Atlanta Set to Host Super Bowl LIII in 2019

 

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The Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia where the 53rd Super Bowl will be held. Photo Courtesy of Emily Hailstone

 

Staff Writer: Kate O’Brien

Now that Super Bowl LII is in the books, we can now start looking forward to next year’s Super Bowl, which is set to be hosted here in Atlanta at the Mercedes-Benz, after being decided at the owners meeting in May.  Atlanta will host Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019. While there’s no guarantee the Atlanta Falcons will make an appearance, one thing is certain: Atlanta hosting its third Super Bowl is bound to bring an influx of fans and revenue to the metro area.

This will mark the third Super Bowl held in Atlanta, the first Super Bowl held at the new Mercedes-Benz and the first since Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta in 2000. Super Bowl LIII will be Atlanta’s third Super Bowl after the Georgia Dome hosted Super Bowl XXVII on Jan. 30, 1994 (Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills) and Super Bowl XXXIV on Jan. 30, 2000 (St. Louis Rams vs. Tennessee Titans.) “I love that Atlanta is hosting the Super Bowl because it means that the Falcons would have a chance to play in their home stadium, which I don’t think has ever been done before. It would be so cool to see a team be able to do that, especially your home team I am excited for the Super Bowl in Atlanta because we would have a lot of people visiting and it would be a fun game to possibly attend or watch with my friends (Johanna Ellington, Junior).”

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The inside of the Mercedes-Benz where approximately 70,000 fans will be cheering on the two teams. Photo Courtesy of Emily Hailstone

 

The city that hosts the Super Bowl is set up for a great amount of responsibility- something that Atlanta does well. After the building of the new stadium and the hosting the National Championship this year, and many other huge events in the past, Atlanta is more than prepared to take on this new responsibility. With preparations already being made, and decisions already in the works for the event, Atlanta will be more than ready when the game comes. Atlanta subsequently lost bids to host the game in 2009 and 2010, with some owners saying at the time the ice storm in 2000 was one of the reasons. But Arthur Blank’s new stadium put Atlanta back in the picture.

“When I first heard that there would be a possibility of Atlanta hosting the Super Bowl, I was so excited. Usually, when there is a Super Bowl, it is always super far away and there is almost no chance of being able to attend it in person. But, since it is coming here to Atlanta there is a small chance of being able to go- and even if I wouldn’t be able to go, it is good to know it will be here in Georgia at least. And especially since the game is the year we graduate it would be a great opportunity to go and get tickets for a graduation present (Zachary Mitchell-Norman, Junior).”

 

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The newly-made logo for Atlanta’s 2019 Super Bowl. Photo Courtesy of Emily Hailstone

 

On average, the city that hosts the Super Bowl spends around $30 million to set everything up and in order. However, in revenue, the city hosting will bring in an approximate $630 million back. Hosting these events brings in a large amount of revenue as well as tourists. As of Friday, Feb. 2, more than 4,000 Cobb hotel rooms had already been reserved for next year’s Super Bowl, which will be played Feb. 3. Don Geiger, chairman of the Cobb Hotel Council, said as far as hotels are concerned, the Super Bowl is one of the biggest draws for crowds.

The Mercedes-Benz was designed specifically to be able to host large events like this, so it is exciting to see it hosting the largest event in professional football so soon after its building. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is now 3-for-3 in bids for marquee sporting events, having previously been awarded college football’s national championship game in January 2018 and college basketball’s Final Four in April 2020, and now the 53rd Super Bowl as well. Not only will the Super Bowl this year bring in a large amount of money to Atlanta and the metro area, it will definitely be a great game to watch and experience no matter who ends up playing.

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