The Tampa Bay Buccaneers dominated Super Bowl LV but once Tom Brady kneeled down for the final time, all that bettors wanted to know is what color Bruce Arians' Gatorade shower going to be.
It wasn't immediately clear as the broadcast didn't show it but Twitter tells us blue was the winning color at Super Bowl 55:
2021 Gatorade color odds
Blue cashed as a massive underdog, coming in at closing odds of +500 or more at many online betting sites. Orange was the pre-game favorite, although red had seen a big move in the lead up to the Big Game as both teams had red in their uniform colors.
Here are the closing odds for the Gatorade shower:
Odds courtesy Sports Interaction (Canada)
Super Bowl 55 Gatorade bath Color Pick: Blue +675
There's a bit of steam towards red/pink this year, since both the Chiefs and Bucs feature red prominently in their team colors. But red Gatorade has never been used by a Super Bowl winner this century, and that includes Tampa Bay in 2003 and Kansas City last year.
This is definitely the sort of bet that fans put more thought into than the actual people in charge of making the decision. If you were drinking Gatorade, or the person ordering it for your team, would you really care what color it is?
If you like completely irrelevant betting trends you might lean towards Orange, especially with five of the last 11 Gatorade baths being classic Orange—including Andy Reid's last year. But I'm gonna take a stab at Blue at +675, especially with a surprising sales report from Gatorade in December which stated that "Cool Blue" was their highest sold flavor in the US (yes, I'm shocked too).
Pick made on Feb. 2
Super Bowl Gatorade bath betting explained
The Super Bowl Gatorade bath is a fun Big Game tradition that’s decades old and has sparked one of the most unique exotic prop bets in all of sports, allowing you to bet on the color of the Gatorade bath.
What is the Super Bowl Gatorade bath?
The Gatorade bath – or Gatorade shower as it’s also known – usually comes towards the end of the game when the result is all but official or after the final whistle blows and a Super Bowl winner is crowned.
Players grab a cooler full of Gatorade (or water) and ambush their coach on the sideline with a freezing shower of ice cubes and colorful sports drink. This fun moment contrasts the stressfulness and seriousness head coaches carry into the Super Bowl and kicks off the postgame celebrations.
Super Bowl Gatorade bath prop bets
Gatorade bath bets are among the number of exotic Super Bowl props set for the annual NFL championship game. Unlike most Super Bowl odds, this prop isn’t directly tied to the results on the field and is graded outside of the box score, much like the coin toss, the length of the national anthem, or halftime show props. The Gatorade bath is often captured by the TV broadcast and graded based on that image.
Most Super Bowl betting sites will offer Gatorade bath props for the Super Bowl, as well as other exotics around the national anthem or halftime show.
However, most state-regulated sportsbooks are not authorized to offer odds on the color of the Gatorade bath, including operators in Nevada, due to the unofficial grading of this prop bet.
That said, New Jersey and Indiana sportsbooks received permission to offer prop betting on the color of the Gatorade bath for the first time for Super Bowl LIV.
How to bet on the Gatorade bath
Along with other Super Bowl odds, sportsbooks set odds on the color of the Super Bowl Gatorade bath, basing those potential returns on trends from past Super Bowls, team colorways, and popular colors of Gatorade. The list includes all available colors of Gatorade as well as Water/Clear.
These odds are most often set in moneyline formats, such as Orange +200. This means for every $10 you wager you could win $20 if Orange is the color of the Gatorade bath (a $100 bet would win $200).
The favored team to win the Super Bowl often sees its team colors higher up on the Gatorade bath odds board, due to the fact that it has a higher probability of winning the game and delivering the ceremonial soaking.
Gatorade color prop
Oddsmakers will often set colors associated with the competing Super Bowl teams among the favorite colors for the bath as well as place Water/Clear near the top of the board since they know that every team will always have coolers filled with water on the sideline.
Popular color flavors like Orange, Blue, and Yellow/Green are also often among the shorter odds available. Colors and odds will vary from sportsbook to sportsbook based on the oddsmakers’ opinion and betting handle.
Super bowl Gatorade color history
The Gatorade bath began in the 1980s and quickly became one of the most lighthearted moments of Super Bowl Sunday. But it wasn’t until the boom in online sports betting during the late 90s that betting on the color of the Gatorade bath became popular.
Going back to 2001, Orange is the weapon of choice for Super Bowl-winning teams, being used five times as the Gatorade bath, followed by Clear (4), Yellow (4), Blue (3), and Purple (2). Four head coaches have come out bone dry without a Gatorade bath in that time frame.
|Super Bowl||Gatorade Color||Winning Team||Winning Coach|
|55||Blue||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Bruce Arians|
|54||Orange||Kansas City Chiefs||Andy Reid|
|53||Blue||New England Patriots||Bill Belichick|
|52||Yellow||Philadelphia Eagles||Doug Pederson|
|51||None||New England Patriots||Bill Belichick|
|50||Orange||Denver Broncos||Gary Kubiak|
|49||Blue||New England Patriots||Bill Belichick|
|48||Orange||Seattle Seahawks||Pete Carroll|
|47||None||Baltimore Ravens||John Harbaugh|
|46||Purple||New York Giants||Tom Coughlin|
|45||Orange||Green Bay Packers||Mike McCarthy|
|44||Orange||New Orleans Saints||Sean Payton|
|43||Yellow||Pittsburgh Steelers||Mike Tomlin|
|42||Clear||New York Giants||Tom Coughlin|
|41||Clear||Indianapolis Colts||Tony Dungy|
|40||Clear||Pittsburgh Steelers||Bill Cowher|
|39||Clear||New England Patriots||Bill Belichick|
|38||None||New England Patriots||Bill Belichick|
|37||Purple||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Jon Gruden|
|36||None||New England Patriots||Bill Belichick|
|35||Yellow||Baltimore Ravens||Brian Billick|
Gatorade bath betting rules
The Gatorade bath betting rules will depend on the individual book and how it's grading this exotic prop. As some winning coaches are subjected to multiple baths, sportsbooks may stipulate or grade the correct color on the first bath or they may pay out both colors used.
There have been instances in which no bath was given, and some books offer this as a betting option. However, if no Gatorade bath takes place and it wasn’t an option on the odds board, it is up to the book to either grade this prop no action and refund all bets or grade all bets as losers.
As this is a Super Bowl bet that isn’t defined in the box score, the grading and ruling on this prop is subject to whatever the TV broadcast shows or what is captured by photographers.
Instant replay: Super Bowl Gatorade color props
The Gatorade bath is a fun betting market that is quite popular at every Super Bowl.
- Orange has been the historic favorite color for the Gatorade bath and has been used 5 times in the last 20 years.
- Blue was dumped in 2021 and has now been the color of choice in two of the last three seasons.
- The odds for various colors are often related to the teams playing, so watch for line movement once the Super Bowl teams are known.
Super Bowl Gatorade bath FAQs
Can I bet on the color of the Gatorade shower for the Super Bowl?
Yes, depending on if legal sportsbooks in your region offer odds on the Super Bowl Gatorade shower.
What color will the Gatorade shower be at the Super Bowl?
Over the past 20 years, orange has been the most popular color of the Gatorade shower, being used five times. Blue was used in 2021 for Super Bowl 55.
What’s the most popular color of Gatorade shower at the Super Bowl?
Orange is the most popular color of Gatorade shower at the Super Bowl, being used five times since 2000.