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How long does it take to set up the Super Bowl halftime show set?

The halftime show is a mastery of logistics that requires an army of people to make or break the Super Bowl performance- all in a matter of minutes.

Feb 9, 2023; Phoenix, AZ, USA; A Rihanna display before the Halftime Show Press Conference at Phoenix Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby LeeUSA TODAY Sports

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The Super Bowl is the greatest show in all sports and entertainment each year.

In addition to the exciting NFL game that decides the winner of the Vince Lombardy Trophy, the halftime show creates just as much buzz as the matchup itself.

Over the years, we’ve seen legendary artists take on the stage, from Michael Jackson and Prince to Beyonce and Madonna. This year, Barbadian star Rihanna will perform at the halftime show as the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas Chiefs rest up for the second half.


How long does the halftime show last?

The Super Bowl halftime show typically lasts around 13 minutes. Rihanna will have exactly this time in Glendale, Arizona, to squeeze 17 years of her career with her most special songs.

And because there hasn’t been a one-man or one-woman performance at the halftime show in years, we expect at least a few artists to join the Barbadian artist on stage tonight.

Related: Who could be some guest stars in Rihanna’s performance in the Super Bowl halftime show?

The six-minute halftime show shuffle

Setting up the Super Bowl halftime show stage and taking it down is the real show that you’ll never get to see.

It takes hundreds of staff at the Super Bowl to construct and dismantle the stage where the halftime show performer(s) will perform in a matter of just a few minutes, all while in front of a live audience and millions watching on television.

Six minutes on and six minutes off the stage,” Charles Coplin, a former vice president of special events for the NFL, said in 2010. “There’s just no way to describe that other than sheer terror.”

That’s exactly how much it takes for the army of people to make or break the Super Bowl halftime show, which, takes about a total of 20 minutes once it kicks off.

Make sure you don’t miss the Chiefs and Eagles facing off at the State Farm Stadium this Sunday.


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