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With the annual Super Bowl tournament approaching once more, fans are anticipating yet another cutthroat competition, entertaining halftime show, homemade game day food and conversation-starting commercials. Although this is a yearly tradition that most of America and multiple other countries partake in watching, a lot of individuals do not know the history of the Super Bowl.

How Was the Super Bowl Formed?

Despite the NFL’s formation in 1920, the first Super Bowl did not become an event until 1967. Leading up to this game, there was a bit of rivalry between the NFL and the AFL (American Football League), which was formed in 1960. Football fanatics may recognize this latter name, as this league was formed by businessmen who wanted to own football franchises but were not welcomed into the NFL. During the next five-plus years, these two leagues fought for fans’ support and loyalty until finally coming to an agreement in 1966, which promised to merge the two leagues together by 1970. 

It was in 1967, a year after reaching this agreement, that the first Super Bowl was played. Originally titled the “AFL-NFL World Championship Game,” the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers went head-to-head in this competition that the whole nation awaited. Later on, the Chiefs owner coined the term “Super Bowl” for the game, which it has been referred to as ever since.

What Was the Outcome of the First Super Bowl?

Despite the AFL’s best efforts to prove themselves in this competition, the NFL’s Green Bay Packers went home with the winning title of the first-ever Super Bowl, beating them 35-10. 

One might have thought that this monumental game would have had a sold-out stadium, but it actually stands alone as the only Super Bowl not to be sold out. However, after 61,000 fans tuned in to watch this competition on television, it became clear that this sporting event was not to be missed. Ever since then, stadiums have been selling out, and prices have been increasing. The first tickets to the Super Bowl averaged about $12. Nowadays, this price wouldn’t even cover one’s parking. The cheapest ticket one can find in 2022 is around $5,400, making this sporting event accessible only to those with hefty bank accounts, with the exception of healthcare workers being granted free tickets to Super Bowl LV.

Given the amount of football hype in the United States, it is predicted that the annual Super Bowl will only continue to become an even bigger event, although it is mind-boggling to imagine it becoming an even bigger deal than it already is.