10 Super Bowl Facts, Plus Where to Watch the Game in Chicago

10 Super Bowl Facts, Plus Where to Watch the Game in Chicago

The end of January means that the days are getting longer, that maybe we’re finally starting to write the proper year on stuff, and that it’s time for the Super Bowl. Our friends in the Bay Area are justifiably excited given that the 49ers are making an appearance, so who better to share some stats about the event than local sports legend Vern Glenn. Here’s his guide to Super Bowl LIV.

Did you know…

  1. This is a record 11th time Miami has hosted the Super Bowl. They broke a tie with New Orleans.
  2. This is the first Super Bowl where both teams have red as its dominant team color.
  3. 49ers Kyle Shanahan and Mike Shanahan are the first father/son to be Super Bowl head coaches of two separate teams. Mike Shanahan led the Denver Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl wins in 1997 and 1998.
  4. The last time the 49ers were in the Super Bowl (2012), the stadium lights went off at halftime, delaying the start of the second half.
  5. Kansas City is ending a 50 year drought of appearing in Super Bowls. The Chiefs won the 4th one, 23-7 over the Minnesota Vikings.
  6. Then Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt insisted on calling the 3rd AFL-NFL Championship game the “Super Bowl” after seeing his children playing with a popular toy at the time, a Super Ball.
  7. The official name of the first two Super Bowls was “The AFL-NFL World Championship.” The first one was played Jan. 15, 1967, between the Green Bay Packers and the Chiefs. The Packers won 35-10.
  8. Average price of the first “Super Bowl” ticket was $12. Today, the face value for Sunday’s game is north of $1,000.
  9. The Chiefs and 49ers get 35 percent of the tickets for players, coaches, and administrators. That is roughly 11,375 tickets. If all 53 players use up their allotment, that’s 795 tickets out of circulation.
  10. According to 2019 postseason guidelines, each player on the winning 2020 Super Bowl team will receive $124,000.

Looking to watch the game locally?

Bars and restaurants, including the following establishments, will be showing the game. Know about ones that we don’t? Let us know!


Watch the game while enjoying a $25 Game Day Platter with nachos, bone-in wings, buffalo rolls, and pretzel bites (3 p.m. to the end of the game). Drink specials include $25 Miller Lite & Coors Light buckets, $6 Jack Daniels Lowballs, and $5 Jamo shots.

Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern

Located outside Wrigley Field, this tavern will offer a $15 buffet with pizza, wings, a taco bar, and more from 4:30 p.m. to the end of the game. Additional specials include $6 wings, $8 nachos and potato twists, $10 mini sliders and fries, and $18 Budweiser and Bud Light buckets.


Cheer on your pick while enjoying $15 beer buckets and half-off nachos and quesadillas.


With more than 40 TVs, you won’t miss any of the action at Highline, which will offer a $15 tailgate buffet, $6 stadium cups, and $5 Jameson and Fireball shots from 3-9 p.m.

Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap

The TODAY Show named this the “top chicken wing spot in the U.S.,” so you know it’s a must-visit on game day. And if you’d rather watch at home, Jake Melnick’s is offering a Super Bowl Carry Out Special: pick up your order by 3 p.m. on Feb. 2 and you’ll receive a $50 gift card.


Starting at 5:30 p.m., the World’s Largest Rooftop Bar will offer $35 bottomless mimosas, $20/person bottomless wings, $10 beef brisket nachos, and $10 mixed buckets. The game will also be shown on a 30 foot projection screen.

ROOF on theWit

Catch all the action 27 stories above the city with cocktails, food, large screens, and a state-of-the-art sound system. You can also meet former Chicago Bear Desmond Clark.

The Fifty/50

How could you pass on unlimited wings and beer buckets for only $50?! You can also place your catering order for wings, nachos and more to enjoy at home.

Watching at home?

Try these nine nacho recipes or Secret Ingredient Chili and Brown-Butter Cornbread. You’ll find even more recipe ideas in Better Food & Drink.


A version of this article originally appeared on marinmagazine.com