Supervisor Mark Farrell's Statement on the Controller's Super Bowl 50 Economic Impact Report

Supervisor Mark Farrell’s statement on the Controller’s Super Bowl 50 Economic Impact Report

“The ink on the economic impact of Super Bowl 50 is now dry, and San Francisco benefited from hosting the big game to the tune of an additional $2 million dollars added to our General Fund. Not only did San Francisco once again shine in the international spotlight, but hundreds of thousands of Bay Area residents were able to participate in the free civic activities, and we now have an additional $2 million to put towards our parks, public safety, and combatting homelessness.”

“The revenue San Francisco gained from hosting the historic big game far outweighed our City’s costs, and do not even reflect the historic $13 million donated to local charities from the Super Bowl Host Committee, the free marketing and exposure San Francisco received on the world stage for over a week, or the thousands of local workers and small businesses who benefitted from the over 1 million people who visited San Francisco for Super Bowl 50.”

“During the lead-up to the big game, many criticized the City’s costs for hosting Super Bowl 50, and now those criticisms should hopefully be put to bed where they belong. I know that the Super Bowl 50 festivities caused some inconveniences for our residents, but this report proves once and for all that San Francisco was made whole and then some.”

“Hosting events like the Super Bowl is what world-class cities do, and San Francisco is a world-class city. I look forward to welcoming similar events that energize our City and the entire region.”

The Controller’s Super Bowl 50: City Budget Impact Report can be found in full here: http://sfcontroller.org/sites/default/files/SB%2050%20May%209%202016.pdf.

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