Welcome to Atlanta: Super Bowl 53 - February 3, 2019 #ATLSB53

The 2018–2019 football season is underway and all anyone can think about in Atlanta is Super Bowl 53! We are the home of the next big game and preparations are well underway.  Electric is in the air as a vast array of organization work together to pull the day off.  But who am I kidding?  It’s not one day we are planning for next year.  No, no.  It’s 2 weeks of celebration leading up to the big dance, we know and love, as the Super Bowl!

Let me introduce you to the Team that is pulling this affair all together, the Super Bowl Host Committee. This group of highly talented, incredibly intelligent group of individuals have been working together non-stop to organize a safe, memorable and fun experience that all football fans, of any age can experience. 

Who are the Super Bowl Host Committee: “The Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee is the liaison between the National Football League, the City of Atlanta and the local community. Formed in 2017 under the Championship Hosting Division of the Atlanta Sports Council, the Host Committee is responsible for helping to plan, organize and support activities and events that will enhance the Super Bowl LIII experience for the city, state and region.” 

Follow the Super Bowl Host Committee on their Site and their Social Media FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Super Bowl 53 will be played in the new state-of-the-art Mercedes Benz Stadium and most of the Super Bowl events will take place within walking distance from the stadium on the grounds surrounding the stadium or within walking distance from the stadium.  

The Super Bowl Host Committee are coordinating with the NFL to create events leading up to the game and organizing events and initiatives that carry out the mission of the Super Bowl as the NFL is a strong supporter of giving back to the communities in the city this game is played.

 

 

Fun Fact 1: Since the last Super Bowl that was played in Atlanta, 19 years ago, Midtown has developed. In other words, the last time the NFL was here for the Super Bowl, Midtown did not exist.

Fun Fact 2: It took a year but the roof of the Mercedes Benz Stadium is operational.  It will be used for the first time at Super Bowl 53, if the NFL decide to open it. Fingers crossed for good weather.

Super Bowl 53 Packages: There are several sites offering to sell Super Bowl packages.  Visit several to compare what you are getting.  

Hotel Rooms: Make your reservations now before the hotels sell out!  It’s not just fans coming to town, but the hotels must provide rooms for everyone that is building the activities prior to and the day of the Super Bowl.  Not to mention all the out of town police that will be staying over so that they can help.  So, a lot of hotel rooms will be rented.  

The Super Bowl Committee is working with most of the hotels in the Atlanta area.  As a resource, you can use their Fan Housing to help you with hotels that they know still have rooms available.  If you are a hotel that has not signed up to be on this referral list, you are encouraged to contact the Super Bowl Committee so that you can be placed on the list.

Traffic, Transportation and Public Safety:  40 departments across local, state and federal levels are working together to ensure a safe Super Bowl 53 experience.  Because of the scope of the Super Bowl and the massive size in the amount of people that will flood the city during that time, the Danger Assessment will be a Sear-1, which is the highest level, and local law enforcement will work with State and Federal Agencies.  

Sear-1 is defined as Events of such magnitude and significant national and/or international importance that may require the full support of the United States Government (USG). The scale and scope of these events require significant coordination among federal, state, and local authorities and warrants pre-deployment of federal assets as well as consultation, technical advice, and support to specific functional areas in which the state and local agencies may lack expertise or key resources. 

There will be some road closures and detours but not as many as you would think.  Definite closures are:

  • Saturday, February 2, 2019 (NFL Honors Event) - the block surrounding the Fox Theater and 2 more blocks on Peachtree Street NE
  • Sunday, February 3, 2019 (Super Bowl 53 Game) - the streets surrounding the stadium

The busiest airport in the world, Hartfield-Jackson International Airport, has been training for the travelers that plan to descend into Atlanta.  TSA plans to bring in extra staff and canine.  1,800 volunteers will assist visitors in and around the airport. It is important to know that during the 10 days leading up to the Super Bowl, there will be a moratorium in construction at the airport.

As we find out more information, we will be sure to update you.

Private Events: Sure, there are a lot of people planning their own Super Bowl Event.  Knowing this, the City wants to work with you.  An Event Portal is being made right now to help ease the communication between you and the City.  When it goes live, I encourage you to have your Event Planner reach out to the Super Bowl Committee to list your event on the portal.  By doing so, the City can help you secure your party by:

  1. Providing Police presence (as they drive by) on your street so that your guests will feel safe.
  2. Not closing your street down and allowing appropriate transportation to remain in your area.

We will inform you when the portal is ready for use. 

Volunteers:  Out of 30,000 applicants from all over the world, only 10,000 men and women of all ages made the cut to the Volunteer Team of Super Bowl 53.  These individuals will be stationed all over the city to help you get around and answer questions during the 2 weeks leading up to the game and on game day.

Community Engagement:The NFL enacts several programs with the Host City to engage and give back to the communities.  The Atlanta program, called Legacy 53, has 5 Pillars of strength that it stands on:

  1. Business Connect - The Host Committee is extending the NFL’s Supplier Diversity Program to the Metro Atlanta area.
  2. Capital Improvement Project - The Host Committee, NFL Foundation and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation are teaming up to fund a major capital improvement project, benefiting the children of Atlanta.
  3. Civil Rights and Social Justice - Atlanta is the historic home of the Civil Rights Movement, and as such, the Host Committee is proud to recognize the rich history and continued leadership of our city in areas of Human Rights.
  4. Sustainability - Environmental consideration has been major focus for the NFL and the Host Committee for each Super Bowl city over the past 25 years.
  5. Youth Engagement - The Host Committee, in partnership with the NFL and the Atlanta Falcons, are building a collection of programs geared toward Atlanta’s youth.

SUP Creative Group will provide information, photos and videos leading up to Super Bowl 53.  We will cover information to help you have a safer, more enjoyable experience.  We will provide information to help you avoid complications.  We will even cover events that happen prior to the Super Bowl and the day of the game.

But throughout this journey, we want to be one of the sources you can rely on for all your Super Bowl 53 news as we will refer to the Super Bowl Host Committee and the Officials from the City of Atlanta to make sure you get accurate up to date information.