It’s that time of year again. The regular football season is over and it’s Super Bowl time. Watching the game with friends is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, but is the phrase Super Bowl capitalized?
Is Super Bowl capitalized?
Yes, the phrase Super Bowl is capitalized when referring to the sporting event marking the end of the football season. Just like other named sporting events, like the Olympics, Super Bowl is capitalized because it is a proper noun.
What about Super Bowl Sunday?
When Super Bowl is used as an adjective to describe a word(s) following it, then the following words are also capitalized. Therefore, you’d capitalize Sunday after Super Bowl so it would be “Super Bowl Sunday.” Btw, you also capitalize days of the week, so that applies here, too.
Another example is “It’s Super Bowl Game Day.” In this case, “Game Day” is capitalized because “Super Bowl” is describing what kind of “game day.” As an fyi, the phrase “game day” is always two separate words unless used in a title or other name where the author has intentionally made the choice to combine it.
According to the AP Stylebook, you should reference the Super Bowl by the year played, not the Roman numeral, so you’d write “2019 Super Bowl” or “Super Bowl 2019.” Other style guides allow you to use Roman numerals after the word Super Bowl so you could write “Super Bowl LIV.” In this case, the Roman numerals are capitalized.
One thing to note on the Super Bowl: Refer to it by the year played, not the Roman numeral. We’ll refer to this Eagles-Patriots game for years to come as the 2018 Super Bowl. #apstylechat
— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) January 24, 2018
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