SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Hosting Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco came with a nearly $3 million price tag to keep police patrolling the streets of the city.
The city spent $7.6 million for police services in February of 2016, compared with $2.1 million for February 2015, and just $1.7 million for the same month in 2014, according to the controller’s office.
Take out the Chinese New Year Parade, and Black Lives Matter demonstrations, the price of policing the Super Bowl Host City crept up to about $2.9 million.
“We estimated to be about $1.7 million. It was increased by the fact that attendance was larger than we had expected. We had to close the village twice, and we did have more demonstrations than we anticipated,” San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said.
At the same time, the city also made an extra $5 million in hotel taxes, plus other taxes.
“We’re still assessing the revenue we hope to generate, and what the real costs are, but news like this does certainly concern me about what other cost overruns there might have been,” Supervisor Jane Kim said.