FEBRUARY 3, 2019



Super Bowl LIII will be played in the brand new, state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium provides easy, walkable access to all events, restaurants and hotels surrounding Super Bowl LIII. To learn more about the stadium, click here.


Maroon 5 To Take Center Stage at Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show


Three-time Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum band MAROON 5 will take center stage at the PEPSI SUPER BOWL LIII HALFTIME SHOW on CBS at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, they confirmed today. Maroon 5 will feature a slate of guest artists including Grammy-nominated rapper TRAVIS SCOTT and Atlanta native BIG BOI bringing together the broadest range of musical genres ever seen on the Super Bowl stage.

Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi join an esteemed list of recent halftime acts including Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Missy Elliott, Lenny Kravitz, Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and many more.

The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is the most-watched musical event of the year. Super Bowl LIII and the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show will be broadcast by CBS from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Super Bowl LIII marks Pepsi’s seventh year as title sponsor of the Super Bowl Halftime Show and 17thyear as an NFL partner. Pepsi and the NFL have teamed up again to provide fans with a halftime experience worthy of pop-culture’s biggest stage.


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About Maroon 5:

Maroon 5 stands out as not only one of pop music’s most enduring artists, but also one of the 21st century’s biggest acts. To date, the universally renowned Los Angeles band have achieved three GRAMMY® Awards and sold over 53 million albums, 48 million singles worldwide and earned gold and platinum certifications in more than 35 countries. The band won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album, Songs About Jane and their double platinum album, It Won’t be Soon Before Long. Maroon 5 went on to release studio albums, Hands All Over, which featured the anthemic “Moves Like Jagger,” and Overexposed. The band’s fifth studio album, V, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and featured the #1 hit singles “Maps,” “Animals” and “Sugar,” helping the band set a record for the most #1’s by a group in the Top 40 chart’s 20-year history, with 9 in total. The music video for the album’s GRAMMY- nominated single Sugar” has notably logged a record setting 2+ billion views to date. 

Maroon 5 released their 6th studio album, Red Pill Blues, in late 2017 via 222/ Interscope. The album features the global hit single “Girls Like You” ft. Cardi B, which reached #1 at Top 40, #1 at Adult Pop, #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks. The track also claimed the #1 position on iTunes and Spotify, all while accumulating over 626 million Spotify streams and over 1.7 billion YouTube/ VEVO views. The single has gone on to become the longest-running song on the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 and is notably the most-watched video on VEVO in 2018. The band recently finished 2018 as the biggest act on U.S. radio (according to Nielsen Music). The group’s songs amassed 8.58 billion audience impressions across all monitored radio stations, which included 1.95 million plays of Maroon 5’s music.

About Travis Scott:

Grammy-nominated global superstar Travis Scott has established himself as a leading force in the music world. His third full-length album ASTROWORLD – released August 3, 2018 via Cactus Jack Records/Epic Records – debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, scored the second-largest debut of 2018 and has since certified platinum by the RIAA. The critically acclaimed album also yielded his first Billboard Hot 100 #1 single with “SICKO MODE,” and garnered a total of three Grammy nominations: Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. ASTROWORLD followed the 2016 release of platinum-certified,Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight and earned his first #1 album. Travis’ platinum-certified debut album,Rodeo was released in 2015 and features the Billboard Hot 100 hit single “Antidote.” Hailing from Missouri City, TX, Travis has performed on Saturday Night Live, Ellen, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and many more. He has appeared on the cover of prestigious publications such as Rolling Stone, GQ, GQ Style, Billboard, XXL, and The FADER. Additionally, Travis is a household name in the fashion world where his influence spans from launch collaborations with YSL, Helmut Lang, Nike and Ksubi Denim to starring in notable campaigns for Alexander Wang, and Ricardo Tisci among other numerous top designers. Travis will embark on the second North American leg of his ASTROWORLD Tour this month. The immense SOLD OUT world arena tour began November 2018 and features a roller coaster hoisted in the air running the length crowd, a ferris wheel, fireworks, and pyrotechnics and is asRolling Stone describes, “the greatest show on earth.”

