The Super Bowl XLVII logo at the media center in the Convention Center. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

Super Bowl Sunday 2013: Start Time, Facts, and Figures


Super Bowl XLVII will take place at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA on Sunday, February 3. Kickoff between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.

Here’s quick run down of the big game by the numbers.

  • This is the 10th time that New Orleans has hosted a Super Bowl with it being played in the Superdome seven times. Only South Florida has hosted as many Super Bowls.
  • The Mercedes-Benz Superdome has a seating capacity of 76,468. The largest crowd to ever attend a Super Bowl was 103,985 at the 14th Super Bowl at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. Over 3.5 million people have attended the Super Bowl since the game’s inception.
  • The league office gets 25.2% of the Super Bowl tickets. The AFC and NFC Champions each receive 17.5% of the tickets. The other 29 teams receive 34.8% of the tickets, and the host team receives 5% of the tickets.
  • CBS will cover the game, which is the 18th time that the network has had the rights to the game.
  • Last year’s Super Bowl was watched by 159.2 million viewers in the United States.
  • Last year’s Super Bowl had a record 5,156 accredited journalists covering Super Bowl related events.
  • The NFL and NFL International will distribute the game to more than 185 countries and broadcast in 30 different languages.
  • Winners of the game will receive $88,000 per man. Losers of the game receive $44,000 per man. A player on a division winner participating in the Wild Card round and winning the Super Bowl will receive a total of $172,000. A player on a Wild Card team which wins the Super Bowl will receive a total of $170,000.
  • The San Francisco 49ers are the home team, and will have the choice of wearing its colored or white jersey.
  • There will be seven officials and five alternates as appointed by the league’s office.
  • If overtime should need to come into play, the captain of the NFC team will call the toss. There will be a three-minute intermission after the end of regulation, and play will continue. Should more than one overtime be needed, there will be a two-minute intermission between each overtime. Teams will change goals between each period, and there will be a two-minute warning at the end of each 15-minute overtime.
  • In overtime, each team will have the opportunity to possess the ball at least once, unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on its first possession. If the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a field goal on its first possession, the other team will have an opportunity. If that team scores a touchdown on its first possession, then the game is over. If there’s a tie score after both teams have possession, the team that scores next (touchdown or field goal), will be the winner.
  • Winners receive permanent possession of the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The trophy is made of sterling silver by Tiffany & Company. The trophy is a regulation-size silver football, stands 20 3/4 inches tall, and weighs 6.7 pounds. It’s valued at more than $25,000.
  • The 2014 Super Bowl will be played in New York/New Jersey (Feb 2., 2014), while the 2015 Super Bowl (Feb. 1, 2015) will be played in Arizona.

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