Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest events and economic boosters in the United States, attracting 111 million viewers.
For many Americans, huddling in front of the TV on the living room couch or at a sports bar with patrons fashionably wearing their team’s jersey is tradition. Also tradition, is the feast of chicken wings, chips and dip, beer and snacks that accompany it.
Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest food fest in American culture after Thanksgiving. On average, viewers will consume 1,200 calories from snacks while watching the Super Bowl game.
If that’s not enough to make your tummy ache the next morning, check out these statistics by the Calorie Control Council (CCC) and the Snack Food Association.
Americans will eat 30 million pounds of snacks on Super Bowl Sunday.
Those snacks break down to 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 4.3 million pounds of pretzels, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn and 2.5 million pounds of nuts.
Americans will consume 50 million cases of beer on Super Bowl Sunday, according to SaveonBeer.com. The majority of beer, 94 percent, will be Bud Light, Budweiser, Coors Light, Miller Lite or Natural Light.
Viewers will also consume more than 1.23 billion chicken wing during Super Bowl weekend, down 12.3 million wings from last year, according to the National Chicken Council’s 2013 Wing Report. Since chicken producers know demand holds steady year after year, the price of wings goes up in the fourth quarter of the year when restaurants stock up for the Super Bowl, reports World Poultry.
Chicken wings are not the only junk food on the palates of Super Bowl viewers. They will be reaching for pizza, millions of slices of them.
According to PizzaMarketplace.com, two of the largest pizza chains report that on Super Bowl Sunday sales for pizza will skyrocket. Pizza Hut will sell more than two million pizzas or 16 million slices and Domino’s will sell 11 million slices.
That being said, the Monday that follows the Super Bowl is the biggest unofficial holiday of the year, with 1.5 million people calling in sick as a result of the game. And about 4.4 million people will show up late for work on that Monday, according to a 2008 survey by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Inc. The findings show that the Monday following the Super Bowl is a less productive day overall. The majority of people calling in sick are men aged 18 to 34.
A petition to make the Monday following the Super Bowl a national holiday is on its way to the White House. The petition by 4for4.com Fantasy Football already has 9,562 signatures and needs an additional 90,000 to reach Obama’s desk.
The creators of the petition advocate that by declaring the Monday that follows the Super Bowl a holiday, “the Obama Administration can promote camaraderie among the American people, keep the streets safer for our children on Sunday night and Monday morning, promote a productive workplace when work resumes on Tuesday, and honor the most popular event in modern American culture.”
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The 2013 Super Bowl XLVII game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will be on Sunday, Feb. 3 on CBS. The Super Kickoff Show begins at 5 p.m. and the game starts at 6:30 p.m. (ET).