Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday (I’m surprised it’s not a national holiday yet but anyway) and I am excited just like everyone else. Well not quite like everyone else I guess. This year my team is actually in the big game for just the second time in their existence (you should know what team it is by now). In the years between I spent more time rooting AGAINST teams (nameley the Patriots and Steelers) more than rooting for them. I’m in a weird place though because before the Ravens existed when I was young I was a 49ers fan. I picked up the Ravens when they came to Baltimore because I wanted to pull for a home town team and Baltimore is home. I naturally still pulled for the 49ers but for the first time in my life I am fully against them. We played them last year and I was semi neutral. I wanted the Ravens to win because the 49ers were safely going to make it into the playoffs anyway where the Ravens NEEDED that game. Anyway, I’m rambling and have lost complete focus on the reason for this blog post.. but yeah, go Ravens.
Alright, so for the first time in my life I will probably not be watching the game at home. Home has been a few different places for me in my life. My freshman year of college I watched the Super Bowl (The Giants vs. the Patriots when the Patriots were undefeated. You know, the helmet catch game) in my dorm with my roommate. That was a fun experience. Our whole hall had the game on in our respective rooms. We all left our doors open and people would be going room to room exchanging food and drink and of course tons of trash talking among the fans. I still remember the way the dorm exploded when the catch was made. I literally got chills, but that was the only time I did not watch the big game from the comfort of my family’s home or the home of a friend.
Until this year of course.
It looks like this year I’ll either be watching the big game from a hotel or from a sports bar and this got me thinking. Where do most people watch the big game?
As luck has it, I stumbled across a blog from the National Association of Realtors which featured an infographic on the subject from Century 21. (right click the image and open in a new tab to view it full size)
According to the charts
- 88% of people say that the home is the best place to watch the game, with 84% saying that they plan to watch the Super Bowl from the comfort of their own home, a friend’s home, or a family member’s home this year.
- 66% say that they prefer to watch it in a home because of the relaxing atmosphere
- 58% say that the ability to find a comfortable chair is the top benefit of watching the game at a home.
- and 76% say that they plan to watch the Super Bowl in pajamas or other comfortable clothes.
- Only 52% said that the quality of the tv they were watching the game on was a critical factor.
So apparently my having never watched it anywhere but at home was normal. I also take this to mean that I shouldn’t expect a large crowd at a sports bar if that was the route I decided to go… somehow I find that difficult to accept. Now if only I could have one of these Mobile Attic Portable Storage Units rigged up with a flat screen* against the wall. Put a couch in it, grill outside of it and I’d be set!
Enjoy your Super Bowl weekend people! No matter where it is you choose to enjoy the game!
*- It is not recommended that you rig your Mobile Attic Portable Storage Unit with a Flat Screen though that would be, indeed, a pretty sweet set up.