Monday, December 31, 2007

All About Super Bowl XLII

Time has come for the fans of American football to cheer on again. As another Super Bowl competition is approaching, fans are eagerly waiting for another exciting game. Yes, Super Bowl XLII is set to be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on 3 February 2008. The winners of AFC Championship and NFC Championship will face each other in the most prestigious encounter of American football.

The upcoming Super Bowl will be the 42nd Super Bowl competition since its first competition held in 1967, before the merger of NFL-AFL. In 2007, Indianapolis Colts won the Super Bowl XLI with a 29-17 victory over Chicago Bears at the Dolphin Stadium of Miami. Peyton Manning was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of Super Bowl XLI. The winners of AFC and NFC conferences of 2007 will meet in the upcoming Super Bowl XLII.

Popularity of Super Bowl
There is no doubt regarding the immense popularity of a Super Bowl competition. It is like a festival to an American. Super Bowl competition means a lot to the fans of American football. You can realize the popularity of Super Bowl considering the facts given below:

  1. The day Super Bowl match taken place is the second-largest US food consumption day, after Thanksgiving day.
  2. Super Bowl is the most-viewed television program of the year in the US. For instance, 93.2 million viewers watched the last year’s Super Bowl XLI, being the second most-watched Super Bowl competition in the Super Bowl history.
  3. The day is the national holiday in United States.
  4. The one-hour half time of a Super Bowl match is the highest-priced television commercial slot. The price increases every year. Last year, a 30-second spot for television advertisement during the half time of Super Bowl XLI was sold for a record US$2.6 million.
  5. Super Bowl XLI in 2007 was broadcast in 232 countries all over the world. A total of 54 television channels aired the competition in 33 languages.
  6. Nearly half the U.S. population i.e. 144 million viewed the Super Bowl XLI.
  7. In order to experience a Super Bowl match, you need to apply for the ticket from February 1 to June 1 and must be sent it via certified or registered mail. Then by November, you will get to know if you are lucky enough to buy a ticket of the next Super Bowl.

Formation of National Football League (NFL) and Road to Super Bowl
Super Bowl is, in other words, the championship game of NFL Season in United States. National Football League (NFL) has two conferences- American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC). Each of the conferences consists of four four-team divisions, thus including 32 teams in the whole league. The divisions are named with East, West, North and South.

Each of the 32 teams of NFL play 16 matches in the regular season. Each of the teams plays against other teams of that division twice; once in home and another in away. In addition to this six matches, every team in the competition play 10 more matches including four matches against the teams of a particular division of that conference and four more against the teams of a particular division of other conference. Two other matches are assigned by NFL considering the team’s standing in the previous season.

From each of the conferences, six teams enter into the NFL Playoff rounds including four divisional champions and two wildcard teams. The two wild card teams are those who have better record in that conference compared to the other teams, except the four divisional champions of the conference. So, 12 teams get into the NFL Playoff round after the end of the regular season. NFL Playoff round is a knockout stage where only the winning teams progresses to the next round. There are three rounds in NFL Playoff including wildcard round, divisional round and conference championship though which two conference champions are decided who later on take part in the Super Bowl competition.

Super Bowl XLII Venue: The University of Phoenix Stadium
The stadium is situated in Glendale of Arizona State. The multipurpose stadium was officially opened on August 1, 2006. This is the home ground of Arizona Cardinals. Designed by Architect Peter Eisenman, the stadium has all the facilities of modern technologies and its retractable roof increases its appeal to the people. So, the stadium can be used as an indoor ground in summer in order to keep the inside environment cool with air condition system and in winter, the stadium is used as an open ground that helps to keep the inside warm.

The naming right of the stadium is acquired by the University of Phoenix. The stadium has 63,400 seating capacity which can be expanded up to 73,000 for the big tournaments like Super Bowl. The grass field of the stadium remains outside of the stadium and the grass field can be brought in to the main stadium. The total area of the stadium occupies 25 acres in which the playing ground belongs to 2 acres. This $455 million project obviously deserves to become one of the most expensive stadiums in the world. According to Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily, this stadium has been voted as “Best NFL Facility.” Business Week named the stadium one of the top ten stadiums in the world.

The Half Time Show of Super Bowl XLII
Half time show of Super Bowl is one of the most popular cultural programs in the U.S. Popular singers perform in the half time show and its pre-game ceremonies. The same thing is going to happen in the upcoming Super Bowl XLII as well. Produced and directed by White Cherry Entertainment and Don Mischer Productions, the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLII half time show will feature some of the popular faces of the music arena in the U.S. The naming right of the Half Time Show of Super Bowl XLII is acquired by Bridgestone.

Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Prince, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform in the upcoming Super Bowl XLII at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. The show will be telecast on Fox Sports. All of the bands and singers are popular and well known throughout the world. So, if you could manage a ticket of Super Bowl XLII then you are lucky enough to experience not only a mind blowing match but also an unique live concert.


Super Bowl entry in Wikipedia

National Football League entry in Wikipedia

Official Website of Super Bowl XLII

Official Website of NFL

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