Will Super Bowl LVI join exclusive all-time club?

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It’s that time of year again where the countdown to Super Bowl Sunday really starts to kick in. Post-season football is up and running, with two exclusive tickets being sought to the biggest show in town.

In 2022, that party is heading back to Los Angeles for the first time in almost 30 years. The SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, home to the Rams and Chargers of LA, will play host to the grandest of sporting spectacles on February 13.

The Vince Lombardi trophy will be hoisted aloft by someone in California, but precisely who will get their hands on that prize is yet to be determined. The latest Super Bowl odds on the exchanges at Betfair have the Green Bay Packers as slight 4.7 favorites to emerge victorious, with Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs also well fancied at 5.1.

Whoever makes it to the big dance could not wish for better surroundings in which to go ring chasing, with a $5 billion construction set to provide a suitable backdrop to the greatest show on turf.

The SoFi Stadium has been welcoming 70,000 supporters through its doors during the 2021–22 campaign. However, this capacity can be raised to 100,000 for events such as the Super Bowl and Olympic Games, with opening and closing ceremonies set to be held there in 2028.

It would be fitting if LA were to break a six-figure attendance barrier once again in Super Bowl LVI, even if no records are to be broken, as that part of the world already dominates a notable all-time chart when it comes to shifting tickets.

Top five biggest Super Bowl attendances

  1. Super Bowl XXI – Rose Bowl: 101,063

Pasadena’s first entry on the list, with the New York Giants overcoming the Denver Broncos back in 1987. Phil Simms was the star of the show that day with a record-setting passer rating of 150.9, and the three touchdowns he threw that day helped the Giants to a 39-20 success.

  1. Super Bowl XLV – Cowboys Stadium: 103,219

The only entry inside the top five that didn’t take place in California, with Texas proving that they certainly do things bigger than most. Jerry World played host to the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011, with Aaron Rodgers taking MVP honors in a 31-25 win that landed him his only Super Bowl ring to date.

  1. Super Bowl XI – Rose Bowl: 103,438

Back to the Roser Bowl for a 1977 showpiece that saw a 100,000-spectator mark passed for the first time in history. The Oakland Raiders gave the locals plenty to shout about that day as a side coached by the legendary John Madden saw off the Minnesota Vikings 32-14.

  1. Super Bowl XVII – Rose Bowl: 103,667

Don Shula’s Miami Dolphins fell to a 27-17 defeat at the hands of the Washington Redskins in 1983 after being undone by 166 yards through 38 carries from the iconic John Riggins.

  1. Super Bowl XIV – Rose Bowl: 103,985

Top of the charts and a record that looks set to stand the test of time, with close to 104,000 fans packed into the Rose Bowl to see the Pittsburgh Steelers overcome the Los Angeles Rams in 1980. Terry Bradshaw ensured that the pre-game favorites delivered in a 31-19 win.

Whatever 2022 has in store, we are about to find out, with the SoFi Stadium hoping that the party it throws lives as long in the memory as some of the LA-based functions that have gone before it.

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