Some 82% of Super Bowl fans plan to purchase food and beverages for the big game.
As Americans prepare to cheer on the Super Bowl, they’re expected to spend more money on Super Bowl parties and other festivities around the event this year.
American adults are expected to spend an average $81.17 for a total of $15.3 billion as an estimated 188.5 million people watch the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl next month, according to the annual survey released today by National Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Projected viewership is the same as last year but total spending is up 8.5% from $14.1 billion in 2017.
“Whether throwing their own party, heading to a friend’s house or gathering at their favorite bar or restaurant, consumers are ready to spend on the big game,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Super Bowl shoppers will find retailers well-stocked on decorations, apparel, food and all other necessities to cheer on their favorite team.”
Of the 76% of those surveyed who plan to watch the game, 82% say they will purchase food and beverages — up slightly from 80% last year — and the highest in the survey’s history. Another 11% will buy team apparel or accessories, unchanged from 2017. New televisions and decorations hold a similar draw for those planning to watch at home, with 8% planning to purchase each, also unchanged. Those 25-34 will spend the most of any age group at an average of $118.43.
According to the survey, 18% (45 million) will host a Super Bowl party, with 28% (69 million) planning to attend one. Bars and restaurants will entice 5% (11 million) planning to watch at their favorite local spot.
“Consumers are carrying strong spending momentum from the holiday season into their Super Bowl festivities,” Prosper Executive Vice President of Strategy Phil Rist said. “This is evident through increased plans for purchasing while the number of viewers remains steady with last year. Fans aren’t afraid to spend a few extra dollars to make this year’s game the best one yet.”
The survey, which asked 7,277 consumers about their Super Bowl plans, was conducted Jan. 3-10 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.1 percentage points.