How Long Does the Super Bowl Last? Breaking Down Game Length and More

How long is the Super Bowl from start to finish, and why does the NFL want us to party so late before work the next day?

You’re at the Super Bowl party. You’ve eaten some yummy food, maybe had a few adult beverages. But then out of the corner of your eye, you start to see your kids peter out — they get a little whinier, a little more irritable. It’s because you blinked and it’s already bedtime. How long is the Super Bowl from start to finish, and why does the NFL want us to party so late before work the next day? Not EVERYONE can call off…

How Long Is the Super Bowl Game?

Let’s look at a stretch during the 2010s to get an inkling of the total length of Super Bowl 57 (year denotes Super Bowl year, not the year of the regular season).

2010: Three hours and 42 minutes
2011: Three hours and 53 minutes
2012: Three hours and 23 minutes
2013: Four hours and 15 minutes
2014: Three hours and 25 minutes
2015: Three hours and 37 minutes
2016: Three hours and 53 minutes

On average, the Super Bowls in this cohort took three hours and 44 minutes to complete. So, if you’re on the East Coast, the game will end at approximately 10:15 p.m. based on this data set.

How Long Is the National Anthem?

Going back to Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000, the average length of the singing of the national anthem is 115.4 seconds (one minute and 55 seconds). You can currently get anywhere from 119.5 to 127 seconds on the over/under of this year’s national anthem (sung by Chris Stapleton) depending on the sportsbook you place your wager.

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And not to be confused with the Super Bowl Halftime Show, but halftime is more than double the amount of time for a regular-season halftime. That’s part of why the game feels (and is) longer than others.

How Long After the Super Bowl Is the Parade?

In 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles had their Super Bowl parade on the Thursday after the game. Last year, the Los Angeles Rams had their parade on the Wednesday after the Super Bowl victory. The year before that, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also paraded on the Wednesday after the Super Bowl.

Safe to say, this year’s parade is likely to be on Wednesday, February 15 or Thursday, February 16.

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