2020 Super Bowl spending estimated to be the most of any year

Watchers expected to spend more than 17 billion nation wide

JOPLIN, Mo. – From food like meat, wings and party platters.

“The Super Bowl is kinda the first major thing for us of the year,” says Heather Dickerson with Woody’s Smokehouse.

To electronics like new TVs.

“Millions of people are gonna be around tv’s watching the Super Bowl. And I mean, the size of the TV always seems to be pretty important,” says Justin McMullen, General Manager of Best Buy Joplin.

And clothes that support your favorite team.

There’s no doubt that a lot of money is spent by consumers that watch the Super Bowl. That’s something that’s especially true in Joplin this year, as the Kansas City Chiefs head to the big game for the first time in 50 years.

In fact, the National Retail Federation estimates more than 193 million people will watch the game, and spend more than 17 billion dollars on things like food, beverages, clothes and even new TVs.

Commerce, Oklahoma resident Kevin Reading was at Academy Sports and Outdoors in Joplin, shopping for a new hat and a shirt for his three-year-old granddaughter.

“She wants a Mahomes jersey because her Nana has a Mahomes jersey,” says Reading.

Most of the fans we talked to say they plan to keep their parties small, spending under a hundred dollars, and put more of their green toward gear to wear during the game.

“They haven’t been to the Super Bowl in 50 years, I thought, well it’s time to celebrate with them by buying something new,” says Carthage resident Paula Ford.

But no matter how much you decided to spend, if you’re a fan in Chief’s Kingdom, you’ll more likely be doing the same thing as every other fan.. cheering on the Chiefs.

“Go Chiefs!” explains Reading’s granddaughter.

The National Retail Federation says 80 percent of what watchers spend will be on food and beverages.

If you want to learn more about the study, follow this link: https://nrf.com/insights/holiday-and-seasonal-trends/super-bowl