The First Super Bowl

The first Super Bowl took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, owned by the University of Southern California.

Image: Los Angeles Coliseum, 1967.

The stadium broke ground on December 21, 1921, opening two years later. Throughout its lifetime, it has been home to the USC Trojans, the NFL’s LA Rams (1946-1979; 2016-2020), LA Chargers (1960, 2018-2020), and LA Raiders (1982-1994), the XFL’s LA Extreme (2001), the MLB’s LA Dodgers (1958-1961), and several other professional sports teams.

The first Super Bowl was a meeting between the NFL Champion Green Bay Packers, and the AFL Champion Kansas City Chiefs, played on 1/15/1967. Tickets were $12. Originally called the “AFL-NFL World Championship Game”, Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt proposed the term “Super Bowl” to market the game similar to NCAA Bowl games. This coining wouldn’t become official until Super Bowl III in 1969.

The first Super Bowl, then known as the AFC-NFC Championship Game. Water Iooss photo, SF Gate.

Unfortunately, the Packers beat the Chiefs 35-10, and even worse, they would win the next Super Bowl as well. 2021 could have seen a rematch between the two clubs who played in the first game, however the Packers would lose to a team headed by a 43 year old, 6th round draft pick. The Chiefs will look to repeat their Super Bowl victory from last year.

In 1970, the NFL and AFL would merge into the modern NFL, and the two leagues would become the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC), respectively.

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