Super Bowl LIV To Cost Miami-Dade Municipalities Nearly $20M
Super Bowl LIV will cost three of Miami-Dade County's largest municipal governments nearly $20M over time, as local governments have "spent or plan to commit" more than $15M in "cash contributions to the host committee, security bills, municipal fee waivers and partial payments for parks improvements," according to Joey Flechas of the MIAMI HERALD. The "costs of football fields and lighting improvements to Miami’s waterfront are being split between the NFL and government agencies." However, Miami-Dade County will pay another $4M to the Dolphins for "attracting the game." Those payments will not start until '24. Cities are "preparing to pay their own police officers and firefighters for the extra work of securing the Super Bowl and satellite events." Miami's Downtown Development Authority "plans to cover half of the $600,000 price tag for permanent LED lighting on the Baywalk" to accompany the "Super Bowl Live" attraction, while the NFL has "agreed to pay the other half under a resolution approved by Miami commissioners in July." That money has "not yet been disbursed, pending a grant request from the host committee." The bulk of Miami Beach's expenses associated with the game "are coming in the form of fee waivers" totaling $1.2M. The city also is putting $350,000 toward a new $1M football field for Miami Beach Senior High School, an expense to be "split with the league and school district" (MIAMI HERALD, 8/17).