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Super Bowl XVIII, By the Numbers

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Holidays bring us "The 12 Days of Christmas." In that same spirit, get ready for "The 12 Days of Super Bowl." That would make Wednesday the "11th Day of Super Bowl."

Here are some fun facts about Super Bowl XLVIII (or 48, for those of you not down with the whole Roman Numeral thing):

Did you know this is New York/New Jersey's first Super Bowl? In fact, if you combined the Super Bowls played in New York, Dallas, the Bay Area, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Jacksvonille, Houston, and Atlanta, it would equal the amount of Super Bowls that New Orleans has hosted (10).

If you've ever wondered how the tickets are distributed, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos account for 35% of the seats. The Seahawks, for example, had a lottery for many of those tickets, with better odds for longtime season ticket holders. Each non-Super Bowl team gets 1.2% of the tickets. The NFL office gets a whopping 25.2% of the tickets to divy up.

If you weren't lucky enough to get tickets at face value, you can still buy them on the secondary market. Just be prepared to give up an arm and a leg (assuming each limb is worth at least $1,100). Nosebleed seats will set you back $2,300. If you're more of a "luxury box" kind of fan, be prepared to spend as much as $899,270 for a Level 3 Suite. Hope you've been saving up!

Players participating in the Super Bowl stand to gain financially for reaching football's penultimate game. Each player gets between $21,000 and $23,000 for making it to the Wild Card Game. A Divisional Playoff Game will net you $23,000. Then the numbers jump to $42,000 for reaching the Conference Championship Game. And if you're fortunate enough to win the Super Bowl? That's a $92,000 payday. Don't worry... the loser still gets a cool $46,000. So even if you're a backup earning the league minimum, you stand to earn as much as $180,000.

Bottom line, the Super Bowl is a big money event, whether you're watching it, or playing in it.