The Super Bowl: By The Numbers

You usually see this kind of list for Oktoberfest; how much beer, how many sausages, etc. But Tree Hugger put together a list of what’s consumed during the Super Bowl: By the Numbers: Super Bowl Facts and Figures. The statistics are from 2010’s big game, but I feel confident they’re close enough. Here’s the most important numbers, about the beer.

  • 325.5 million: Gallons of beer drank by Americans that day.
  • 493: Number of Olympic-sized swimming pools that could be filled with all that beer.

A few more:

  • $5.6 billion: Amount consumers will spend on Super Bowl related items.
  • 1 billion: Number of chicken wings consumed on Super Bowl Sunday.
  • 194 million: Approximate number of blades of grass on the football field.
  • 151.6 million: Number of people who will watch at least part of the game.
  • 28 million: Pounds of potato chips consumed.
  • 293,000: Number of miles of potato chips, laid end to end, consumed during the game.
  • 232: Number of countries and territories in which the game will be broadcast.
  • 34: Number of languages the game is broadcast in.
  • 1: Number of languages in which the word “football” doesn’t mean “soccer.”

Check out the rest of the list on Tree Hugger.


  1. Craig H says

    325.5 million gallons of beer, by Americans, in one day? Jay, you’re more of a numbers guy than me but that sounds like 10 12-oz. bottles each for every single person in the US. Or did I do the math wrong?

  2. says

    “325.5 million: Gallons of beer drank by Americans that day.”

    Doesn’t that equal over ten 12 oz. bottles of beer for every man, woman and child in the country? Or if only the 151 million watching the game are drinking, close to a case of beer for every viewer.

    And, at over 10 million barrels, 5% of all the beer sold in the US all year long is consumed in one day?

    Don’t know anything about football, have never seen a Superbowl or been to a party or a bar during one (and it sounds like I never want to be at one), but that seems somewhat “over-estimated” to me.

    • says

      Looks like I was hoodwinked by propaganda. It looked like a fun list of what was consumed on Super Bowl Sunday, similar to what you see for Oktoberfest, so I didn’t question the numbers or look at where they came from. But you and Craig make great points, and now having looked at where Tree Hugger got those numbers, I can safely say they’re almost certainly inflated. Look for a mea culpa post shortly.

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