Super Bowl Sunday promises a blitz on chicken wings

WASHINGTON — Super Bowl Sunday is the second-biggest day for eating in the U.S., behind Thanksgiving, and the National Chicken Council, in Washington, says Americans will eat 1.3 billion chicken wings during this year’s big game — about 37.5 million more than were consumed during last year’s game.

Just how much is 1.3 billion chicken wings? The National Chicken Council offers these facts:

  • It is enough for every man, woman and child in the United States to have four wings each.
  • If laid end to end, they would stretch from Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte, to Sports Authority Field at Mile High, in Denver, 53 times.
  • It’s enough wings to put more than 600 on every seat in the 32 NFL stadiums.
  • Those wings weigh 162.5 million pounds, 6.325 times more than the combined weights of the Panthers’ and Broncos’ entire 52-man rosters.
  • If one of the three recent Powerball winners spent his or her entire lump sum on uncooked chicken wings at a grocery store, they could buy only 76 percent of the 162.5 million pounds that will be eaten Super Bowl weekend.

Need some inspiration for your chicken wings this year?  Check out Food Network’s 50 Wing Recipes here.

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Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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