Tensions are mounting among South Florida tourism leaders as they wrestle with the potential problem of accommodating two major events in February 2016.
South Florida leadership could field a divided team for the National Football League’s 50th Super Bowl if it can’t resolve a potential conflict with the Miami International Boat Show.
A recent planning meeting at Sun Life Stadium for a 2016 Super Bowl bid reportedly got heated when Miami-Dade tourism director William Talbert repeated his position that Miami can’t play host to the Super Bowl and the boat show on the same weekend.
The NFL might want to move its championship to President’s Day Weekend, the boat show’s home for decades, and the potential overlap has caused a rift among the key players that helped give South Florida a record 10 Super Bowls.
“We’re a big city that can hold multiple events in our town,’’ Rodney Barreto, the longtime head of South Florida’s Super Bowl Host Committee, told the Miami Herald. “I’m not totally convinced the boat show needs to move.”