Even if you’re not much of a football fan, you have probably heard that Super Bowl XLVII is taking place this Sunday between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. So, tonight, we have a football related question for you.
How many game balls will be on hand for use during Super Bowl XLVII?
Since 1955 the footballs used by the NFL have been produced by the Wilson Factory in Ada, Ohio where 130 workers turn out 700,000 footballs a year.
Shortly after the AFC and NFC championship games, the factory creates Super Bowl footballs by stamping the Super Bowl logo on the ball along with the names of both teams, the date, and the location of the game. Each team is shipped 108 game balls, 54 for practice and 54 for the game. The teams present their 54 game balls to the officials on game day for inspection, then a DNA ink is added to the laces to indicate they are the authentic on-field game balls. An additional 12 Kicker Balls are sent to the NFL official hotel one week before the game.
So… The total number of game balls provided for use during the Super Bowl: 120, including 12 Kicker Balls.
By the way, the difference between the regular NFL game ball and NFL kicker ball: Letter “K” is inscribed on the kicker ball, sealed in boxes (with anti-tampering tape). The Kicker Balls are delivered to the officials’ room approximately 2.5 hours prior to kickoff.
More football trivia:
- Average number of footballs made by a single cowhide: 10
- Pounds of air pressure in an NFL game ball: 13 psi
- Number of laces found on an NFL game ball: 1
- Total number of lace holes on an NFL game ball: 16
- Total number of panels on an NFL game ball: 4
Net Check Ins:
We had a total of 30 people check in to the Net tonight and 5 of those had the correct answer to the Trivia Question. Congratulations to:
- KD6JEV – John
- KD6JPD – Jerry
- KA6LUI – David
- K6MSU – Ron
- AD6UP – Louie
Thanks to everyone. Enjoy the Super Bowl!