Super Bowl 2019 is going to be special for so many reasons, one of which will be its venue, of course, one of five stadiums in the NFL with a retractable roof, Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium. After gifting the residents of Atlanta their much dreamed about a team in Major League Soccer, the Atlanta United FC, the Mercedes-Benz Arena is now ready to bring back the Super Bowl action to Atlanta after 18 long years.
It hasn’t come that easy for them though, as it took them years to see the beautiful stadium wave its 8-piece retractable roof and welcome both soccer and football in Atlanta and also cost them Atlanta Falcons’ much loved home stadium since 1992, the Georgia Dome. As it started just a season ago, not many fans across the world know much about it. However, ever since it was announced as the venue for Super Bowl 2019, the curiosity among fans grew tenfold to know about the gorgeous replacement for Georgia Dome. So without wasting any more time, here is everything you need to know about the Super Bowl 2019 and how it won the hosting rights.
Capacity and Operational Details of Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Home to Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League (NFL) and the Atlanta United FC in the Major League Soccer (MLS), the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is looked after by the AMB Sports and Entertainment Group and is owned by the Georgia World Congress Centre Authority. It will have a seating capacity of 83,000 for the Super Bowl 2019. However, for all the league matches for Atlanta Falcons, the seating capacity will remain to be 71,000 and 72,243 for the Atlanta United FC in the Major League Soccer.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Sports Authority of Georgia awarded the Kansas City-based firm Populous with the task of constructing the massive structure. After initially starting with an estimated cost of $700 million, the final cost of construction ended up being an estimated $1.6 billion. While $200 million of them came from city’s hotel-motel taxes, a $200 million loan was sanctioned by the NFL to the Atlanta Falcons.
A significant share of that money was then provided by the sponsors of the stadium, Mercedes Benz. It was supposed to come up where a church had already been in place. The Mount Vernon Baptist Church had seen its last on 9 March 2014, but the ground for the stadium was only broken on May 19 due to some legal issues. The Georgia Dome too went down after there was no use left of it. The finishing touches were given by early 2017, but the stadium opened only on August 26, 2017, after getting delayed three times in two months.
Different construction firms including most of the top names were invited to send their proposed designs for the stadium and it was HOK whose design managed to win the deal. The design has a mesmerising eight-panel retractable roof that resembles a pinwheel and a glass wall that allows fresh air to seep in through the gorgeous stadium. The panels operate on two parallel rails, one for movement and the other for balancing them.
The opening of the roof is surrounded by a halo video board that fits in perfectly between the two 10-yard lines to cover up the playing field and form an oval. The stadium also boasts of having the largest single display board in NFL having a size of 18 by 335 metre. The stadium also has a bar, fantasy football zone, and of course the premium seating right behind the player’s benches.
The four finalists that were announced by the NFL for hosting of the Super Bowl 53, Super Bowl 54, Super Bowl 55, and Super Bowl 56 included Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Mercedes-Benz stadium won the voting with ease and became the venue for Super Bowl 2019 at the NFL Owners’ meeting on May 24, 2016. The preparations began soon after for making the seating arrangement extend to its maximum capacity and make the Super Bowl LIII a grand success.
The Super Bowl 2019 will be played here on 3rd February 2019 with the Halftime Show too scheduled inside the stadium. Tickets to which are and will remain available on NFL’s official portal NFLonsite.com.