The 49ers Are Downtown Miami’s Team (Chiefs Are In Aventura); Miami Gardens Leader Complains Super Bowl Transfers Wealth From Poor To Rich

If you still can’t decide which team to root for in the Super Bowl, you might want to cheer for the team staying in your neighborhood this week.

The San Francisco 49ers are staying at downtown Miami’s 41-story JW Marriott Marquis hotel at Met 2, according to the Herald.

Amenities at the property include a basketball court that the hotel says is NBA approved.

MDM Development Group built the hotel, and is also planning a much larger Marriott Marquis convention hotel at Miami Worldcenter.

Their Super Bowl opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs, are staying at the Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, where a large water park called Tidal Cove recently opened.

Miami-Dade county taxpayers are spending $1 million for the hotel rooms, as part of $4 million cash subsidy. Total cost to taxpayers is estimated at $20 million, according to a Herald analysis.

A bill from the JW Marriott came to $222,609, while bills from Turnberry were $777,391. The total bill somehow equaled exactly what the county agreed to spend on hotels.

The head of the Miami Gardens Chamber of Commerce went on Fox Business yesterday to complain that poor and middle income residents of Miami are being taxed and receive little or no benefit in return, while rich players, owners, and fans are either profiting or benefiting. In effect, money is being taken from the poor and given to the rich, he implied.

Miami’s Super Bowl Host Committee told the Herald that if Miami taxpayers don’t provide the funding, the NFL will hold the game elsewhere.

Miami is in the mix to host another Super Bowl in 2026 or 2027.

 

(photo: phillip pessar)

 

 

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Long MIA
11 months ago

Miami is the greatest thing to happen for the Super Bowl from an on-ground, sponsor activation perspective. No other market is a better look for NFL than Miami. Cities and M-D County should be negotiating from a strong position going forward. NFL needs greater Miami more than greater Miami needs NFL.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Lobbyists are getting paid a percentage of the NFL’s take. M-D County doesn’t know how to negotiate on taxpayers behalf.

Anonymous
11 months ago

LOL. NFL is spoiled for choice for super bowl host cities. Cheers.

Anonymous
11 months ago

The escorts are making plenty.

Anonymous
11 months ago

And Uber drivers

Anonymous
11 months ago

If it were solely based on fan experience, it would be in Miami every year. But it’s based on which taxpayer base they can screw the most.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Dear Miami Gardens, if you want ppl to stay in your city, clean it up. No one is stopping you from being “world class”. Only hotel is the “stadium hotel” which looks like a hookup motel. Be thankful the stadium is in your city. Literally the only thing you have going for you. Great local boost for your little economy. Not only do the concession workers have an extra day to work, but the Walmart, and surrounding businesses will have a nice boost that day.

Just saying, maybe we build a new stadium at Meslee instead of soccer…that would be great.

Anonymous
11 months ago

That would be great. Thanks, Lumbergh.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Yes, I live in miami gardens and proud. I don’t want the superbowl in miami gardens. Why should we be thankful. The NFL didn’t spend anything for any activities in MG. Superfest is supported by MG for MG.

Anonymous
11 months ago

The NFL didn’t give any money to Miami Gardens for a legacy project. Considering the actual event is there, that’s a slap in the face. Why do Miami and Miami Beach get legacy projects, but not Miami Gardens?

Anonymous
11 months ago

LOL. $20 million to the NFL *and* all the profits.

POLO
11 months ago

You want to play, you got to pay!

Anonymous
11 months ago

Looks like someone didn’t get their cut. Someone should tell him many of his city’s poor residents will be making extra money this week thanks to the Super Bowl.

Anonymous
11 months ago

making extra money where/how? Enjoying punching down again uh? So easy.

Anonymous
11 months ago

Miami Gardens and Opa-Locka, truly bastidons of great, transparent government. Also, what “middle income” people still live in those cities?

Anonymous
11 months ago

true. its bastions btw

Anonymous
11 months ago

Hmmm…transferring wealth from the poor to the rich?

Anonymous
11 months ago

#1. Miami Gardens Chamber of Commerce is an oxymoron.
#2. Ive dealt with this Andre Williams guy….he isnt too bright. People who truly advance Commerce dont say stupid stuff like that.
#3. “Reimbursed for public safety”??? Turn on ChNnel 7 tonight, I guarantee that there is a shooting, robbery, or car chase in “Nortwest Miami-Dade”. <<<that's code for Miami Gardens.