In a few weeks, well over 100 million Americans will spend well over 10 billion dollars on food, drink, merchandise, and more in preparation for Super Bowl 50. In the host city of San Francisco alone, more than 1 million people will participate in Super Bowl Week events. Commercial advertisers will spend far more money per second than the average American family earns in a year. World-famous entertainers will take the stage. Tiffany & Co. will unveil the 33-pound, 18 karat gold-plated trophy it constructed for the winning team. And, finally, 60 minutes of football will be played.
When the first Super Bowl was played, in 1967, it had far more to do with those 60 minutes and less to do with everything else. These astounding Super Bowl I facts and rare images reveal how unbelievably different things were just a few decades ago.
Next, check out this mind-blowing look at what you're actually watching during an average football broadcast. And if football is completely foreign to you, learn the basics with this video primer.