Super Bowl Weekend is upon us. Conversations all week have been about football. With all of the hype surrounding the game, you may find yourself in a bit of culture shock, asking “Just what is all of the fuss about?”
The Super Bowl is a huge part of American culture, but to someone who is new to this country, the attention placed on the Super Bowl can be a bit overwhelming.
Here is some background on what makes the weekend so special:
As the championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the premier American football league in the world, the Super Bowl is the largest, most-watched spectacle in American sports.
According to Nielsen, in 2014, Super Bowl 48 was viewed on television by 111.5 million people and more than 82,000 people were in the stands. Twitter lit up, as 25.3 million tweets were sent about the game.
The game itself is exciting, but much of the thrill for Americans comes from events surrounding the play on the field.
As you may have already experienced, the week leading up to the Super Bowl is filled with conversation and predictions about the game. You would be hard-pressed to find a sports channel not focused it.
The sports media hosts “media sessions” throughout the week where players will talk about the game, their opponents and anything else relevant to the championship. Many NFL players dream of playing in a Super Bowl from the time they are children, and want nothing more than to win the prize they’ve focused on their entire lives.
As for the fans, many American families will host friends and families in their homes and watch the game with company. These Super Bowl parties typically involve “grilling out,” where families will fire up the grill and cook hamburgers and hot dogs. The game presents an opportunity for fans to reconnect with old friends to watch football and enjoy American food.
Not a football fan? Don’t worry! Many folks who aren’t avid football fans attend Super Bowl parties for the company, food and fun.
Hopefully you have a better understanding about the big game, and why it is such a huge tradition in American culture. If you still have questions, talk to your host family. They would be glad to answer your questions!
Super Bowl XLIX
Who: The Seattle Seahawks vs. The New England Patriots
When: Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The game is played in Glendale, Arizona, but can be watched on NBC.