NFL Football: guide to the 55th Super Bowl between Kansas City and Tampa Bay

On February 7, Tampa will host the NFL title game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. History, numbers and curiosities about the main event of American sports

Massimo Orani

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On Sunday, February 7, half an hour after midnight in Italy, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will meet for the NFL title in Super Bowl number 55.

For fans the most important day of the year, for a multitude of occasional fans, in any case an unmissable event. So just for the benefit of those who do not follow football as a religion, here is a manual that may be helpful.

Why is it called the Super Bowl?

The term Bowl is commonly used for late-season college football games. In the NFL, the origin comes from an idea by Lamar Hunt, historic owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, who suggested to then-commissioner Pete Rozelle to call the first game between the winner of the American Football League and the National Football League Super Bowl. Football, at that time two separate leagues. “I saw my kids playing with a Super Ball (what we call the magic ball, ed) and I jokingly decided to give the game that name.” And he added in a letter to Rozelle: “Of course we can work on it and improve it.” Something that has never happened.

Why are the different editions identified with Roman numerals?

Here too the idea was from Lamar Hunt, but it was only used for issue number 5, therefore V. The only year it was not used was during Super Bowl 50, since the L in the USA stands for Loss, or defeat. . . Or even loser.

Where was the first Super Bowl held?

Kansas City and Green Bay – whose reissue we play this year – competed at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 15, 1967, consolidating the Packers with a score of 35-10.

Has a team ever played a Super Bowl at home?

The Tampa Bay Bucs will be the first in history to do so on February 7. Even if it is in front of a small audience, with only 22,000 tickets due to Covid. The Los Angeles Rams in January 1980 played it in LA, specifically in the municipality of Pasadena, which is part of the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, but in the Rose Bowl, not in the Coliseum that was their home during the season.

Which city has hosted the most Super Bowls?

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

Where will the next ones be played?

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

How is the place chosen?

The city that intends to organize a Super Bowl presents its candidacy to the league, which decides on the transfer with an advance that goes from 3 to 5 years. There are specific criteria that must be respected, from the weather (the only one outdoors in a cold city was the one played in New York in 2014), to hotel capacity, including the system itself, which must be large enough and modern.

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

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

Who has won the most Super Bowls?

The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers lead with 6 each. Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers follow with 5.

Is there a team that has 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 transfer of the old franchise to Baltimore dates back to ’99) and Jacksonville Jaguars (1993) .

Who has played more Super Bowls?

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

Who has achieved it several times without ever winning it?

The Buffalo Bills have played 4 Super Bowls, also in a row -between ’91 and ’94- always coming out defeated. The Minnesota Vikings are also 0-4. Patriots and Broncos are the ones that have lost the most, 5.

How do you buy a ticket for the SB?

It is virtually impossible to buy except on the secondary market (this year, with very limited 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. So put several sponsors on it and there are very few left for the public. Once you could try your luck by entering a lottery that gave the lucky few the chance to buy two tickets at the “regular” price, which has now risen to $750, regardless of location in the plant, now that too has been abolished. The NFL sells some that are part of a package that includes flights and hotels. Going to Tampa on February 7 (not counting the problems related to Covid) would cost you about 7,500 euros according to the official website nflonlocation.com. Do you want to save? In the secondary market in the last row in the corner of the end zone in the upper ring a ticket with “only” 5400 euros comes out…

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