Mayor ‘pretty confident’ South Florida will be in rotation for future Super Bowls

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez says he accepted free ticket from Dolphins owner, but paid for wife’s ticket

Palm trees sway outside Hard Rock Stadium the day after Super Bowl LIV, Feb. 3, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Florida. (WPLG)

MIAMI – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez praised his community a day after hosting an NFL-record 11th Super Bowl.

Gimenez said Monday that he believes Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium “came off about as good as it could come off.”

Rodney Barreto, chairman of the Super Bowl LIV Host Committee, gave South Florida an “A+” and said he expects the Miami area got “in excess of $150 million in free publicity.”

“I couldn’t be prouder of Miami-Dade than I am today,” Gimenez said.

Gimenez also dismissed a Miami Herald report that he received two free tickets to the game from Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.

“I had official duties, so there was one ticket that I accepted and I will be reporting it,” Gimenez said. “And I got an ethics commission saying that everything will be OK. I wanted my wife to be with me at the event and I paid for her ticket.”

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez says he feels "pretty confident" that Hard Rock Stadium will be in the rotation for future Super Bowls. (WPLG)

Gimenez said he hopes that South Florida will be in a rotation for future Super Bowls.

“I’m pretty confident that Miami’s going to be one of those rotation cities,” he said.

Tampa will host next year’s Super Bowl, followed by greater Los Angeles and the Phoenix area. The next available Super Bowl is in 2025.

“I got to believe after yesterday’s game and all the festivities leading up to the big game that they like what they saw in Miami,” Barreto said.

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Ian Margol joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Born in Miami Beach and raised in Broward County, Ian is thrilled to be back home in South Florida.