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Rochester pizzerias cash in with Super Bowl Sunday orders

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

The biggest game day in the NFL is also one of the busiest days of the year for pizzerias. While many were excited to watch the Super Bowl, just as many - if not more - were looking forward to the food.

"The Super Bowl is easily top 5 busiest days of the year, definitely could've been a lot busier had the Vikings made it to the Super Bowl," said Lukas Teer, Assistant Manager at Toppers Pizza. 

Toppers Pizza in Rochester says they expect to deliver about 600 to 1,000 pizzas on game-day, compared to 250 on an average Sunday. In anticipation of the rush, Toppers management scheduled a full staff. 

"It gets pretty crowded, basically, it comes down to everyone knowing where they need to be," said Teer. "Once you get so many people in here, you can't be moving around too much, you end up bumping into each other people, get into each other's ways, so it just ends up being just pick a spot, and hunker down and kinda just grind through it."

By 4:30 pm, phones were ringing off the hook, and orders were placed for pick-up and delivery around half-time.  

"Since I've gotten here at 3:30, I've stocked that front freezer a couple times, bringing up arm-full of pizza," said Colin Lange, Manager at Mr. Pizza South. 

Keith Allen, the area supervisor at Toppers Pizza says although sales nearly triple, it's not the busiest day for pizza orders. 

"A lot of people assume the Superbowl is the busiest of the year, and really it's not," said Allen. "I'd say it really is the busiest hour of the year."

While pizzerias were busy making dough and chicken wings, the National Chicken Council says Americans will eat a record-breaking 1.3 billion wings over the Super Bowl weekend. To put that into perspective, that's 625 wings on every seat in all 32 NFL stadiums.

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