About Big Boi:

Atlanta indisputably set the pace for modern hip-hop. However, Big Boi set the pace for Atlanta, and by proxy, the culture at large. If the genre of hip-hop ever gets its own “Rap Mount Rushmore, a legacy as the region’s foremost wordsmith, funkiest gentleman, and resident ATLien certainly guarantees a place for the diamond selling artist, rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor, philanthropist born Antwan André Patton. Big made history as the preeminent spitter of the Dungeon Family and one-half of OutKast. The legendary duo sold 25 million albums and garnered seven GRAMMY® Awards, becoming the first and only hip-hop artist in history to win the GRAMMY® for “Album of the Year” upon release of their 2003 RIAA Diamond-certified Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Big Boi made his proper introduction as a solo artist in 2010 with Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. A modern classic, it captured #3 on theBillboard Top 200 and landed on Pitchfork‘s “100 Best Albums of the Decade ‘So Far’.” Following a succession of high-profile album releases, Big Boi released his latest album  Boomiverse in 2017. The smash single “All Night” sound tracked a high-profile Apple Animoji commercial, blew up radio, and clocked 40 million streams within a year. The song also hit the Top 30 on the pop chart and Top 10 at Rhythmic.

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NFL: Elena Bakar,   
CBS: Jen Sabatelle,
PEPSI: Elisa Baker, 

NFL Green Week Begins Tuesday


ATLANTA – The countdown to Super Bowl LIII is on. With just weeks to go, the celebration of the big game will be marked with a “green week” of community environmental events. The events will focus on tree planting, sharing thousands of new and gently used books, pieces of sports equipment and school supplies with local students in need, and giving residents an opportunity to drop off and responsibly recycle E-Waste at no charge. The National Football League and the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee developed a series of initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of Super Bowl LIII activities and leave a positive “green” legacy in Atlanta’s Super Bowl host community as part of Legacy 53.

Tuesday, Jan. 15 – Planting of more than 30 trees, Bellwood Boys & Girls Club (777 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway NW) 9 a.m.
The NFL is partnering with the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee, Verizon and Trees Atlanta for more than a dozen urban forestry projects throughout the region. On Tuesday, December 15 the greening efforts will continue with a tree planting at the Salvation Army Bellwood Boys & Girls Club. Dozens of trees will be planted near the new playing field that was recently built by NFL and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. The trees will provide shade and beauty. Representatives from the NFL, Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee, Verizon and Trees Atlanta will be on-hand to help with this tree planting.
Super Bowl Urban forestry projects have already been completed in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood, Warren Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, East Point, Clarkston, Decatur, Hapeville, the Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill, the Whitehall Terrace Urban Garden, Chosewood Park, the Centerhill Neighborhood and Zoo Atlanta.

Thursday, Jan. 17 – Super Kids-Super Sharing, Infinite Energy Center’s Forum – Exhibit Hall A (6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA) 9 a.m.

Hundreds of local school children will bring thousands of donated books, pieces of sports equipment, school supplies and games to a Super Kids-Super Sharing event at Infinite Energy Center’s Forum. Beginning at 9 a.m. students will help drop off and sort the donated items they’ve collected, then enjoy play activities provided by the Atlanta Falcons. There will be a brief ceremony at 10 a.m. with representatives from the NFL, Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee. The Collins High School Chamber Choir will perform. The Verizon Foundation will present a grant of $18-thousand to the Ron Clark Academy, an acclaimed non-profit middle school in Southeast Atlanta that serves as a demonstration school for tens of thousands of visiting educators. The grant will fund a peer to peer violence awareness program that tackles issues of bullying. Beginning at 1 p.m. designated schools and organizations that serve local children in need will select the books, sports equipment and other items they can use.

Super Kids-Super Sharing started in Atlanta in 2000 and celebrates its 20th anniversary in Atlanta in 2019. In honor of the 20th anniversary of Super Kids, Verizon is partnering with the NFL and the Arbor Day Foundation to plant more than 20,000 trees in Georgia’s Sandhills Wildlife Management Area. 

This year, more than 100 schools from throughout the greater Atlanta area are participating in Super Kids-Super Sharing as donors or recipients. This popular community initiative is implemented in every Super Bowl host community and over the years has collected hundreds of thousands of books, pieces of sports equipment and school supplies to help local children in need.

Saturday, Jan. 19 – Super Bowl LIII E-Waste Recycling Rally, Zoo Atlanta, Cherokee Avenue Entrance– 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The NFL has teamed with Verizon, Zoo Atlanta and the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee for a Super Bowl E-Waste Recycling Rally. Area residents can help with the “greening” of Super Bowl LIII by bringing their E-waste to this event sponsored by Verizon. The Recycling Rally is open to the public and free of charge. Local residents may drop off all types of electronic waste to be recycled responsibly and kept out of local landfills. Items such as computers, printers, monitors, cell phones and televisions will be accepted. (Large appliances such as refrigerators will not be accepted.) The first 250 families bringing in items will receive a gift bag and all who drop off items will receive a discount for Zoo Atlanta admission. Zoo mascot Zhu Zhu will be on-hand during morning hours to greet participants. The Recycling Rally takes place outside the Zoo entrance. It’s not necessary to enter the Zoo to participate. Simply drive up and volunteers will be ready to help unload.

