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Miami is hosting football’s biggest event of the year for the 11th time!

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In 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles played the New England Patriots in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Millions of football fans across the country will watch Super Bowl LIV on February 2, 2020. It’s the National Football League’s championship game. But even before the game starts, a new record has already been set: This year’s game will be played in Miami, Florida, for the 11th time. That means Miami has hosted more Super Bowls than any other city since the first one was played in 1967.

In previous years, cities competed in a bidding process to host the game, says Janelle Prieto of the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee. It was a similar process to how cities bid to host other major sporting events like the Olympics and the World Cup. But now the big game rotates through a handful of large cities across the U.S.

To be eligible to host the Super Bowl, a city needs to have a stadium that can seat about 70,000 fans. It also needs to have plenty of parking and hotel availability within a 20-minute drive of the stadium.

On February 2, millions of football fans across the country will watch the Super Bowl. It’s the National Football League’s championship game. It hasn’t even started, but it has already set a new record. This is the 11th time the championship will be played in Miami, Florida. That means Miami has hosted more Super Bowls than any other city.

Cities used to compete to host the game, says Janelle Prieto. She works for the committee putting on the Miami event. Back then, each city made an argument for why it should be the host. It was similar to the process for choosing host cities for other major sporting events, like the Olympics and the World Cup. But now the Super Bowl rotates automatically through a handful of large cities across the U.S. 

A city needs a few things to host the Super Bowl. It must have a stadium that can seat about 70,000 fans. It also needs plenty of parking. There should be hotels within a 20-minute drive of the stadium.

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65,326: Number of seats in Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium

Preparations for this year’s game started back in 2016, when the NFL chose Miami to host Super Bowl LIV. In addition to the game, Miami is putting on a weeklong fan fest called Super Bowl Live. Only about 65,000 fans will get to sit in the stadium for the game. But the fan event allows everyone who can’t get tickets to experience all things Super Bowl.

“Even if you aren’t a sports fan, you will find something that will entice you to join in on the fun,” says Prieto. The free festival will include cooking demonstrations, art installations, great music, and fireworks displays.

Things have changed since the big game was last held in Miami a decade ago. Today, the city has even more public transportation options for football fans to get to the game—and maybe do some sightseeing while they’re in town!

Preparations for this year’s game started back in 2016. That’s when the NFL chose Miami to host the 2020 Super Bowl. And the game itself isn’t the only thing happening. Miami is also holding a weeklong festival for fans. Only about 65,000 people will get to sit in the stadium for the game. But the festival allows people who can’t get tickets to experience the Super Bowl. 

“Even if you aren’t a sports fan, you will find something that will entice you to join in on the fun,” says Prieto. The free festival will include cooking demonstrations, art, music, and fireworks. Things have changed since the Super Bowl was last held in Miami a decade ago. Today, the city has more public transportation options than it used to. That will make it easier for fans to get to the game—and see some sights while they’re in town!    

Use the chart below, which shows how many times different metropolitan areas have hosted the Super Bowl to answer the following questions. Record your work and answers on our answer sheet.

Use the chart below, which shows how many times different metropolitan areas have hosted the Super Bowl to answer the following questions. Record your work and answers on our answer sheet.

What category or value should be used for a dot plot to represent this data?

What category or value should be used for a dot plot to represent this data?

How many total dots will the dot plot have? What does this number represent?

How many total dots will the dot plot have? What does this number represent?

On a separate sheet of paper, make a dot plot of Super Bowls hosted by city, using the data in the chart to the left.

On a separate sheet of paper, make a dot plot of Super Bowls hosted by city, using the data in the chart to the left.

What is the mode (most common number in the set) of times a city has hosted the Super Bowl?

What is the mode (most common number in the set) of times a city has hosted the Super Bowl?

Looking at your dot plot, what part of the United States is most often chosen to host the Super Bowl? Why do you think that is so?

Looking at your dot plot, what part of the United States is most often chosen to host the Super Bowl? Why do you think that is so?

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