Everything you wanted to know about Super Bowl 2021

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Everything you wanted to know about Super Bowl 2021

On February 7 in Tampa the NFL title will be awarded in the challenge between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. History, numbers and trivia on the main event of the U.S. sports. Welcome to the

Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, site of the upcoming Super Bowl. Afp

Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, site of the upcoming Super Bowl. Afp

On Sunday, February 7, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will compete for the NFL title in Super Bowl #55.

For fans, the most important day of the year, for a multitude of casual fans, however, an appointment not to be missed. And so – just for the benefit of those who perhaps do not follow football as a religion, here is a vademecum that may be useful.

Why is it called a Super Bowl?

The term Bowl is usually used for the end-of-season college football challenges. In the NFL the origin comes from an idea of Lamar Hunt, historical owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, who suggested to the then commissioner Pete Rozelle to call Super Bowl the first challenge between the winner of the American Football League and the winner of the National Footbal League, at that time two separate leagues. “I saw my children playing with a Super Ball and jokingly decided to name the game that way,” he said. And he added in a letter to Rozelle, “Clearly we can work on it and improve it.” Something that never happened.

Why are the various editions identified with Roman numerals?

Again, the idea came from Lamar Hunt, but it was used only from edition number 5, that is V. The only year in which it was not used was on the occasion of the 50th Super Bowl, since the L in the U.S. stands for Loss, or defeat. Or even losing.

Where was the first Super Bowl held?

Kansas City and Green Bay – whose re-edition we have touched this year -, challenged each other at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 15, 1967, with the Packers winning with a score of 35-10.

Packers-Chiefs at the Los Angeles Coliseum in the first Super Bowl ever played. Afp

Packers-Chiefs at the Los Angeles Coliseum in the first Super Bowl ever played. Afp

Has a team ever played a Super Bowl at home?

The Tampa Bay Bucs will be the first in history to do so on Feb. 7. Albeit in front of a small crowd, with only 22,000 in attendance because of Covid. The Los Angeles Rams in January 1980 played it in L.A., to be precise in Pasadena Township, part of the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, but at the Rose Bowl, not the Coliseum which was their home during the season.

Which city has hosted the most Super Bowls?

Miami leads with 11 (6 at the Dolphins' current facility, 5 at the old Orange Bowl), followed by New Orleans with 10 (3 at Tulane Stadium and 7 at the Superdome), Los Angeles with 7 (5 at the Rose Bowl and 2 at the Coliseum) and Tampa, which will be home for the fifth time on Feb. 7.

Where will the next ones be played?

In February 2022 it will be the turn of Los Angeles' new facility, SoFi Stadium, home of the Rams and Chargers. In 2023 it will be the turn of Glendale, Arizona, while in 2024 it will be back to New Orleans.

SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, home of the Super Bowl in 2022. Afp

SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, home of the Super Bowl in 2022. Afp

How is the venue chosen?

The city that intends to organize a Super Bowl submits its candidacy to the league, which with an advance that goes from 3 to 5 years decides the assignment. There are precise criteria that must be met, from the climate (the only outdoor one in a cold city was the one played in New York in 2014), to the hotel capacity, to the facility itself, which must be large enough and modern enough.

What is the name of the trophy that goes to the winning team?

The Lombardi Trophy, named after Vince Lombardi, legendary coach of the Packers. It's packaged by Tiffany's, is made of sterling silver, stands 56 cm tall and weighs 3.2 kg. It was born from a design made on a paper napkin made by Rozelle and Tiffany's vice president, Oscar Riedner, during an aperitif. Would you like one too? With about 350 euros you can buy a copy online. Obviously not official.

The Vince Lombardy Trophy

The Vince Lombardy Trophy

Who has won the most Super Bowls?

New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers lead the way with 6 apiece. They are followed by the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers with 5.

Are there any teams that have never played it?

Yes and there are 4: Detroit Lions (born in 1930), Houston Texans (1999), Cleveland Browns (1944, although the current “version” after the move of the old franchise to Baltimore dates back to '99) and Jacksonville Jaguars (1993).

Who boasts the most Super Bowls played?

New England with 11, followed by Pittsburgh and Dallas with 8 and San Francisco with 7.

Who has gotten there the most times without ever winning it?

The Buffalo Bills have played 4 Super Bowls, and even more consecutively – between '91 and '94 – always coming out defeated. The Minnesota Vikings also have a 0-4 record. The Patriots and Broncos have lost the most, 5.

How do you buy a ticket to the Super Bowl 2021 ?

It's practically impossible to buy except on the secondary market (this year, with the very low availability, prices are skyrocketing). The NFL distributes a certain number to each of the 32 teams, with 35% going to each of the two participants. Add in various sponsors and the public is left with very few. Once upon a time you could try your luck by participating in a lottery that gave the few lucky winners the chance to buy two coupons at the “normal” price, which has now risen to $750, regardless of the location in the facility; now that too has been abolished. The NFL is selling some that are part of a package that includes flights and hotels. Going to Tampa on February 7, would cost you about $7500 according to the official site nflonlocation.com.

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