Super Bowl LIII will take place on February 3, 2019 at the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The 53rd Super Bowl will be Atlanta’s third Super Bowl, previously hosting two Super Bowls at the Georgia Dome: Super Bowl XXVIII in 1994 and Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000. The city of Atlanta was awarded hosting rights to Super Bowl LIII during the NFL owners’ meeting back in May 24, 2016.
The city’s host committee is expecting over a million visitors throughout the course of the ten-day extravaganza, which will culminate in the Super Bowl matchup itself.
Home of the Falcons
Opened in August 2017, the 75,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium has already hosted several marquee events in its relatively short lifespan. The stadium was the site of the 2018 College Football National Championship Game between the 3rd seed Georgia Bulldogs and the 4th seed Alabama Crimson Tide. The stadium is also the home of Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United FC, which recently won the MLS Cup on Dec. 8, 2018.
While the stadium is best known as the home of the Atlanta Falcons, the team itself has already been eliminated from postseason competition, with a 6-9 record.
Downtown Atlanta will host various live performances and pre-game events, with Super Bowl LIVE at Centennial Olympic Park, Super Bowl Opening Night hosted by State Farm Arena, and NFL Honors, the league’s official awards show at the Fox Theatre on Feb. 2.
The three-night Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest will also be held at the State Farm Arena, and will be headlined by Ludacris and Migos on the first night, Aerosmith on the second, and Bruno Mars and Cardi B on the third.
Downtown Atlanta will also host the Super Bowl Experience, designed as a massive football-themed park dedicated to Super Bowl LIII. The attraction will take place at the 800,000-square-foot space within the Georgia World Congress Center, and will be open from Jan. 26 until Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl. The event will include player autograph sessions, merchandise shops, interactive exhibits, skills tests, games, and exclusive access to NFL Network interviews.
Ticket prices for Super Bowl Experience range from $20 to $40 for adults and free admission to $25 for children 12 and below, depending on which day to plan to attend.
Civil rights-themed murals for Super Bowl
Artists selected through a public voting process and a local selection committee have been commissioned to create up to 30 public murals around Mercedes-Benz Stadium and throughout downtown Atlanta.
The murals will focus on Atlanta’s civil rights and social justice movements, and will become permanent pieces in Atlanta’s public art collection and maintained by the city. You can read more about the project and the artists involved here.
Accommodations for out-of-towners
If you’re from out of town and would like to be part of Super Bowl action in Atlanta, be sure to check Airbnb for accommodations (hurry, they’re going quick!). While you’re in town, you may also want to see some of the city’s top attractions, like the Georgia Aquarium, Piedmont Park and the Beltline, or Ponce City Market.
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