and Los Angeles to host the Super Bowl twice after the 1989 game was moved from Miami because of financial problems with the Orange Bowl. The 2005 game was played in Detroit due to the fact that the World Series was being played in Houston that year. In 2010, Baltimore replaced Detroit as the next host city. The 2012 game will be held in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Field.
Cowboys Stadium is the home stadium of the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. It opened its doors in 2009 after three years of construction. The stadium is located about 20 miles north of downtown Dallas, right off I-35E.
Super Bowl history The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the first game, which took place in January 1967. Green Bay eventually won Super Bowl II, defeating the then-Oakland Raiders. The Super Bowl was only relocated to February in 2002. Previously, it was held in January.
Relocating the game prevented its potential conflict with President's Day. However, there were still many reasons why the NFL decided to change up the schedule, including more time for television commercials and less congestion in downtown Minneapolis during New Year's Eve.
The last Super Bowl held in January was in 1966. The reason given by league officials at the time was that this would give the players more time off between games. At the time, the season consisted of 16 games, so eliminating one game would not have an impact on their rest requirements.
However, changing the date of the game to February allowed for it to be held later in the year, which would benefit both the players' and coaches' seasons. The regular season ended up extending from early November to late December, which was a new record at the time.
Another factor may have been the desire of television networks to avoid scheduling conflicts with college football's national championship game. The 1969 National Football League Championship Game was the first to be held in January due to a scheduling conflict with college football's championship game.
The Super Bowl is the National Football League's annual championship game (NFL). It has replaced the NFL Championship Game as the last game of every NFL season since 1966. The first four Super Bowls were contested prior to the merger, from 1967 through 1970, with the NFL and AFL each winning two. Since 1971, when the NFL and American football merged, all Super Bowls have been played at a site selected by the host city. Super Bowl LII will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 4, 2018.
Super Bowl I was played on January 15, 1968, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana. The NFL champion Los Angeles Rams defeated the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, 44-27. The halftime show featured a performance by the Harlem Globetrotters who entertained guests by doing tricks against the backboard of a basketball court. This was the only Super Bowl that did not feature at least one current or former NFL team.
Super Bowl II was played on January 16, 1969, at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California. The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Baltimore Colts, 7-3. The halftime show included performances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Who, both of whom were popular British rock bands at the time. This was the first Super Bowl played in front of a crowd larger than 50,000 people.
Super Bowl III was played on January 21, 1970, at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas.