The official logo for Super Bowl XLVIII, held in East Rutherford, New Jersey in February 2014. The Super Bowl is the NFL's yearly championship game. The AFC and NFC champions square off at a predetermined site. The inaugural Super Bowl took place in 1967. It has now been customary to hold the Super Bowl on Sunday. The biggest audience to date has watched the game live including a global television audience of 3 billion people.
The host city selects an alternate venue each year so both cities can benefit financially from the event. Since its inception, the Super Bowl has been held in the United States. Atlanta hosted the game in 1995 and Miami in 2006. Both cities earned millions of dollars in revenue during their hosting years.
The Super Bowl is the most-watched annual U.S. sports event after the Olympics. An estimated 100 million people around the world were expected to watch the game live on TV with another 10 million watching online.
The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 to claim their first Super Bowl title. Russell Wilson was named the game's MVP.
Super Bowl venues have included various stadiums across the United States. Indoor arenas are used when it gets too cold outside or not enough people show up to see football games in outdoor conditions. New York's Madison Square Garden has hosted more Super Bowls than any other facility with four titles. The Super Bowl has also been held in Canada, Mexico, France, and Brazil.
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 game has been played on the first Sunday in February since 2004. It is held at one of two stadium sites, located within 30 miles of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
The game begins at 3:00 p.m. Central Time and can be seen by millions of people across the United States and worldwide through streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video, Hulu with Live TV, and YouTube. In addition, the game can be watched online for free at www.nfl.com/live or via the NFL App.
The Super Bowl winner is awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Headed by the legendary Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi, the team was known as the Green Bay Packers from 1945 to 1953 when they won their first title. From 1954 to 1980, only men's college basketball champions were awarded the trophy. Beginning in 1981, women's college basketball champions have also been given the opportunity to play for the trophy.
In 2014, the Super Bowl 50 halftime show was headlined by Beyoncé. Other performers included Katy Perry, Coldplay, and Justin Timberlake.
On May 26, 2010, at the NFL owners meetings in Irving, Texas, the game was granted. The Super Bowl XLVIII was the first NFL championship game staged in the New York metropolitan area since the Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants 16-7 at the original Yankee Stadium on December 30, 1962. The game was also being held 12 miles from where its previous version was played in 1996: Miami's Sun Life Stadium.
New York is a natural choice for a Super Bowl; it is one of the most popular sports cities in the country. New York won the right to host the game by winning an online vote conducted by Fox Sports. The victory was announced at the end of the season finale between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. The game will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which is about 25 minutes by car from Manhattan in New York City.
The New York metropolitan area has a population of nearly 50 million people, making it the largest metropolitan area in America without a team in any major professional league. The last time this region had this many people living within 75 miles of two different teams was in 1995 when there were two NFL franchises in Atlanta and New York.
Although both the Ravens and the Steelers are based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, neither team plays in the Steel City during regular season games. Instead, they travel across the state line into Baltimore or Philadelphia respectively.