Super Bowl Sunday is football's biggest day of the season. But thanks to all of the hoopla surrounding the game, the event has taken on a much bigger meaning for some people. Our Candace Hopkins has a look at why some consider this game day a holiday of sorts.
ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- If you didn't know what day it was, you could have easily confused Sunday afternoon for the day before Thanksgiving. Parking spots at the DeWitt Wegmans were hard to come by, and the aisles were packed.
"I was walking around and people just did not care, they wanted to get their food and get out, it was a riot everywhere," said Liverpool Resident Ziad Abougoash.
Super Bowl Sunday isn't an official holiday, but for many people, like Oneida Resident Tom Northrop, the anticipation and meal preparation are all the same. "The whole week you're just getting ready, going to work and I'm just ready to get out of work. Yesterday I was like, thank God it's over, just so I could get ready for tomorrow."
Just like any good holiday Super Bowl Sunday is all about the food, and for many people watching the game is a good excuse to go a bit overboard on the snack foods.
"Usually I try and make chicken wings and I try and make as many dips as possible so people can graze a little bit, it's usually not a sit down thing, but you try and eat whatever's out there," said Syracuse Resident David Anastasio.
Northrop also had a special menu planned. "I'm making a queso dip today to go along with some chips, we're going to Dinosaur to pick up some of their really good wings to bring home, it's awesome, I bought some beer from Gordon Biersch the other day to bring home, to have a couple beers while watching the game."
And with all the partying that goes on, many people wish they had the day after the Super Bowl off to recover. "I think the next day is usually pretty bad, but if you're smart, you'll stop around halftime," said Anastasio.
And the best part about this unofficial holiday, even if you don't care much about the game itself, with the food, friends and even the commercials, Super Bowl Sunday has a little something for everyone.
A recent survey estimated 179 million people watched the game, with 74 percent of those people buying special food and drinks for the event.