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10 Ways the Mercy v IND Game stacks up against Super Bowl XLVII

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At least three Baltimore sports teams are looking forward to their biggest games of their season this weekend as the Ravens head to the Super Bowl, and Mercy High School and the Institute of Notre Dame (IND) prepare for what is known simply as "The Game." Keep reading to learn more about the 47th playing of The Game and the Super Bowl.

  1. Founding Year - The Game: 1967; Super Bowl: 1967
  2. Teams - The Game: Mercy Magic v IND Penguins; Super Bowl: Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers
  3. Game Time - The Game: Friday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Super Bowl: Sunday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m.
  4. 2013 Venue - The Game: Towson Center Arena at Towson University; Super Bowl: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
  5. Expected Attendance - The Game: 3,000-3,800 friends, families, and fans; Super Bowl: 73,208
  6. Record-setting Audiences - The Game: The IND v Mercy game has attracted the largest crowd to view a high school girls' basketball game in the State of Maryland. Super Bowl: According to Nielsen, Super Bowl XLVI was the most-watched show in TV history with an estimated 111.3 million viewers
  7. Ticket Price - The Game: Tickets are on sale now at the schools for $10. Tickets sold at the door will cost $12. Super Bowl: According to TiqIQ tickets to the showdown between the Ravens and 49ers around the web were going for an average price of $3,398.
  8. Number of Wins - The Game: IND 16 wins, Mercy 30 wins; Super Bowl: Ravens have won once since the team was founded in 1996; 49ers have won five times in the history of the Super Bowl.
  9. Pre-game Excitement - The Game: Both schools host a Spirit Week. At IND, Spirit Week includes class competitions, special dress up days, and a Friday afternoon pep rally. Mercy’s Spirit Week includes a faculty v JV basketball team game after school, class color day, contests at lunch and a pep rally on Friday. Super Bowl: Thousands of fans turned out Monday morning at Baltimore's Inner Harbor for a send-off pep rally as the Ravens made their way to New Orleans. According to KGO TV in San Francisco, "Dozens of excited fans waited outside the team's training camp in Santa Clara to see their team off to the Super Bowl.
  10. Final Fun Fact - The Game: The pageantry surrounding the event makes it more than just one more game on the schedule for Mercy and IND. The competition between the cheerleaders, pep squads, and alumnae and students singing their Alma Maters make it a homecoming.Super Bowl: In 2006, the NFL made an attempt to trademark "The Big Game" but it was met with resistance by schools already using a similar phrase.

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