American consumers will spend an average of $75 per person for a total of $14.1 billion as an estimated 188.5 million people watch the Atlanta Falcons face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5, 2017, according to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual "Super Bowl Spending Survey," conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Viewership is about the same as last year’s 188.9 million, but the spending is down from an average of $82 per person and a total of $15.5 billion.
“With the holidays past us, consumers are looking forward to spending time with friends and family for some good, old-fashioned fun to celebrate the big game” NRF president and chief executive officer Matthew Shay said. “Retailers will help fans prepare by making sure they are well stocked on decorations, party food, accessories and other Super Bowl necessities.”
While 76% of those surveyed said they plan to watch the game, 80% of them said they will purchase food and beverages, 11% will buy team apparel or accessories and 8% will splurge on new televisions to watch the game at home.
According to the survey, the 45 million people hosting a Super Bowl party should expect a full house, with 27% of those surveyed planning to attend a party to celebrate the big game. Bars and restaurants can also expect a good turnout, with 12.4 million people planning to head out to watch at their favorite local spot.
More than 43% of viewers say the most important part is the game itself, 24% cite the commercials that run during the Super Bowl, 15% want to hang out with friends and 12% say the halftime show is their top highlight.
The survey also found that 78% of viewers watch the commercials for entertainment, and 18% say the ads make them more aware of the advertiser’s brand, but only 10% say the commercials influence them to purchase products. Sixteen percent say advertisers should save their money and pass the savings along to consumers, and 10% say the commercials make the game last too long.
“As a favorite American pastime, the Super Bowl is a great chance for viewers to reconnect with friends and family after having a nice break after the holiday season,” Prosper Insights principal analyst Pam Goodfellow said. “Even though the number of viewers is slightly down this year, plenty are still planning to enjoy the day by watching it at their favorite bar or a friend’s place, wearing their lucky jerseys and hoping their favorite team wins.”
The survey, which asked 7,591 consumers about their Super Bowl plans, was conducted Jan. 4-11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.1 percentage points.