The NFL announced today that the city of Atlanta is set to host Super Bowl LIII, which will be played in February 2019. This will mark the third time the city of Atlanta will host a Super Bowl, but the first in their new venue of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is set to open next summer. The two previous Super Bowls were played in the Georgia Dome in 1994 and 2000.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank has been trying to bring a Super Bowl to Atlanta for the past several years. At the groundbreaking of the stadium in 2014, Blank lobbied for the city to host the 2019 Super Bowl.
Blank released the following statement following the announcement:
“It’s a wonderful day for our city and franchise and I know the people of Atlanta and all of Georgia will deliver a spectacular Super Bowl celebration in 2019. Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be an outstanding venue for the game and with all of the attractions and hotel rooms within a mile of the stadium this is going to be the most walkable Super Bowl ever. Atlanta has truly transformed since it last hosted the Super Bowl in 2000 and I’m grateful to the NFL and team owners for this very special opportunity.
“I want to extend my thanks and congratulations to the entire bid committee, our local business community and the leaders of our city and state for their strong efforts on this bid. Mayor Kasim Reed and Governor Nathan Deal have been especially supportive of our efforts to bring events like the Super Bowl to Atlanta and I’m grateful for their vision and leadership in that regard.”
The Super Bowl will be sandwiched between two major sporting events in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is set to host the College Football Playoff championship game in January 2018 and the Final Four in April 2020.
Atlanta won the 2019 bid over the city of New Orleans, which could’ve been hosting it’s 11th Super Bowl.