The guys at Ask Men are promoting some interesting things that you probably didn’t kn0w about the big game next Sunday in Tampa. Here they are with a link below to read the final two reasons:
From its humble beginnings, the Super Bowl has exploded to become the biggest annual event on the pro sports calendar. Over the past few decades, the Super Bowl has turned into much more than just a game — fans and media from across the globe flock to the game’s host city each year for a full week of festivities leading up to kickoff. This year, the NFC and AFC champions will meet in Tampa Bay on February 1st. That said, here are five things you didn’t know about Super Bowl XLIII.
1- It’s recession-proof
In the months leading up to Super Bowl XLIII, there has been much talk about large corporations backing out of spending millions of dollars on Super Bowl commercials due to the economic climate. This isn’t the case for all businesses, however. The popular ads shown during the big game come in just 30-second snippets, but are always popular due to the number of viewers taking in the game. NBC is selling approximately 67 time slots at up to $3 million each, depending on when in the broadcast the commercial is aired. Major companies not advertising this year include General Motors and FedEx, but Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch, Monster.com, General Electric, and GoDaddy.com are all on board.
2- It will be good for the environment
The NFL might not be seen as a champion of the environment, but through the league’s environmental program, more than 1,000 trees were planted around Tampa in December. This is the fifth year the league has planted trees in urban locations leading up to the game. Additionally, the league and host committee are working together to develop strategies to reduce the environmental impact of the game. Key among these initiatives will be using renewable energy to power Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium on game day through a combination of solar power and energy generated from burning wood waste. The power will come from solar panels in Tampa and a biomass plant in South Florida.
3- It’s the second time a pirate ship will be featured
Though Super Bowl XLIII won’t be the first title game played in Tampa Bay, it’ll be just the second at the modern Raymond James Stadium, one of the most impressive venues in the NFL. The home of the Buccaneers features a 103-foot pirate ship in one end zone, equipped with cannons that fire confetti and foam footballs every time the home team scores. Super Bowl XLIII will mark the fourth time Tampa Bay has hosted the game, and the second since 2001. The city was also the site for championship games in 1984 and 1991. Only New Orleans (with nine), Miami (with eight) and Pasadena (with seven) have held more title games.
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