The 51st edition of the Super Bowl – or Super Bowl LI – is fast approaching. The teams competing are yet to be decided, but the divisional play-offs are ramping up as American Football fever sweeps the world. The NFL has enjoyed a surge in popularity in the UK over recent years.
Indeed, there have been NFL International Series held at Wembley Stadium, in London, with thousands of fans flocking to the arched stadium from across the UK, including Birmingham. Before the Super Bowl kicks off, though, we have all you need to know below.
What is the Super Bowl?
The showcase of the National Football League. The final game of a gruelling season, the event – which is now in its half-centenary year – sees the two best American Football teams go up against each other to be crowned Super Bowl champions.
It’s a big deal for Americans. In British terms, it’s sort of like the FA Cup and Premier League combined. A lot of pressure for the players, then.
Who will be playing?
The teams are yet to be determined. The AFC champion will take on the NFC champion. The champion from the AFC is set to be Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans or New England Patriots.They will face off against either Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers or the Dallas Cowboys.
When is it?
The Super Bowl will be held on February 5, 2017.
Where is it?
NRG Stadium, Houston, TX.
Formerly known as the Relian Stadium, it has a seating capacity of 71,795. NRG Stadium is the first facility in the NFL to have a retractable roof.
Who is playing the half-time show?
Global superstar Lady Gaga will headline. The Poker Face singer has won six Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and even bagged a nomination for an Academy Award. When the NFL announced, Gaga would perform, she tweeted: “It’s not an illusion, the rumours are true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA!”
The 2017 halftime show comes three months after the release of Gaga’s album, Joanne. Lady Gaga appeared at Super Bowl 50 when she performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Levi’s Stadium before the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in Santa Clara, California.
Who is NOT performing?
Adele was rumoured to be the NFL’s first choice. But the Hello singer immediately shot down that speculation. “First of all, I’m not doing the Super Bowl,” she said in August. Adele continued: “I mean, come on, that show is not about music. “I can’t dance or anything like that.
“They were very kind, they did ask me, but I did say no. “I’m sorry. “Maybe next time, for my next album, because I’m going to do a dance album next time. “So maybe I’ll do it then.”