Everything You Need To Know About Super Bowl LVII
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— Updated on 14 February 2023

Everything You Need To Know About Super Bowl LVII

— Updated on 14 February 2023

The Super Bowl is an annual cultural touchstone unlike anything else. From action on the field, multi-million-dollar commercials, to the spectacular halftime performances, there’s something for everyone. It really is no surprise that over 200 million people around the world find themselves tuning in to “The Big Game” every year. And given all we know about Super Bowl LVII (57) so far, it sounds like we’re in for another classic.

At the time of this writing, we’re just days away from the decider. Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs will take on Jalen Hurts’ Philadelphia Eagles in a bid to be crowned 2022-2023 NFL champions.

The cheapest price for a Super Bowl ticket available on TicketIQ is US$4,296 (AU$5,764), with an average price for all tickets currently sitting at US $6,701 (AU $9,660). The most expensive ticket available on ticket marketplace SeatGeek is asking for about US $43,924 (AU $63,338).

Since you’ve clicked on this article, we take it you won’t be one of the people shelling out for your spot at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. That’s alright. We’ll tell you how you can watch it anyway and what you should be looking out for.

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The Kansas City Chiefs & The Philadelphia Eagles

Everything You Need To Know About Super Bowl LVII

With everything else going on around the Super Bowl, the match itself is occasionally overshadowed in the lead-up. Although that shouldn’t be the case here.

For the first time in five years, the top seeds from the AFC and the NFC will compete for the championship. Both teams finished the regular season this year with a 14-3 winning record and are each recent winners of the Lombardi trophy.

The Philadelphia Eagles won their first title in franchise history back in 2018 and the Kansas City Chiefs won their second-ever title (but first in 50 years) two seasons later. Each team has championship pedigree with lofty expectations.

BossBet has the Philadelphia Eagles as slight favourites to win the game, paying $1.82 head-to-head in comparison to the Kansas City Chiefs’ $2.00. Similarly, Eagles quarterback Jaylen Hurts is the current favourite to take home Super Bowl MVP honours at $2.10, with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes narrowly behind him on $2.30.

This marks the first time in history there are two black starting quarterbacks in a Super Bowl, after a long history of being unfairly sidelined. A massive win for the sport, regardless of the result.

There’s plenty of hype and intrigue surrounding the two elite quarterbacks, but it doesn’t stop there. In particular, we’re excited to see the two Aussies competing for the Philadelphia Eagles. The former NRL prospect Jordan Mailata joins the Eagles as an offensive tackle and you’ll find former AFL player Arryn Siposs as the team’s punter.

It’s also worth paying attention to the sibling rivalry we have at the centre of this match. The career arcs of Travis and Jason Kelce have found themselves on opposing ends of the field in football’s biggest game – the first time this has ever happened in NFL history.

This year, everyone on the field has more to play for. Players on the winning side will receive a US$157,000 (AU$226,000) bonus after the game, which is up from the US$150,000 (AU$216,000) the players received last year. Still, it’s a far cry from the Super Bowl bonuses given out in 1978, which amounted to US$18,000 (AU$26,000) or $81,000 (AU$117,000) when adjusted for inflation (via Forbes).

Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show

Of course, for many, the Rihanna-headlined halftime show will be the real drawcard for this year’s event. In 13 minutes, the nine-time Grammy winner is set to encapsulate 17 years’ worth of music in her first show in over five years. The 34-year-old Barbadian singer agreed to the performance only three months after giving birth to her son with A$AP Rocky, citing the importance of representing her Caribbean roots on an international stage as the main reason for taking on the challenge.

“It’s important for representation, it’s important for my son to see that,” said Rihanna.

“That’s a big part of why this is important for me to do this show: representation, representing for immigrants, representing for my country, Barbados, representing for black women everywhere. I think that’s really important. That’s key for people to see the possibilities and I’m honored to be here. I’m honored to be doing this this year.”

This year not only marks a return to the traditional format of a singular act at halftime (good move), but the first halftime show in 10 years not sponsored by Pepsi. Back in September last year, Apple Music was revealed to be the new naming rights sponsor after signing a whopping five-year US$50 million (AU$72.1 million) per-year deal.

In addition, eight-time Grammy-winning country music artist Chris Stapleton has signed on to perform the US national anthem at the beginning of the game.

Where To Watch Super Bowl LVII In Australia

The Super Bowl is traditionally held on Sunday afternoon in the US, meaning it airs live in Australia on a Monday morning given the time difference.

Super Bowl LVII is set to be shown on Channel 7, as well as its sister channel 7mate and on-demand platform 7plus. This coverage will televise the US broadcast of the game, featuring FOX’s Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen calling the game.

The game will also be broadcast as ESPN via Channel 509 on Foxtel or Kayo, which will feature commentary exclusive to Australian and New Zealand audiences by Steve Levy, Dan Orlovsky. and Louis Riddick from inside State Farm Stadium.

Both of these broadcasts will kick off on February 13, 2023 at these times:

  • 10:30 AM AEDT (NSW, VIC, ACT, TAS)
  • 9:30 AM AEST (QLD)
  • 9:00 AM ACST (NT)
  • 10:00 AM ACDT (SA)
  • 7:30 AM AWST (WA)

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