The first weekend of every February marks a major American cultural event: the Super Bowl. Did you know: the five most-watched American television programs in history have all been Super Bowl broadcasts; advertisers pay $5 million for thirty seconds of airtime; across the country tens of thousands of football-viewing parties bring together fans and friends to watch the game; more money is bet on the Super Bowl than on any other event; Americans consume more food on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day of the year except Thanksgiving, including an estimated 28 million pounds of potato chips, 1.25 billion chicken wings, and eight million pounds of guacamole. Beyond the game, football is another example of sports in America prompting reflection and conversation that touch on deep cultural and social issues. On February 13th, join us at the Shanghai American Center to hear a panel of U.S. Foreign Service Officers and football enthusiasts explain the basics of the sport, share the most talked-about plays and ads of Super Bowl 53, and offer their personal insights on the commerce, conviviality, and cultural significance of Super Bowl Sunday.
*You must bring a valid physical photo ID (national ID, driver’s license, or passport) in order to enter the Shanghai American Center. Copies or pictures of IDs will not be accepted. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow enough time for security screening.
*Please make sure the name used to register for the event matches the name on your ID.
*Please be aware that laptops are prohibited in the Shanghai American Center, and we are unable to provide storage.
*Press inquiries should be directed to the U.S. Consulate Shanghai Press Office.