Super Bowl Comes to Miami

Ethan Melendi, Contributing Writer

Jan 27, 2020; Miami, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs center Austin Reiter (62) signs autographs during Super Bowl LIV Opening Night at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Defelice-USA TODAY Sports

For what will be the 11th time, the Super Bowl will return once again to the sunny shores of South Florida. There is no arguing that Miami can only make the experience much better for those who are skilled enough to go. During the week leading up to the big game, all of South Florida’s metropolitan areas and beaches will be turned into parties and events for people to enjoy. “Super Bowl City” consists of various ares starting from Bay Front Park and end at the Perez Art Museum.

 Miami fought hard to get the Superbowl in their city for the 2020 season. In 2016, Miami beat out Tampa with a 14 Million dollar bid to have the Super Bowl and Tampa will host the super bowl in 2021. With Miami about to become the city with the most hosted super bowl’s on record and it being the 100th anniversary of the NFL, it’s only fitting that Miami would be the site for the 54th super bowl.

 The Super Bowl can affect a city in both good and bad ways. the game is a great way to boost a city’s tourism. It also benefits businesses. All the events that are prepared for the big game generate increases in revenue. According to an article in “USA Today,” the 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis brought $370 million to the city’s economy. Also, tour companies offer travel packages with a Super Bowl twist to it. Most of the events will be happening in Downtown Miami. Some residents in the area are not looking forward to the increase in crowds and events in the area.

“Downtown Miami during the Super Bowl will be a nightmare for us. If there were a way to sum up what I think it would be like, I would compare it to New York. The amount of events that will be taking place and the amount of tourists and fans there will be massive. Traffic is already bad enough in downtown, but this will make it like bumper to bumper. And I doubt it will be quiet either. I hope the city does something to help us out with this,” said Brickell resident Alexander Dalmau. 

Key Biscayne residents expect to feel the impact of having the Super Bowl in Miami.

“Usually whenever a lot of big events happen near Key Biscayne, we receive a lot of the backlash from it such as when people are done partying or whatever, they usually like heading to Key Biscayne because it’s a lot more quiet. Sometimes they party on the beaches, or go to bars and restaurants in the area. It’s really bad for us because it generates a lot of noise and traffic, especially considering we only have one way off the island. It’s really dangerous for us as well because the crime goes up when people are impaired after the parties, and we’re not used to that,” said Key Biscayne resident Paulino Mercenari. 

The events will all be taking place the week leading up to the Super Bowl, and the big game will be at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on February 2nd, 2020.