Super Bowl LIII: Guide to Atlanta

Super Bowl LIII 2019

Super Bowl LIII is coming to Atlanta if you haven’t heard! With that comes a lot of people visiting our beautiful, bustling city. When a big event like the Super Bowl occurs, it comes with a lot of preparation and plans, as well as events!

First, let’s just establish this date. The event that is the reason for all others. The Super Bowl itself will be on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.

We are going to breakdown this year’s Super Bowl for you. Let’s consider this a Super Bowl LIII guide to Atlanta, Georgia.

EVENTS

  1. Super Bowl Experience Driven by Hyundai

This will be the NFL’s interactive theme park in the Georgia World Congress Center. There will be “immersive exhibits and interactive games.” You can take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, collect free NFL autographs and Legend autographs. They also have chances for you to train like a real NFL player. Do you have what it takes to be an NFL player? We like to think property management can be as intense as the NFL sometimes, ha! This event is also your chance to see behind-the-scenes to a lot of stuff as well.

When: Saturday, Jan. 26 – Saturday, Feb. 2

Where: Georgia World Congress Center

For more info and tickets: https://atlsuperbowl53.com/sbx/

  1. Super Bowl LIVE Presented by Verizon

This event is to highlight Atlanta’s “vibrant culture and music scene, featuring concerts produced by GRAMMY Award-Winning Producer Jermaine Dupri.” There will be activities that are perfect for the family and fans of all ages. It’s also a good way for visitors to get a taste of our scene in Atlanta! On Monday, Jan. 28th, Goodie Mob and DJ Holiday and Friends will be performing. On Saturday, DJ Smurf and The ATL Bass All Stars will be performing.

When: Saturday, Jan. 26 – Saturday, Feb. 2

Where: Centennial Olympic Park

Cost: Free

  1. Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade

This is the national kickoff for the Super Bowl festivities. The players and coaches will be addressing the nation for the first time live from State Farm Arena. It’s the first interaction they will have with the media and the only time the two teams will be in the same location before the game. There will be cheerleaders and team mascots that you can interact with! In addition, you can collect free autographs from NFL players and legends, be up close on viewing platforms, and lots of photo opportunities.

When: Monday, Jan. 28

Where: State Farm Arena

For more info and tickets: https://atlsuperbowl53.com/openingnight/

  1. Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest

This event is Bud Light’s first Super Bowl festival. It will take place over three nights. Day one will feature artists such as Ludacris, Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, Metro Boomin and a set by the DJ, Lil Jon. The second day will be headlined by Aerosmith. Bruno Mars and Cardi B will be performing the last day.

When: Thursday, Jan. 31 – Saturday, Feb. 2

Where: State Farm Arena

For more info and tickets: https://www.superbowlmusicfest.com/

  1. Shaq’s Fun House at Live! The Battery Atlanta

This event has been described as “part music festival, part carnival, part circus.” It will have a mix of an interactive carnival experience along with big artist performances. This event definitely seems like a unique, need-to-be experienced situation. The artists that will be performing include Migos, Tiesto, Diplo, Lil Jon and T-Pain. Expect a giant production that includes confetti blasts. Also, there will be a never seen before performance by Mystère by Cirque Du Soleil, featuring circus skills, dancing, opera, and more. Along with all these performances, there’s an open bar and great food! You can’t beat the excitement of this event.

When: Friday, Feb. 1

Where: Live! At The Battery Atlanta (In Suntrust Park)

For more info and tickets: https://shaqsfunhouse.com/the-experience/#what-to-expect

  1. 2019 Maxim Super Bowl Party

The magazine is coming to town to celebrate the Super Bowl. Have fun in style with live performances. This event is a combination of sports, fashion, art, and music. The big special performance is Future. The additional acts are to be announced.  In the past years, they have had big artists like Cardi B, Post Malone, Marshmello, Travis Scott, DJ Khaled, DNCE, A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, Ludracris, Nick Cannon, DJ Vice, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Kendrick Lamar. We can only anticipate more great artists this year! We’re excited to see who they have officially coming for this also unique experience.

When: Saturday, Feb. 2

Where: The Fairmont

For more info and tickets: https://partyfixx.co/event/2019-maxim-super-bowl-party-at-the-fairmont-atlanta/

  1. Taste of the NFL

This event is an annual wine and food event featuring a chef from each NFL city where they will be “serving their signature dish alongside a current or alumni NFL player.” Guests will be able to walk around and sample all the cuisine, meet and talk with renowned chefs and players, and there will be a silent auction with awesome sports memorabilia. This event is to help raise awareness and money for hunger relief.

When: Saturday, Feb. 2

Where: Cobb Galleria

For more info and tickets: https://www.tasteofthenfl.com/

  1. Sports Illustrated Super Bowl Party

Celebrate with Sports Illustrated swimsuit models, all-inclusive open bar, and possibly some athletes! There will be VIP tables available as well as VIP tickets for purchase.

When: Saturday, Feb. 2

Where: College Football Hall of Fame

For more info and tickets: https://partyfixx.co/event/sports-illustrated-2019-super-bowl-super-bowl-at-the-college-football-hall-of-fame/

ROAD CLOSURES

Here is a list put out of road closures around the time of the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl Campus

Starting Monday, Jan. 21 – Friday, Feb. 8

  • Baker St. NW will be closed between Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW and Luckie St. NW

Starting Monday, Jan. 21 – Thursday, Feb. 7

  • Mitchell St. SW will be closed between MLK Jr. Dr. SW (South) to Elliot St. SW
  • Mangum St. will be closed between Markham St. to Foundry St.
  • MLK Jr. Dr. SW (South) will be closed between Northside Dr. NW to Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 23 – Thursday, Feb. 7

  • Andrew Young International Blvd. NW will be closed between Marietta St. NW and Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW

NFL Honors

Starting at 1 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1 – 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3

  • Peachtree St. between Ponce De Leon Avenue and 3rd Street will be closed
  • Full closure of Ponce De Leon Avenue and 3rd Street between West Peachtree and Peachtree

Gameday Closures

Starting evening of Saturday, Feb. 2 – the morning of Monday, Feb. 4

  • Northside Dr. NW will be closed between Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd and MLK Jr. Dr. SW (South)

TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY

To avoid all the traffic congestion, the suggestion is to take public transportation, pay for a ride service, or simply walk!

Atlanta is expecting over 150,000 people from out-of-town. The police will have about 180 officers working to direct traffic. MARTA train will be operating round-the-clock from Friday to Tuesday. Some of the bus routes will also have expanded hours, and the Atlanta Streetcar will operate during the events as well. There will be designated drop off and pick up points for ride services.

For extended information, check out this article by the AJC.

For more information on transportation, check out the transportation page on the ATL Super Bowl site.

Most importantly, we want everyone to stay safe during this busy and exciting time for Atlanta. Best way to have fun safely is to prepare and be cautious of what’s to come. We are ecstatic about all the big artists and events that will be happening during the time leading up as well as the game itself! It’s a great time to get together and watch some good ‘ole American football with great food and great commercials. Also, even better, Atlanta will be gaining a lot of attention. Great way to show the rest of the nation our scene and culture!

However, I’ll leave this meme here as an end to this Super Bowl LIII guide to Atlanta.