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Fort Worth seeks $2.26 million in Super Bowl costs covered

FORT WORTH - City leaders are asking for $2.26 million from the state to cover local expenses - on everything from sanding and snow removal to police, fire and bomb squad work - related to the Super Bowl XLV in February, city documents show.

A breakdown of Fort Worth-related expenses submitted to a special state fund for the big game shows the city spent the largest chunk of funds - nearly $1.7 million - on various police expenses, including salaries and overtime at the game and downtown, where EPSN hosted national broadcasts and the AFC champion Pittsburg Steelers were house at the Omni.

Other non-police expenses included street sweeping, overtime, bomb squad and fire operations, transportation for public safety individuals, TCU police, Med Star and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, city documents submitted for reimbursement show.

"We scrubbed our numbers carefully well before the event," Mayor Mike Moncrief said. "We knew what this would entail with public security, transportation ... and inclement weather we dealt with.

"That's the purpose of the fund," he said. "I don't anticipate any hiccups."

The city sent its list of expenses last week to the state, asking to be paid back by the North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee and the Major Events Trust Fund, set up by the state legislature to help cities land big events such as the Super Bowl.

The city spent about $2.3 million, but the $2.26 million requested in reimbursement doesn't take into account hotel occupancy taxes the city will receive, Assistant City Manager Susan Alanis said.

When all the calculations are finished, Alanis predicted the Super Bowl will end up being a "net positive" for Fort Worth. But she said the final analysis of the Super Bowl's benefit won't come until the North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee completes an economic impact study.

Arlington, home of Cowboys Stadium, has already turned in paperwork seeking $2.7 million to cover public safety, ice and snow removal, and other costs related to hosting the Super Bowl.

The host committee hasn't submitted its receipts for reimbursement, waiting for cities to first be paid back for expenses, said Tony Fay, the host committee's communications vice president.

Any committee expenses not covered by the trust fund will be covered by $23 million in private donations and sponsorships the committee collected to host the Super Bowl. "We're in good shape," Fay said. "We'll be able to make it work."

Fay said additional dollars requested by Fort Worth and Dallas from the trust fund are "negligible" and would not affect the host committee's ability to cover its own expenses.

"Everybody knew it would be a little higher because of the inclement weather," Fay said.

Staff writer Bill Hanna contributed to this report.

Anna M. Tinsley, 817-390-7610

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