HOUSTON — The Super Bowl can mean big bucks for the host city.

More 150,000 visitors came to Houston during Super Bowl LI two years ago. It was undoubtedly a huge playmaker for the local economy: hotels, airports and businesses all benefited. Visitors spent over $292 million, according to a consulting firm that crunched the numbers.

The NFL reportedly dropped a $347 million on the Greater Houston economy – that’s not including the price for the exposure the big game generated.

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But it is still not certain how much the city benefited from its hosting duties.

To make money, city, county and state leaders had to spend money, too – $235 million to be exact. Those tax dollars went towards renovations and upgrades to buildings, roads and beautification projects.

Those projects included:

  • $175 million – George R. Brown Convention Center and Avenida de las Americas renovations
  • $30 million – upgrade for streets around NRG Stadium
  • $15 million – Broadway Street improvements near Hobby Airport
  • $12 million – Main Street beautification
  • $3 million NRG park improvements

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But here is the kicker: Private companies helped, and they’re not required to turn over their totals. So, the figures got a bit fumbled.

And because of that, we may never know exactly how much was spent on all those enhancements and what Houston made off the 2017 Super Bowl.