News

Discover how a Super Bowl game ball is made

Discover how a Super Bowl game ball is made

FOOTBALL FACTORY: NFL footballs are made in Ohio. Photo: Associated Press

Every NFL game ball is still made in America, mostly by hand.

Official game balls for the NFL football Super Bowl XLVIII are made at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio. The company has been the maker of the official NFL game balls since 1941. These photos were taken on Jan. 21 at the company’s factory, which opened in 1955, and according to Wilson is the only “dedicated football factory in the world.” Employing 120 people, the factory produces about 700,000 footballs annually, including all NFL games balls, and those for the NCAA and some high school conferences.

AP102069361280

AP153407876799

AP164905366213

AP197230542260

AP297201482095

AP359550239955

AP436134138041

AP613073926705

AP653516864745

AP706786760597

AP734248344085

The Seattle Seahawks will play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 in New Jersey.

Latest Headlines

in Local

Cutler Attacks LePage Over GNP Deal

CUTLER

Independent Eliot Cutler is continuing to attack Gov. Paul LePage over a deal that aimed to save Great Northern Paper, saying taxpayers are on the hook for $15.9 million over seven years.

in Local

Lawsuit Targets Maine IF&W Over Bear Baiting Vote

GENERIC BEAR

A group that wants to abolish bear baiting is suing to stop the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife from campaigning against an upcoming statewide referendum.

in Local

Maine Residents’ Personal Income Increases

GENERIC MONEY LARGE

Maine residents' income rose during the April to June quarter.

in Local

LePage Lauds Donation to Domestic Violence Group

governorlepage

Gov. Paul LePage is applauding a $25,000 donation to a group in Maine that is working to prevent domestic violence.

in Local

Senate Rejects LePage UMS Board Nominee Dench

GENERIC MAINE STATE HOUSE LARGE

The Democratic-controlled Maine Senate has denied one of Republican Gov. Paul LePage's nominees to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.