The Coca-Cola Co. has decided to advertise during the Super Bowl for the first time in nine years.

The US soft drinks giant will run two commercials from its The Coke Side Of Life campaign during American football's showpiece event, which will be held in Florida on 4 February.

Sandy Douglas, president, Coca-Cola North America called the event "ultimate appointment programming". He added: "We also look forward to surprising viewers with a special new ad that will debut during the game."

The company declined to reveal how much it was spending on a spot during Super Bowl but a 30-second ad during the event can cost US$2.5m, according to AdWeek magazine.