January 26, 2018
American sports fans will be watching the LII Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots on February 4 with “a wing and a prayer.” Indeed, the National Chicken Council released its annual Chicken Wing Report on January 25—projecting that fans will eat 1.35 billion wings during Super Bowl weekend, an all-time high. That figure is up 1.5%, or 20 million wings, from 2017.
To visualize just how many wings that is …
- If 1.35 billion wings were laid end to end along Interstate 95, they would stretch from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts—almost 250 times.
- That is enough wings to put 625 wings on every seat in all 32 NFL stadiums.
- 1.35 billion wings is enough to circle the Earth three times.
- That’s 394 million feet of chicken wings – enough that a chicken could cross the road 13 million times.
- Americans will eat 20 million more wings this year. If wings were dollars, that would only buy us 2 minutes of commercials during the big game.
“There will be no wing shortage,” said National Chicken Council Spokesperson Tom Super. “Whether you’re a fan of the left wing or the right wing, there’s no debate about America’s favorite Super Bowl food.”
And how do Americans like their wings? More than half (59%) of U.S. adults who eat chicken wings say they typically like to eat their wings with ranch dressing, according to a new National Chicken Council poll conducted online by Harris Poll. Ranch is once again the number-one side or sauce, the poultry organization said. Only 33% like to eat their wings with blue cheese dressing.
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