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What is the average Super Bowl game time?

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As of Super Bowl XLIX, the average time of all Super Bowl kickoffs is approximately 5:30 p.m. EST. However, since 1991, the average Super Bowl start time has been 6:30 p.m. EST.

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In the Super Bowl era since 1991, the earliest Super Bowl start time was 6:19 p.m. EST in 1991, while the latest start time was 6:40 p.m. EST. Before 1991, the start time fluctuated enough to bring the overall average time earlier. The earliest Super Bowl start time was 2 p.m. EST in 1971; all Super Bowls before 1978 started before 5 p.m. EST. Since 1991, the Super Bowl start time has been fixed around 6:30 p.m. EST so that the game is played during primetime hours on the East Coast while still finishing before younger viewers need to sleep.

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