By Jerry Del Priore
It’s approaching that time of year again, when die-hard football fans and casual ones alike, tune into the biggest football game of the year: the Super Bowl.
The year’s big game, Super Bowl LIII will pit the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots against each other in Atlanta, Georgia.
Brady and Belichick are the first head coach-quarterback duo to have nine Super Bowl appearances. Can the great tandem of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick win their sixth together?
Office box pools will be set up everywhere there’s a water cooler, insanely large heroes will be ordered by the masses, and beers and chicken wings will be devoured by hungry football fans everywhere.
To take a closer look at the nuisances of the big contest, the personal-finance website WalletHub this week released its Super Bowl LIII By The Numbers infographic together with its report on 2019’s Best & Worst Cities for Football Fans as well as accompanying videos.
To determine the best places for loving on America’s favorite sport, WalletHub compared more than 240 U.S. cities with at least one college or professional football team based on 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from number of NFL and college football teams to average ticket prices.
Take a look at some of the most interesting facts tied to the Super Bowl.
Best Cities for Football Fans
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, comes in at number one as the best city for football fans on the list, followed by Boston, Massachusetts, Green Bay, Wisconsin, Dallas, Texas, and New York, New York.
The average cost of a ticket to the past five Super Bowls: $5,145. Who has that kind of scratch? I guess little Timmy won’t be going to a private college in the future. Community college is just fine, right?
The average cost for a 30-second commercial during Super Bowl LIII (up 96% since 2008) is $5.24 million.
I guess I can pay $3.00 bucks for a small bag of Doritos? Hey, is Bud Light ever going to bring back that ever-loving, party pooch Spuds MacKenzie?
Snacks and Other Goodies
1.38 billion chicken wings will be eaten during the Super Bowl weekend, plus at least 14,500 tons of chips, eight million pounds of guacamole and 10 million pounds of ribs.
Please pass the Pepto-Bismol.
Super Bowl Fan Pipe Dreams
One in two people would sacrifice their vacation days for one year to watch their team win the Super Bowl. More than one in three fans would give up their annual bonus.
I may have to do this if I ever want to see my New York Jets win the Super Bowl during my lifetime. Well, at least I wouldn’t have to give up my annual bonus since I don’t get one.
To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-football-fans/9691/