Super Bowl 2020: We’re Going to Miami (Welcome to Miami)

January 27, 2020      By Ultimate Software

Ultimate Takeaway
  • Miami and New Orleans have been tied for hosting the most Super Bowls in history since 2013.
  • In 2020, the NFL's 100th anniversary, Miami will take the W, hosting Super Bowl LIV for a record-breaking 11th time.
  • Miami is putting on an epic celebration, but there are many more reasons Miami is such a "hot" destination.

Ciao for now, New Orleans: Overtime is over, and Miami’s taking the W for Super Bowl 2020.

Since 2013, Miami and New Orleans have been tied for first place when it comes to Super Bowl history, each hosting the nation’s most-celebrated event a total of 10 times. Combined, the two cities have hosted nearly half of the events during its 51-year history! Miami’s been a top choice since Super Bowl II back in 1967, and most recently, the Saints and Indianapolis Colts battled it out in Miami at 2010’s Super Bowl XLIV.

Fans of the 305, get ready: for Super Bowl 2020, the NFL’s 100th anniversary, Miami will host the ‘Bowl for a record-breaking 11th time.

To celebrate, the “Magic City” is bringing the heat, with festivities including a massive party spanning nearly two miles on the downtown waterfront; multiple concerts; and a week’s worth of events leading up to Super Bowl 2020. There are even talks of VIP floating chalets!

Additionally, Rebuilding Together—who partners with the NFL to provide free home repairs to vulnerable communities in Super Bowl cities around the country—will be holding an event in Miami-Dade on January 31 with a variety of community and corporate partners, including Ultimate Software.

There’s no doubt about it: Miami knows how to party — and give back. But here are some interesting tidbits about Miami that you might not know:

1. Only major U.S. city founded by a woman

A wealthy local citrus grower named Julia Tuttle has been named the “mother of Miami” for her role in bringing the city to life. After highlighting the region’s promising farming and building sites, Tuttle convinced railroad and oil tycoon Henry Flagler to extend his railroad from Central Florida to Miami, which at that point was known as “Biscayne Bay Country” and populated by approximately 300 people. The first train arrived in 1896, and “Miami” was christened later that year.

2. Budding tech hub

Miami’s economy is diversifying, and tech is playing a leading role. Multiple highly-successful tech firms are headquartered in South Florida, including Ultimate Software, a leading cloud provider of HR and payroll solutions that cleared $1B in recurring revenue in 2018. Miami is also home to a rapidly budding startup scene—in 2017, Miami startups received $1.3B in venture capital funding, solidifying it as one of the nation’s top ten cities in VC activity. And thanks to a thriving economy, low unemployment, and a variety of budding tech incubators and partnerships, all eyes are on Miami for the future of innovation.

3. Sand is nourished

The city’s famously pristine sugar-sand beaches are thanks to many, many loads of teamwork. In its natural state, Miami Beach resembles a large sandbar, requiring man-made excavation of water channels and imported sand from offshore dredging, inland mines, and Caribbean islands. Since the sand is continually eroded by the ocean, the beaches require frequent maintenance and “renourishment” – an expensive endeavor.

4. Only U.S. city adorned by two national parks

While our gorgeous country is home to 58 majestic national parks, Miami is the only city that holds the distinction of having one on each side. To the west is the Everglades National Park, and to the east is Biscayne National Park. With the Florida Keys to the south and Palm Beach County to the north, you could say Miami is the pulsing heartbeat in the center of a tropical paradise…not to mention the 800+ parks inside Miami’s city borders.

5. Everglades are captivating

The Everglades National Park is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles naturally coexist. But they’re not the only reptiles who call the environment home. The invasive Burmese python, native to South and Southeast Asia, has increasingly tightened its grip on the Everglades over the years. Beginning in the 1970s, irresponsible pet owners purchased pythons on the black market and eventually released them into the wilderness when they became too large and dangerous to keep. These snakes can grow up to 23 feet long and 250+ pounds, and experts estimate there may be more than 150,000 in the Everglades. Fur-bearing animal populations have decreased by an astonishing 99% since their introduction, and native predators like the endangered Florida panther are struggling to find prey. 

6. Warmest wintertime location

On average, Miami’s winter temperatures range from 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, making it the warmest wintertime location in the country. There is only one recorded snowfall in Miami’s meteorological history, and that was way back in January 1977. This could explain why approximately 22,000 New Yorkers flee to Miami every year to escape the harsh winters, along with large “snowbird” flocks from Canada, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Massachusetts.

Come see for yourself what all the hype is about — Miami is certainly one locale worth leaving home for, especially for Super Bowl 2020.

And speaking of leaving: If employee turnover is costing you and your organization, we’ve got you covered there, too: here are the top five reasons your people are leaving (and how you can stop the churn).

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