USA: Sin City and the 'Death Star' - Super Bowl LVIII is ahead!

source:; author: Miguel Ciołczyk Garcia

 USA: Sin City and the 'Death Star' - Super Bowl LVIII is ahead! The Super Bowl is an event that cannot be compared to any other national sporting event anywhere in the world. This year's final will also be held on a grand scale, so let's take a look at what America's sporting festivities will be like in just two days.


Nevada hosts NFL final for the first time

Although it's hard to understand why, Nevada has never hosted the Super Bowl final before. This makes the event historic for the state and the host city, Las Vegas. The game will take place at the state-of-the-art Allegiant Stadium, which is nicknamed the Death Star due to its dark appearance.

Built in Paradise at a cost of $2 billion, the venue will accommodate 65,000 spectators in the stands, although it is possible that the capacity will be increased by circa 6 000 seats. To prepare for their arrival, access has been significantly modified - it will not be possible to leave a car in the stadium car park and security measures will be stepped up to prevent any dangerous incidents.

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Who will fight for the title of America's best team?

The winners of the American Football Conference and National Football Conference, the Kansas City Chiefs (AFC) and San Francisco 49ers (NFC), will step on the turf on February 11. The Kansas players are defending the title they won a year ago at State Farm Stadium by beating the Philadelphia Eagles 38:35.

Interestingly, the same teams have already faced each other in 2020 in Super Bowl LIV. The crowd gathered at Hard Rock Stadium witnessed Chiefs’ victory over the Niners by 31:20. This year, however, San Francisco 49ers are the favourites, although the odds are quite equal, thus the match is sure to be an exciting spectacle.

Historically, Kansas City Chiefs have made it to the Super Bowl 5 times, lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy (the Super Bowl winner's trophy) 3 times - in 1970, 2020 and 2023. The San Francisco 49ers have been more successful, losing only two out of 7 finals played. To their disadvantage, however, the last time it was the Chiefs who showed their dominance in 2020.

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Not just sport

The event generates gigantic amounts of money, and the sums increase year by year. Not surprisingly, last year's final was watched by 98 million viewers, generating advertising revenue of $578 million according to Kantar estimates. A 30-second ad this year costs $7m, or about $233,000 per second!

In addition to the sporting event and the business environment, the Super Bowl is quite a treat for viewers thanks to concerts known as half-time shows, which provide additional entertainment for both those present in the stadium and the millions of TV viewers. In previous years, stars such as Rihanna, Snoop Dog, Eminem, Dr Dre, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez have performed during the interval.

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Which stars will grace this year's final?

This year, too, a top-notch cast has been assembled. The US anthem will be sung by the queen of country music Reba McEntire, and the song America is Beautiful will be performed by rapper Post Malone. In turn, singer and actress Andra Day will sing the anthem Lift Every Voice and Sing. Dutch artist Tiësto, who will be the first ever DJ to perform at the Super Bowl, will also perform before the game.

Of course, the biggest hit will be the half-time show, which will feature Usher, R&B performer, eight-time winner of the prestigious Grammy Award and one of the most influential American musicians of the 21st century. On February 9, two days before the concert, he will release his new album Coming Home, which will only add to the appeal of the concert, which is expected to be unlike any other.

The Super Bowl will begin on February 11 at 18:30 PST. This year's event is likely to break the records of the previous one in terms of both viewership and advertising revenue. Above all, however, it will be the most important sport and music event of the year in the US, so keep an eye on what will be happening at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday.

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