Whether you’re a devotee of the team who is personified by the “hooded one” or are rooting for Coughlin’s corps when the Patriots and Giants battle it out on the sport’s biggest stage, Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, the Big Game is a tremendous draw around the world.
A delicious number of story angles are at play here: How will Eli Manning do in the city his brother put on the football map? Will Amherst native Rob Gronkowski continue his stellar play or will he be hobbled by his ankle injury? Will Tom Brady take more cheap shots at Buffalo hotels? Which team do Bills’ fans hate most?
No doubt preparation is vital for the Super Bowl. Sure, we’re talking pigskin pointers but what about the game plan for the menu? Feel free to chow down as you ponder the following fun food facts:
- The Super Bowl is the second largest day of food consumption in the U.S. The first? Thanksgiving comes out on top.
- On game day, the Anchor Bar will sell two tons of wings.
- If you add up all the guacamole made for Sunday’s game, it would fill Lucas Oil Stadium from end zone to end zone.
- Chips are the second most eaten food; vegetables are #1!
- The average Super Bowl viewer will consume 1,200 calories that day alone.
- Antacid sales jump as high as 20% the Monday after the game.
Locally, the Super Bowl is a super seller for area pizzerias. Charlie Muscarella, who owns a restaurant bearing his name on Main St. in Williamsville, said it’s all hands on deck. Cheese and pepperoni pies are Muscarella’s biggest seller followed by boneless wings. In the business for 15 years, Charlie says the day is hectic for his entire staff but the pizzeria runs smoothly because most customers are savvy enough to pre-order. Thanks to the brisk business, Charlie has never been home in time to watch the actual game!
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