Now in its 47th edition, the Super Bowl has become such a grand spectacle that most football fans–and even some non-fans–consider the game to be a national holiday. And since many Americans consider it to be on par with Thanksgiving (also a football day in many households), they also treat it as such, which means preparation. Food, company seating, and even the angle of the television all has to be accounted for before kickoff. So, naturally fans need to know exactly how and when to get ready for the sports’ biggest day and we’re here to help you out. Here are a few facts about the game and tips on how you can have the perfect Super Bowl.
Super Bowl XLVII – San Francisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens
When: Sunday February 3, 2013 at 6:30 Eastern Time on on CBS
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Other Broadcast Options: CBS, Fox and NBC Sports Radio (check local affiliates), NFL.com for live updates and analysis.
Other Things You Should Know: The game never starts at the kickoff time listed. It never have and it never will, but since you will likely have guests arriving early, make sure to throw it on and watch all the pregame festivities, including the player introductions, the coin toss and the National Anthem, which will be performed by Alicia Keys this year. Also make sure to keep the game on during halftime, as many of your guests will probably want to watch Beyonce take the stage for the Pepsi Halftime Show.
How to Throw a Proper Super Bowl Bash
Like with any legitimate holiday, the Super Bowl has its own beloved and respected traditions. Of course, you don’t have to partake in them, but if you want to do it right, follow this tried and true recipe for Super Bowl party success.
Food: Wings are the most well-known and cherished Super Bowl food item, but really any finger-food that isn’t much of a hassle will be appreciated. Mozzarella sticks, chips and dip and mini-sliders are all winners. But be sure to have a little variety, especially if you are having folks over. Provide something with a little spice, as well as some milder items for the less-adventurous. Keep it easy on yourself and keep it fun.
Beverage: Variety is also the name of the game when it comes to drinks. If you have a good mix of guests, try to have a little of everything. Water, soda, wine and of course beer, and plenty of it. Beer and football go together like…well…beer and football. It’s the perfect analogy for itself because it’s such a perfect match. Just make sure you have some choices. Some football fans only drink the domestics, while others like imports and microbrews. Just remember, the more the better!
Seating: Obviously, you should have a general idea of how many people will be coming over and plan your seating arrangement accordingly, but you’ll also want to think about seating in other areas, not just in front of the TV. Who will actually be watching the game? Inevitably, you will have some guests that would rather chit-chat and you’ll want to set up a spot for them where they can see the action if they want, but so that they can also carry on a conversation away from the noise.
Commercials: Those same guests–who aren’t interested in the game–will likely be the people who are very interested in the commercials. Some of us use the commercial breaks as a time to use the restroom, refill beverages and stock up on more snacks, but be aware and respect those who want to watch the commercials. For them, this is one of the big draws to the Super Bowl.
Sportsmanship: Depending on where you live and which teams are playing, your party is likely to be a house divided with some fans cheering for one team and some for the other. This always creates friendly rivalries, but remember to keep things fun and keep things civil if you want people to come back next year. Although the Super Bowl is the most important game of the year, it is still a game.