As Kansas City gears up for another chance to bring home the Lombardi trophy, it is safe to say that things look a whole lot different than last year. Most people know that the host city for any Super Bowl will reap large economic benefits from fans traveling to watch the big game. And if you were in KC for Super Bowl LIV, everywhere you went was a sea of red. But what impact will Covid-19 have?
In 2020 it was estimated that over 20,000 people watched the big game in the Power & Light District, lining up at the doors as early as 7 a.m. to secure their spots amongst the throngs of Chief’s fans. People were packed into bars, restaurants, clubs, and private homes to see the city’s beloved team battle to become world champions for the first time in 50 years. This year, the organization’s ‘Run It Back’ campaign is even more of a sensation as many have a renewed confidence in this young team.
But what will the nightlife scene look like amid COVID restrictions? Hopefully, this will bring forth a much-needed economic boost for bars and restaurants albeit on a much smaller scale than last year. One of the greatest aspects of Kansas City is the love resident’s share for the local teams and many want to feel the comradery with their fellow Kansas Citians in an electric atmosphere. Though the volume of individuals will be significantly less, the patronage on Sunday will likely have a tremendous impact on these businesses and increase their chances of sustainability.
Whatever your plans are for the game on Sunday, consider supporting a local bar or restaurant. Many offer carry out/catering services and to-go alcoholic beverages. Our new normal may prevent massive celebrations, but it should not hold us back from helping our local businesses during this exciting time. Hopefully another new normal can be KC winning championships!
The Game is Sunday Feb 7th, 5:30 PM Central Time