Super Bowl Facts: Throwing America’s Biggest Party From The Sporting News

Jan 22, 2013 -- 4:05pm

Super Bowl Facts: Throwing America’s Biggest Party From The Sporting News

1 million ... Approximate number of people who will flock to the streets of New Orleans for Mardi Gras season, which Super Bowl XLVII falls smack dab in the middle of this year. Think of two of America's biggest parties being combined into one—that's what Feb. 3 will look like in the Big Easy. (Source:

10 ... That's how many times New Orleans has hosted the Super Bowl, tied for most with Miami. The rest of the top five: Los Angeles (7), Tampa Bay (4) and San Diego (3). When combined, the four cold-weather locations to host the Super Bowl—Detroit, Minneapolis, New York and Indianapolis—would be fourth on the list. Lesson: No one wants to vacation north in February.

$750,000,000 ... Approximate amount of money spent on upgrades to the Superdome since Hurricane Katrina, including a "Champions Square" entertainment space outside that will serve as "Fan Plaza" on Super Bowl Sunday. (Source:

$434,000,000 ... Estimated amount of economic activity the big game is expected to bring to the Big Easy, according to the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. This still pales in comparison to annual Mardi Gras celebrations, which draw five times as many people but can't match the invaluable national exposure of the Super Bowl. (Source:

6,000 ... The minimum number of volunteers needed to make Super Bowl XLVII a success, according to Roles to be filled include greeting visitors at the airport and hotels, supplying directions in the city, handling hospitality at various events, and charity efforts such as building playgrounds and cooking food.

5,000 ... That's at least how many credentialed media members are expected to cover the game between the Ravens and 49ers, representing more than 20 countries and no less than 600 media outlets. (Source:

5,000 ... This is not a repeat: that's how many pounds of hot dogs are expected to be sold during the game. As for how this relates to the 5,000 media members, feel free to draw your own conclusions. (Source:

$200 ... Number of dollars you can expect to pay for parking outside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on game day, as was the case last year at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. This makes Sunday a good day to own a one-acre parking lot close to the field, which could net around $25,000. And yes, you will be double-parked into your spot. (Source: @DarrenRovell, Twitter)

111,300,000 ... Number of U.S. viewers who tuned into last year's game between the Giants and Patriots, making it the most-watched program in television history. It was the third consecutive year the Super Bowl broke that record, which had been held by the series-finale of M.A.S.H. since 1983. (Source: AP)

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