7 Fun (and Easy!) Super Bowl Contests to Do at Work

Super Bowl LVIII logo with a football field background

Super Bowl Sunday has become a nationwide celebration, and this year’s showdown between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers is already buzzing with excitement. The event is fast approaching, making it the perfect time to get your employees excited and involved in the festivities.

Hosting a Super Bowl contest at work will not only add some extra excitement to the day, but you’ll also allow your employees to bond and compete with one another in a fun and lighthearted way.

Running a contest is easy, and the options are endless. Whether your staff are football enthusiasts, Taylor Swift fans, or just enjoy friendly competition, there’s something for everyone in these easy-to-organize contests.

From predicting game outcomes to choreographing touchdown dances, the ideas we present here are designed to be inclusive, entertaining, and suitable for both in-office and remote participants. So, let’s gear up for a Super Bowl celebration that’s more than just football—it’s about team spirit, creativity, and, most importantly, having fun together!

Here are seven popular Super Bowl contest ideas you can do with your team:

1. Prediction Contest

Taking part in a Super Bowl prediction contest is a fun and easy way for all of your employees to participate in the excitement. They can make predictions about various aspects of the game, such as the final score, MVP, the first team to score, and the length of the national anthem.

With Usher headlining the Super Bowl LVIII halftime show, you could also invite your team to predict his setlist. Will he open with a classic hit or a newer tune? Maybe even end with a surprise collaboration? Everyone can submit their guesses for Usher’s opening and closing songs.

Whether or not your employees are watching the big game, everyone will want to join in for this one. Use an online survey tool, like Google Forms, to make it easy for them to submit their answers and let the predictions begin. The employee with the most accurate predictions wins!

2. Touchdown Dance Competition

Another way to get your employees involved in the Super Bowl is with a touchdown dance competition. Encourage them to choreograph and perform their touchdown celebration dance, live or via video, as a fun way to celebrate the festivities. Give them the option to perform solo or as part of a group, and get ready for lots of laughs! You can choose one judge or let everyone vote on the most impressive dance for a prize.

3. Snack Stadium Competition 

This contest is about creativity and presentation, so those full-time foodies will love this one! The idea is to have your employees build their snack stadiums using a variety of treats and snacks to represent the two teams. Those in the office can kick off the weekend with this fun competition, and your remote employees can enjoy their creations with family and friends on game day. Choose your judges and let them pick which snack stadium will win a first place prize.

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4. Super Bowl Bingo 

Bingo might be older than the Super Bowl itself, but it stands the test of time! It’s square pool (or bingo), a simple betting game where employees can purchase squares representing the score of the game. Each square on the grid represents a different score and can be sold to your employees at a set price.

There is no limit on how many squares you can sell, but each employee can only buy one. You will assign the prize amount for each quarter and reveal a winner at the end of each quarter. Everyone has a chance to win in this contest, but consider the size of your team and budget beforehand.

5. Team Spirit Photo Contest

Rally your team’s spirit by encouraging them to dress in Chiefs or 49ers colors. They can upload photos to a shared company platform like Slack, showing their support for their favorite team. This contest is a chance for employees to express themselves and add a personal touch to the workplace, even if it’s virtual. The best-dressed fan, as voted by the team or a selected panel, wins a prize of your choice (or theirs!).

6. Super Bowl Trivia Quiz

Organizing a trivia quiz that covers various aspects of the game, including the history of the Super Bowl, facts about the Chiefs and 49ers, and even past halftime shows, is another great idea. This can be done via a virtual quiz platform, making it accessible to all your employees. 

The quiz can be a fun way to take a break from work and engage in some lighthearted competition. The trivia champion could be rewarded with a trophy or a certificate, celebrating their sports knowledge. This contest is a great way to engage employees and promote team bonding.

7. Commercial Rating Roundtable

Super Bowl commercials are always a hot topic of conversation. Plan to set up a virtual roundtable the day after the game, where employees can discuss and rate their favorite commercials. This could be a relaxed, informal way to start the workday, encouraging discussions and sharing different perspectives. 

It’s also an excellent opportunity for the marketing and creative teams to analyze and discuss what makes these commercials stand out. To add a competitive element, employees can vote for their favorite commercial, with the most popular choice winning a fun, informal award.

Tips for Hosting Your Super Bowl Contest

These are just a few ideas, but hosting a contest is a great way to build camaraderie and friendly competition among your employees. To set your contest up for success, remember to communicate the rules, prizes, and entry deadline to ensure everyone has a fair chance to participate.

And when it comes to choosing a grand prize, you may give something simple, such as a gift card, or something more elaborate, such as a paid day off. Remember to announce the winner after the game is over, whether it be via email or in a company-wide meeting, to encourage the team to participate in your next event!

Whether your employees are in the office or working remotely, a Super Bowl contest can help bring some extra excitement and fun to the day. With creativity and organization, you can create a game that will be enjoyed by all and create lasting memories. Enjoy this year’s Super Bowl Sunday game and halftime show, and may the best team win!

Related: Ideas for Team-Building at Work

Pete Newsome

About Pete Newsome

Pete Newsome is the President of 4 Corner Resources, the staffing and recruiting firm he founded in 2005. 4 Corner is a member of the American Staffing Association and TechServe Alliance, and the top-rated staffing company in Central Florida. Recent awards and recognition include being named to Forbes’ Best Recruiting Firms in America, The Seminole 100, and The Golden 100. Pete also founded zengig, to offer comprehensive career advice, tools, and resources for students and professionals. He hosts two podcasts, Hire Calling and Finding Career Zen, and is blazing new trails in recruitment marketing with the latest artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Connect with Pete on LinkedIn