SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — All eyes are on the Bay Area during the Super Bowl festivities leading up to the big game.
Several mayors from around the region said they have been working together to make this event a success.
“We know that our economies are much stronger if we are working in collaberation,” San Francisco mayor Ed Lee said.
“This really has been a team effort,” Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf said.
“We’ve all got a lot to gain here,” San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo said.
The mayors from Santa Clara, San Franciso, San Jose and Oakland said they have been working together to make sure the Super Bowl fun was spread out around the Bay Area, so the entire regional economy can benefit.
Liccardo suggests that making this celebration a success could possiblly help land a bigger, international sporting event.
“I think this is going to be a very inviting place for big events and moving forward with the Olympics or anything else,” Liccardo said. “It’s helpful to go through the fire drill. We know security, transportation, all those are issues that are major challenges, and I think the region is really putting a great foot forward.”
After the press briefing was over, KRON asked Liccardo if Super Bowl 50 was just a practice run–and he clarified.
“There is no conspiracy forming right now to put forward an Olympic bid,” Liccardo said.
But he also said the work they have put in for Super Bowl 50 could pay off in the future.
“With major events like this, it’s helpful for us to understand how we can do it, so if the opportunity comes along we are ready,” Liccardo said.
The mayor of Santa Clara said venues like the newly built Levi’s Stadium makes the Bay Area that much more attractive.
“When we come together, we have so many wonderful facilities,” Jamie Matthews said. “…It puts us in the running for something like that. I’m just excited what the future holds.”
The CEO of the Super Bowl 50 host committee said he’s happy with making the NFL a repeat customer.
“One of the things we are trying to do is do a great job with this Super Bowl, so we have the right to get it back here in five or six years,” CEO Keith Bruce said.