How to Play Super Bowl Bingo

On Sunday, February 7, the eyes of a nation will focus on Raymond James Stadium, or Ray Jay, for Super Bowl LV.

Super Bowl Sunday is a national event that causes celebrations, get-togethers and plenty of debate, and after a horrible end to 2020, the country needs something to refocus our attention. Televised by CBS, the game promises to be the first big viewing extravaganza of the year, with a halftime show by the Weeknd, as well as all the pomp and ceremony you have come to expect over the last 55 years.

Sadly, more people than ever will be forced to watch Super Bowl LV at home as a limited stadium capacity means fewer fans can be welcomed into the home of the Buccaneers. With restrictions on movement placed upon some states you may have to watch at home, alone. That is why we suggest getting together with friends and playing a game of Super Bowl Bingo.

When we say ‘getting together’, that might be over a Zoom call, or another video conferencing platform, because you may not be able to meet in person. 2020 was the year of video calling, of being on mute by accident and struggling for connection, but by now we all know what we are doing to host a virtual event, surely?

As well as watching the game with a soda and some snacks, preparing a game of Super Bowl Bingo could add to the fun at your virtual watch party. You can find a pre-printed set of bingo cards by searching for ‘Super Bowl Bingo’ in Google, or you can come up with your own. If you choose the latter, you need to think of something that might happen during a game which you could mark off a card, in the same way you would a bingo card. You could go for a 25-yard run, television shot of a player’s wife or a mention of the first female Super Bowl official. You will need to find quite a few of these events, as they act as your bingo balls. A guide on how-to-play 75-ball by Cheeky Bingo explains that the most popular version of the game in the United States is, in fact 75-ball, whilst around the world 90-ball is widespread, so you will need to be imaginative when coming up with events. You are unlikely to find 75 difference occurrences within a game to offer variations for your cards, and putting together a game might be too difficult if you try! If you are making the card up yourself, try to at least have twice as many possibilities as you have entries on the card, so that you do not all win at once!

Once you have maybe 40 different things that might happen, randomly put them on cards and send to everyone playing along. Each card should have around 20 events on, and as they occur each player crosses that off their card. The first to complete their card wins your game of Super Bowl Bingo. It might be even more fun to have some prizes ready for the first to complete a line, or all four corners so that the interest remains right through until the latter stages of the game.

That is just one idea that could help connect you and your friends on Super Bowl Sunday if you cannot all get together in the usual way. Even if you can and you intend to host a party at your home, Super Bowl Bingo is a great way to have some fun and enjoy the game at the same time.

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