There will be a Super Bowl tomorrow in SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The LA Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals will play each other. For the first time ever, no Super Bowl team in history has played the game at their home stadium. It’s happened two years in a row now. Those are some very unusual times.
As a way to make sure you don’t talk too much at the party, here are the main storylines and stats to get you ready for the big game.
The Super Bowl will start at 6:30pm ET on NBC and Peacock, and it will be shown live. This will be watched by a record 117 million people. That’s about 35% of the US population.
Gambling: This year’s Super Bowl is going to be a betting slam. People in the US can now bet on sports because a lot of states have legalised it in the last year. With $7.6 billion expected to be bet legally on the Super Bowl this year, some people think that the legalisation of gambling could change the way people think about their teams and sports in general. The Simpsons, of course, saw this coming.
Commercials: When talking about sports betting, there will be a lot of ads from gambling companies trying to get new customers, as well as ads for crypto, electric cars, and upcoming movies. There have already been a lot of TV ads out.
Super Bowl halftime show: This is a first in Super Bowl history: Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are from California, and so are Kendrick Lamar and Eminem. Mary J. Blige is from New York City. There are a lot of people who think “California Love” will be the first song played.
Grub: Food prices in the US rose 7% annually in January, the highest rate since 1981. This means that the Super Bowl’s three most important foods, wings, guacamole, and beer, will all cost more this year. But don’t expect too much trouble when you go to pay: The rise comes out to pennies on the dollar for most people. Plus, thighs are better than wings.