February 4, 2021
The Big Game: By the Numbers

Millions of Americans will tune into Super Bowl LV this Sunday to watch the Kansas City Chiefs faceoff against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Let’s look at some Super Bowl fast facts: 

-Pre-pandemic: host cities could add approximately $100 million in taxable sales for an overall $30 million to $130 million economic impact.

-Last year, Super Bowl LIV resulted in $572 million in new spending in the South Florida area. With visitor groups spending an average of $1781 per day (an average of $593 per person).

-The Buccaneers will become the first team to play in the Super Bowl at their home stadium.

-22,000 fans will be welcomed into Raymond James Stadium. This is compared to its full 65,000 fans before the pandemic. 7,500 spectators will be vaccinated health care workers who were given free tickets.

-Do not forget the commercials! The average cost of a 30-second Super Bowl commercial is approximately $5.6 million according to Ad Age.

A host city has the potential for massive economic impact. With COVID-19 mitigations, experts state that Tampa Bay may not see as large of an impact. As a result, Tampa Bay may receive consideration to host the next available Super Bowl. 
COVID-19 Related News

Johnson & Johnson requests emergency-use authorization for their vaccine candidate. 

Senate Democrats approve fast-track for COVID-19 relief. 

The European head of the World Health Organization states his concern over COVID-19 vaccine efficacy against variants. 

Illinois will be ramping up vaccine distribution in the coming weeks.

Health officials urge individuals to refrain from gatherings on Super Bowl Sunday. 

The UI Senate will vote on whether to offer a Pass COVID/No Pass COVID option for students this year. 

UI President Tim Killeen said that COVID-19 may eventually cost the University of Illinois half a billion dollars.

In Other News

Former Illinois State Senator Sam McCann was indicted on charges of fraud and tax evasion.

Illinois Republican Senators introduce their new Voter Empowerment Package.

The City of Urbana holds a virtual lottery for ballot placement. 
Bids and RFPs

City of Urbana- Request for Quotes: Postcard Mailing to Residents.
Champaign County- None at this time. 
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