Debating the economic benefits to cities and countries that host major sporting events like the World Cup or the Olympics is nothing new. New facilities are built, billions of dollars are spent hosting the event, and some years, people are even displaced from their homes.
That conversation traditionally hasn’t extended to more domestic events like the Super Bowl, however, because the stadiums are in place and the event is simply a one-day affair. But now, Glendale mayor Jerry Weiers has suggested Super Bowl XLIX may not be such an economic boon for the area.
“I totally believe we will lose money on this,” he told Mina Kimes of ESPN The Magazine, adding, “This Super Bowl was promised before I became mayor. There wasn’t any backing out.”