PHOENIX - Super Bowl 50 injected $11.6 million into the San Francisco economy, according to the city controller.
The San Francisco Controller Ben Rosenfield's office released Monday said events surrounding the Feb. 7 game – actually played 45 miles away in Santa Clara -- were a boon to the city's coffers, netting the city a net surplus of $2 million after expenses of $9.6 million. General fund revenues totaled $7.3 million, the report said, a $2.6 million surplus after a $4.7 million general fund expense. The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee estimated that 1.1 million fans attended festivities set up around the game, and San Francisco International Airport passenger volume was up 12.3% over the nine days of Super Bowl events.
"Hosting Super Bowl 50 was a boon to San Francisco, to the region and to Bay Area charities, said Mayor Ed Lee in a statement. "And, the controller's report now confirms that hosting Super Bowl 50 has had an overall positive impact on our city's bottom line."
The largest revenue driver was hotel taxes of $6.2 million, while the largest expense was police at $4 million. Out of town attendance was estimated at 300,000 people. Taxes generated go directly toward funding city services, said Lee. Next year's game will be played in Houston, Tex.