Let the Super Bowl party begin

John Turner
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It’s Super Bowl Sunday and there will sure be many local parties.

Regardless if you are a die-hard fan, enjoy watching the big game with friends. The Freak was very close to heading to Dallas for the Super Bowl in a local contest, but missed out by being the third-last ticket drawn. What a trip it would have been!

However, not all is lost as 40 of us will put on our favourite jerseys and head to the Frankie Dome for the sixth annual Super Bowl of Poker, and watch the game following the tournament.

The plans for that diet will be thrown out the window for this day, and you can be guaranteed lots of food and drink will be consumed. The crew at Frankie’s will definitely help some of these intriguing Super Bowl Sunday party facts:

- Game will be broadcast in 200 countries and 33 languages.

- Last year’s game drew a record U.S. television audience of 106.5 million.

- $10.1 billion will be spent on Super Bowl-related merchandise, apparel and snacks - an average of $59.33 a consumer.

- Football fans are expected to eat 69.6 million pounds of avocados during the game. That’s enough to cover the field at Cowboys Stadium in 27 feet of avocados.

- Dips and spreads are the top party favourites at 30 per cent, chicken wings at 22 per cent, pizza at 17 per cent, chips and salty snacks at 14 per cent and burgers, hot dogs and brats at nine per cent.

"Regardless if you are a die-hard fan, enjoy watching the big game with friends." John Turner

- Seven million people won’t show up for work on Monday.

- 325 million gallons of beverages will be drank.

- 20 per cent increase in antacid sales on Monday.

- NFL football remains the favourite sport among Americans at 31 per cent, followed by baseball at 17 per cent.

- $612-million economic spinoff for Dallas, with 147,000 visitors, 24,000 hotel rooms booked, 4,600 media and 600 private jet trips.

- 51 per cent polled tuned in more to watch the commercials than the game.

- 45 minutes worth of commercials.

- 10-million man hours are spent in planning all the parties.

- 20 million people will attend a party.

John Turner is a Summerside schoolteacher. His column appears every Saturday during the NFL season. Feel free to

e-mail questions and comments to the footballfreak84@yahoo.ca.

Geographic location: Dallas, U.S., Cowboys Stadium Summerside

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