This Sunday, Super Bowl XLVIII will take over MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, bringing can’t-miss ads, a must-watch half-time show, and yes, a football game, to millions of fans across North America.
The Seattle Seahawks will take on the Denver Broncos in what’s expected to be a frigid game — it could be the coldest Super Bowl ever.
The last coldest game ever was in 1972 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, with the temperature at just under 4 C. With a polar vortex sweeping through the United States already this month, there were fears it could happen again on Sunday. However, a warm-up may be on the way and the mercury could hit 7 C.
Mars, a pop singer, said he started rehearsing at the stadium earlier this week and cold weather will be an issue.
“It’s like the microphone turns into a Popsicle,” he said. “We’re getting some heaters on everything.”
Mars, 28, was named Billboard’s top artist of 2013, and his latest album, Unorthodox Jukebox, won the best pop vocal album Grammy Award this week. He’s known for his songs Locked out of Heaven and Grenade.
He will perform with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Soprano Renee Fleming will perform The Star-Spangled Banner at the sporting event — the first opera star to do so.
For those who watch the game for the ads, not the football, Canadian viewers will once again be shut out from the action. However, a tear-jerker of an ad from Budweiser that features an unlikely pair of friends and a controversial SodaStream ad starring Scarlett Johansson can still be seen online.
Watch those two ads below and click here for the Top 10 ads.
If you are, in fact, watching for the football, the experts over at Sportsnet have made their choices for winners, losers and MVPs.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is the favourite for MVP, while Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning picked up one vote.
The latest point spread has the Broncos as the favourites, but only by two-and-a-half points.
Click here to read their full predictions.
Last year’s game drew a combined 7.38-million viewers, making it the most-watched broadcast of the year.
With files from The Associated Press