On Wednesday, historic crowds filled the streets of Seattle to celebrate the first ever Super Bowl victory for the Seattle Seahawks.
Parties this big are never free, so how much did the Seahawks Super Bowl Victory Celebration cost and who paid for it?
Parade permit fees are billed according to the Special Event Permit Fee Schedule, which is set per City Ordinance. The Seahawks paid the $36,140 Special Event Permit Fee in advance of the event.
Also per City Ordinance, the Special Event Permit fee includes use of permitted City right of way and SPD staffing costs for vehicle traffic control along the parade route. No-parking barricades, traffic detour signs, and porta-potties erected along the parade route were contracted and paid for by the Seahawks.
The Seahawks contracted CleanScapes to perform street sweeps and trash pickups immediately following the parade which lasted into Wednesday evening. CleanScapes contracted with the Seattle Department of Transportation for use of four street sweepers for six hours each, which totaled approximately $5,500, a cost paid for by the Seahawks.
Additional parade-related costs included costs incurred by the Police Department, the Fire Department and Seattle Department of Transportation.
Police officers were deployed across the parade route to provide crowd control and address any public safety issues that may have arisen.
The Fire Department provided medical support personnel to assist with potential issues among the parade viewers, including those associated with the cold temperatures. The Fire Department also had staff and equipment pre-deployed for rapid response to any significant emergency incident.
The Seattle Department of Transportation was involved in preparing the parade route for closure and then cleaning the streets after the event.
For all three departments, the City costs were primarily driven by personnel expenditures. Until personnel time is recorded in the City’s payroll system and determinations are made about what portion of the costs can be directly attributed to the parade, versus the base level of personnel that would have been on duty, and what share of staff time must be paid at overtime rates, we cannot provide a specific estimate of the City’s direct costs.
Once these costs are determined, they be will be submitted to the Seahawks for reimbursement.