Super Bowl XLIV: Super Bowl XLIV will be the 44th annual edition of the Super Bowl in American Professional Football, and the 40th annual championship game of the modern-era National Football League (NFL), after its 1970 merger with the American Football League (AFL, 1960-1969).
Where: Sun Life Stadium (previously known as Joe Robbie Stadium, Pro Player Park, Pro Player Stadium, Dolphins Stadium, Dolphin Stadium, and Land Shark Stadium), in Miami Gardens, Florida, a Miami suburb.
On January 18, 2010, The Miami Dolphins signed a five-year deal with Sun Life financial to rename this stadium to Sun Life Stadium. The deal is worth $7.5 million per year.
This is the 10th Super Bowl played in Miami and the fifth at this stadium. The other five were at the Orange Bowl. Miami has hosted the big game more than any other city.
There has been a kickoff return for a touchdown in each Super Bowl played at this particular stadium.
When: Kickoff is scheduled at 6:30 PM EST on Sunday, February 7, 2010.
Ticket prices: $1,000, $900, $800, $500.
Note: Umbrellas are out for the big game on Sunday. Also are fireworks, beach balls, flying discs, backpacks, strollers, laser pointers, coolers, bottles and cans, etc.
Attendance: 74,000 seating capacity. To date, 3,347,608 have attended Super Bowl games. The largest crowd was 103,985 at Super Bowl XIV in Pasadena, California.
The weather forecast: According to weather.com, the temperature will be in the 60s and sunny Sunday in Miami. Despite some heavy rain early in the week, the forecast looks like there will be a dry Super Bowl.
The teams: New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts. This is the first time the Saints have ever reached the Super Bowl. It’s the fourth trip for the Colts’ organization, which has won two titles, including its days in Baltimore.
Players’ uniforms: Indianapolis will be the home team and use the South sideline. The Colts have their choice of wearing their colored or white jersey.
Network coverage: By CBS-TV to more than 200 stations throughout the United States. This will be CBS’s 17th Super Bowl broadcast and the network’s biggest day of programming in high definition.
Longtime CBS announcer Jim Nantz will call his second Super Bowl (he called the game in 2007) and Phil Simms will provide analysis (his sixth Super Bowl game and the fourth for CBS). Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcots are the sideline reporters.
About 500 CBS employees will be involved to make sure the game gets broadcast without a snag. Sean McManus runs CBS News and Sports.
CBS Sports will have 50 cameras trained on the action. Six of them will shoot the game in ultra high speed, so viewers will see some replays in super slow motion.
Westwood One Radio to 600 stations within the United States. The Armed Forces Television will also provide broadcast to 175 countries throughout the world.
The game will be distributed internationally by the NFL and NFL International to more than 185 countries and broadcast in 30 different languages.
The 11 most watched television programs of all time are Super Bowls.
Pregame: Carrie Underwood will sing the National Anthem and Queen Latifah will sing "America the Beautiful."
Halftime: To be performed by The Who.
Official time: The scoreboard clock will be official.
Game balls: 120 official NFL game balls are made for the Super Bowl at the world’s only dedicated football factory, located in Ada, Ohio. Each game ball is printed with each team’s name and the official Super Bowl logo.
Officials: There will be seven officials and two alternates appointed by the Commissioner’s office.
- Referee – Scott Green (No. 19)
- Umpire – Undrey Wash (No. 96)
- Head Linesman – John McGrath (No. 5)
- Line Judge – Jeff Seeman (No. 45)
- Field Judge – Rob Vernatchi (No. 75)
- Side Judge – Greg Meyer (No. 78)
- Back Judge – Greg Steed (No. 12)
- Alt. referee – Gene Steratore (No. 114)
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Sudden death: If the game is tied at regulation time 60 minutes, it will continue in sudden death overtime. The team scoring first (by safety, field goal, or touchdown) will win.
Trophy : The winning team receives permanent possession of the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a sterling silver trophy created by Tiffany and Company and presented annually to the winner of the Super Bowl.
The trophy was named after the late coach Vince Lombardi of the two-time Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers before the 1971 Super Bowl.
The trophy is a regulation silver football mounted in a kicking position on a pyramid-like stand of three concave sides.
The trophy stands 20¾-inches tall, weighs 6.7 pounds and is valued more than $25,000.
The words "Vince Lombardi" and "Super Bowl XLIIV" are engraved on the base along with the NFL shield.
Players’ share: Winners: $83,000 per man. Losers: $42,000 per man.
Colts-Saints series history: Series tied 5-5
- 1967 — COLTS 30, Saints 10
- 1969 — Colts 30, SAINTS 10
- 1973 — COLTS 14, Saints 10
- 1986 — Saints 17, COLTS 14
- 1989 — SAINTS 41, Colts 6
- 1995 — SAINTS 17, Colts 14
- 1998 — Saints 19, COLTS 13, OT
- 2001 — SAINTS 34, Colts 20
- 2003 — Colts 55, SAINTS 21
- 2007 — COLTS 41, Saints 10
Note: Indianapolis franchise played in Baltimore prior to 1984.
Winners: The NFC leads the series 22-21 all time against the AFC.
No team has won more than three Super Bowls in a row.
Future Super Bowl Sites:
- 2011 — Feb. 6, Arlington, Texas
- 2012 — Feb. 5, Indianapolis, Indiana
- 2013 — Feb. 3, New Orleans, Louisiana
Sources: CNN, Google News, NFL.com, Sports Illustrated, weather.com, Wikipedia
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