The biggest game in football is right around the corner, and the pressure – on the coaches, players and fans – is unparalleled in the world of sports. With each play comes another chance to put sports enthusiasts into cardiac arrest. Nothing can come close to the stress – unless you’re the brave soul hosting a party for The Big Game.
When the Broncos and Panthers meet in San Francisco for football’s final match up of the season, millions of pounds of wings, pizza, chips and guacamole will be consumed. For those of you hosting a party on February 7th, there are some important factors to keep in mind if you want to make it a memorable one.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle? Getting people to actually show up. An Ibotta survey of over a million shoppers found that a shocking 78 percent of people say they plan to watch the game from home. Where’s the fun in that?
If you do manage to get people out of their house and to your party, here’s how to ensure they enjoy their time and go home happy (or maybe said if their team loses, but there is only so much you can do):
1. Plan Your Menu Wisely: If you can only make one dish for your guests, make sure it’s wings. More than ¼ of respondents would only eat wings if they had to choose just one food. Pizza and nachos finished second and third, respectively.
2. Make Sure There is Fridge Capacity: The only game your guests want to see is the one on TV, not refrigerator chutes and ladders. Make sure there’s plenty of room in the fridge because 74 percent of respondents prefer to drink bottled beer over canned beer during the game. Plus, for those who bring their own beer, 73 percent said they would leave any leftover bottles for the host.
3. Don’t Skip on Quality: Don’t skimp on your guests’ taste buds. Approximately 60 percent of respondents would choose the most popular beer brand versus a brand on sale if it were up to them. While they likely just want a better tasting beer, it could also be because this might be the last time they drink until next year’s game. Roughly 48 percent of men and 45 percent of women say would give up beer for an entire year if it meant their team took home the ring.
4. Expect Your Guests to be Thrifty: As for your guests, don’t expect them to break the bank on their contributions. While 72 percent of respondents are buying food specifically for the game, 78 percent plan to spend $20 or less.
5. Be Well Stocked: If you’ve got Broncos and Panthers fans coming to your party, make sure you have plenty to drink. A whopping 87 percent of those surveyed are more apt to drink if their team is winning.
The whole season has led to this moment. All eyes will be on you, the host, so don’t drop the ball – or the nacho dip.