On Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET, the Denver Broncos will match up against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., for Super Bowl XLVIII.
While the exact time of kickoff may vary due to pre-game preparations, the coin toss, the national anthem, and very possibly the weather (though it's looking to likely be warmer than initially predicted), the big game is scheduled to air on Fox at the same time as last year's climactic clash at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
If you're brimming with anticipation and need to know exactly how long you still have to wait at any given moment, be sure to head over to the official Super Bowl website, which is generously hosting a countdown to the big game. Even that clock won't be entirely accurate, though, since the smallest of factors can determine the matchup's precise start time.
While the lyrics of the national anthem never vary, or at least shouldn't, the time it takes to complete America's song often does. On average, at least for the past few Super Bowls, the Star Spangled Banner has taken a little under two minutes to be completed. This year, Vegas oddsmakers have set the over/under for song length at about 2:20 seconds, according to Bleacher Report, indicating that they expect opera singer Renee Fleming to take her sweet time. (Last year, Alicia Keys took a record 2:35 seconds to complete the song.)
The halftime show, featuring Bruno Mars and The Red Hot Chili Peppers should begin at about 8 p.m., according to the International Business Times. Yet, the start time of the performance, as well as the eventual end time of the game, is also subject to change. Penalties, injuries, play reviews and even the number of touchdowns and field goals can all add length to the game.
By 2012, the average length of the game, start to finish, was about 3 hours and 35 minutes, according to Bloomberg. However, last year's game was the longest in NFL history, running 4 hours and 14 minutes, due to a 22-minute power outage that suspended play for 34 minutes.
Hopefully, this year the lights will stay on.
For those of you not relying on a cable or satellite provider for Sunday's football festivities, the game will also again be broadcast live online, both on the Fox Sports website and on the Fox Sports Go iOS apps. The live stream begins at 10 a.m. ET, but the pre-game show doesn't start until 2 p.m. ET, according to GigaOm. The post-game show should begin to be broadcast around 10 p.m. ET.
The game will also be streamed live via NFL Mobile, but that option requires a subscription.
Now you know all you need to know to accurately and effectively plan your Super Bowl party. Go forth, and be merry; it's your last chance to enjoy football season, after all.