2020 Super Bowl

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

The Super Bowl often serves as a platform for bringing up more serious issues, even under the guise of an entertaining halftime show. This year, two Latina superstars, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, headlined for the first time and that came with all sorts of symbolism.

Uber Rides to Miami Beach Cost Upwards of $335 After Super Bowl

Feb 3, 2020
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Rideshare prices surged as the Super Bowl ended on Sunday night — a one-way trip to South Beach from Miami Gardens reached $335 for an UberXL at 11:30 p.m. — but that’s not all that upset fans leaving Hard Rock Stadium.

It was the walking, the confusion and the lack of supply to meet their demand.

  

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Hours before the Super Bowl LIV began at the Hard Rock Stadium, organizers and residents of Miami Gardens protested against the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix, set to take place at the stadium next year. 

Just a block away from the football game, the Unrepresented People’s Positive Action Council (UP-PAC) led the protest. County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, who represents the cities of Opa-Locka and Miami Gardens, also joined.

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This year's Super Bowl commercials were packed with superstar cameos and in-your-face messages — from Ellen DeGeneres

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If you were one of countless Americans who held a little Super Bowl shindig, perhaps you went a bit overboard with the food prep.

Updated at 12:15 a.m. Monday

The long wait is over for Kansas City. The Chiefs are Super Bowl champions for the first time in 50 years.

After a slow start in Super Bowl LIV, the Chiefs pulled off yet another double-digit comeback in the playoffs.

The Chiefs, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, navigated the San Francisco 49ers' defensive pressure by the fourth quarter. His two long touchdown passes took the Chiefs to a 31-20 victory Sunday over the 49ers.

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When the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC championship earlier this month, Miami Chef Brad Kilgore’s plans for Super Bowl Week went from “just a busy, fun week here in Miami, to maybe the most important week I’ve had since my wedding,” he said, laughing.

Cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami is a distinct pleasure for Kilgore. The Magic City chef is a Kansas City native — and he’s got big plans for watching his first hometown team play in his adopted hometown’s stadium.

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On this Thursday, Jan. 30, episode of Sundial:

Why are Broward schools losing students?

A number of Broward County Schools are facing a serious drop in student enrollment. Earlier this week at a school board meeting, proposals to consolidate the schools were up for consideration. 

"[At the meeting] there wasn't much support from parents for consolidating schools,” says Scott Travis, education reporter for the Sun Sentinel.

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Jose Melendez, who lives in San Francisco, was visiting Miami about a week before the Super Bowl. He said he’s planning to cheer on his team from afar.

“I’m not going. I can’t afford it. It’s too expensive,” he said with a laugh, wearing a bright red 49ers jersey at the Super Bowl LIVE Experience, a free festival that the local host committee organized.

 

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On this Wednesday, Jan. 29, episode of Sundial:

A local infectious-disease expert on Coronavirus

Thousands of visitors are descending upon Miami for the Super Bowl LIV this weekend and with concerns about the coronavirus, Miami International Airport has installed quarantine stations with dedicated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff to screen for the disease.

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On this Tuesday, Jan. 28, episode of Sundial:

Outdated prison sentences in Florida 

An upcoming Florida State University study shows there are hundreds of Florida inmates currently serving outdated drug sentences that are no longer in state law. The study finds women (specifically Hispanic women) are being disproportionately impacted by these sentences. 

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As the Super Bowl approaches on Feb. 2, a more South Florida sports match ended Saturday, recognizing veteran and amateur python hunters.

Jessica Bakeman / WLRN

There were lots of Miami Dolphins hats and University of Miami T-shirts floating around the Miami Beach Convention Center for the Super Bowl Experience event, which started this weekend and runs through next Saturday.

But South Florida football fans also showed love for the two teams competing in the big game Feb. 2 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

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Restaurants, bars and hotels are gearing up for a potential surge in business from visitors ahead of Super Bowl LIV. The primetime game at Hard Rock stadium and the series of events leading up to it are expected to generate millions of dollars in revenues for the region. Miami’s Super Bowl Host Committee hasn’t come up with an official number, but projections from last year’s game in Atlanta from the city’s metro chamber were around $400 million in revenues. But that number could be overinflated.

Miami Beach Police Department

Next month, tens of thousands of people will flock to South Florida for Super Bowl LIV.

 

But the Miami Beach police department has been preparing for almost a year.

 

They hosted a town hall Thursday night to talk about traffic, safety and all the events happening around the city.

 

Greg Terp, vice president of the Miami Super Bowl host committee, shared his confidence in hosting the big game.

 

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