Tuesday 24 April 2018

Super Bowl XLVIII facts – The most expensive stadium ever and $4 million for 30 second ads

The NFL logo at midfield of MetLife Stadium is illuminated by lights on television reporters' videocameras as members of the media are given a tour under a tarp used by crews to keep the turf dry ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII
The NFL logo at midfield of MetLife Stadium is illuminated by lights on television reporters' videocameras as members of the media are given a tour under a tarp used by crews to keep the turf dry ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII

DECLAN WHOOLEY

It’s less than two weeks until the top two teams in the NFL meet in New York as the best offense (Denver Broncos) meets the meanest defence (Seattle Seahawks).

Here are some things to know ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII:

Super Bowl XLVIII will take place in the MetLife Stadium in Rutherford New Jersey on February the 2nd. The stadium has a capacity of 82,500 and at a cost of $1.6 billion is the most expensive stadium ever built.

More than 3,000 private security officers will be at their posts at the East Rutherford home of the Jets and Giants as fans file in.

This will be the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold weather environment and also the first to be played on artificial turf.

The half-time show will feature the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Bruno Mars.

The New Jersey State Police will have about 700 troopers on duty, said Col. Rick Fuentes, the agency's superintendent.

Super Bowl XLVIII will be the first NFL championship game to be held in the New York metropolitan area since December 1962.

Denver finished the season 13–3 for the second straight year and have the best offense in the NFL, averaging 457.3 yards per game. They became the first team in NFL history to score 600 points in a season.

The Seahawks finished their season with the same record as the Broncos, 13-3 and enjoyed home-field advantage throughout the play-offs. The Broncos had the best offense in the NFL, averaging 457.3 yards per game

The Broncos will be making their 7th Super Bowl appearance, while Seattle will be making their second Super Bowl appearance.

The NFL will dispense 80,000 tickets for the Super Bowl. The two participating teams get 17.5 percent each. The Jets and Giants, as host teams, get 3.1 percent each. The remaining 28 teams get 1.2 percent each. The league keeps more than 20,000 tickets.

Fox has set the ad rate for a 30-second advertisement at US$4 million.

Eight Omaha companies combined to donate $800 to Bronco’s QB Peyton Manning's "Peyback Foundation" for every time he yelled the city's name during the Broncos' victory over the New England Patriots last night. Just under $25,000 was raised after he made the call 44 times. The fundraiser will take place again for the Super Bowl.

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