Katie White ‘20, Managing/Copy Editor
On Feb. 2, about 103.4 million people will gather in front of their televisions with friends and family to watch the 54th annual Superbowl. The 2020 Superbowl will take place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, though what teams will be playing is still unknown as of press time on Jan. 16. With exciting halftime performances from Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, and the guarantee of hilarious commercials, South Lyon students are excited to tune in to Superbowl LIV.
For some, it is all about the food. Superbowl parties are common and are the perfect opportunity for friends and family to crowd together to cheer for their favorite teams while stuffing their face with chips and dip or chicken wings. An estimated number of 28 million pounds of chips, 1.2 billion chicken wings, and over 48 million pizzas will be eaten. “The Superbowl is a great time to have fun with family and friends and enjoy a good meal,” senior Jack Schafer said.
Everyone is familiar with the multi-million dollar Superbowl commercials. They typically cost about five million dollars just for 30 seconds of airtime. Senior Nate McMaster said, “I honestly think it’s ridiculous that they pay that much for a commercial.” Nevertheless, about twenty percent of people tune into the game just to watch the iconic commercials. This year, however, Fox plans to cut the amount of commercial breaks each quarter from five to four, which is good news for the football fans.
In the past, memorable halftime performances have been given by artists such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars. This year, Shakira and Lopez are co-headlining the show. In her excitement, Shakira shared a Tweet that said, “It doesn’t get any bigger than this! So excited about getting on that #SuperBowlLIV #PepsiHalftime stage!” Roughly ten percent of viewers watch the Superbowl just to enjoy the halftime show, including senior Hannah Tucker, who said, “‘Let’s get loud’ at the Superbowl this year,” in reference to Jennifer Lopez’s song.
The Superbowl attracts a wide variety of people; the sports fans, the commercial fans, the music fans, and of course, those who just enjoy being with friends and family while watching an American tradition unfold on their TV.
Photo courtesy of Hollywood Reporter