Responsibly recycling cell phones and other electronics helps to protect the natural environment of gorillas and other animals by reducing the amount of habitat disturbed by mining for the minerals used in these items.
About NFL Green

NFL Green, the NFL’s environmental program, has managed environmental-related Super Bowl projects for more than 25 years. These environmental projects are part of a larger program of community events and initiatives implemented each year by the NFL and Super Bowl Host Committee to leave a positive benefit in each Super Bowl host community. Sustainability, featuring the NFL Green, is one of the five pillars of the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee’s Legacy 53.

NFL Green is part of the NFL’s sustainability platform which works to create a positive, “green” legacy in host communities. These efforts include food recovery and distribution, recycling and solid waste management, recovery and donation of event and building materials, urban forestry projects, the use of “green energy” to power events, and the Super Kids-Super Sharing community project which puts books, sports equipment and school supplies into the hands of local children in need.

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Susan Groh, NFL Environmental (401) 952-0885
Dana Gordon, NFL Communications (856) 397-2917
Erin Shearer, Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee (404) 723-0016
Rachel Davis, Zoo Atlanta (404) 624-2812

City of Atlanta Welcomes NFL-Sanctioned 20th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration Taking Place at Atlanta Symphony Hall on January 31, 2019 During Super Bowl LIII Week

The annual music special will premiere on BET Networks on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 8:00PM ET

(ATLANTA) – January 9, 2019 – Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms officially welcomed the 20th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (SBGC) to Atlanta during a press conference today at City Hall with officials from the NFL, the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee, Boys & Girls Club of America and Radio One in attendance. 

Returning to Atlanta for its 20th anniversary, the concert will be taped in front of a live audience on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Atlanta Symphony Hall during Super Bowl LIII week. National radio and tv personality Rickey Smiley is set to co-host the show, which will feature performances by Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, The Winans and the Super Bowl Gospel NFL Players Choir. More talent will be announced. 

The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration special will premiere exclusively on BET Networks on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 8:00PM ET.
“Atlanta is proud to host the 20th anniversary Super Bowl Gospel Celebration,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.  “As a beacon of Southern hospitality and the cradle of the civil rights movement in America, Atlanta is excited to showcase the greatest talents in gospel music on the stage of Atlanta Symphony Hall.  We look forward to sharing this memorable concert experience through the telecast on BET Networks.”

“I can think of no better place to host our 20th Super Bowl Gospel Celebration than in my hometown of Atlanta,” says Melanie Few-Harrison, NFL Sanctioned Holder, Creator & Executive Producer of the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. “Atlanta’s vibrant music scene, rich culture and diverse community are the perfect backdrop for Super Bowl 53 and all of our incredible artists will inspire audiences, touch lives and put on a show the city will never forget!”

“We are proud to have The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration as a sanctioned event partner with the NFL and we celebrate this 20-year milestone!” said Arthur McAfee, NFL, Senior Vice President of Player Engagement. “The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is a favorite with the players and one of the best attended and most talked about events during the Super Bowl weekend year after year. We look forward to continuing to build this relationship with the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration as it continues to grow.”

“On behalf of BET Networks, we are beyond excited to partner with Melanie Few and the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration team for the 6th year in a row to bring the special to our loyal BET audience and gospel fans around the world,” said Connie Orlando, Head of Programming for BET Networks. “We congratulate Melanie and team on the 20th Anniversary of Super Bowl Gospel Celebration and for bringing this inspiring and uplifting event to her hometown of Atlanta, GA. Each year we have continued to see the growth of the special, drawing in thousands of fans in each city – from Minnesota to Houston to Arizona – and we are proud to have been there every step of the way! We look forward to continuing our partnership with another successful Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.”
Originating at Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999, the annual event joins together key NFL Players, top Gospel/Contemporary Christian and mainstream GRAMMY® Award-winning artists and special guests all on one stage to bring audiences an evening of uplifting music and inspirational messages. 

By far, the largest multicultural event to take place during Super Bowl weekend in its 20-year run as an NFL-sanctioned event, SBGC has featured artists including Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams, Gladys Knight, Natalie Grant, Mary Mary, Fantasia, Donnie McClurkin, Anthony Hamilton, among many others. 

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To view photos from the press conference, click here.

To apply for media credentials to cover the red carpet at SBGC, visit

The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration was launched in Miami in 1999 during Super Bowl XXXIII weekend.  The event became the first, and remains the only Gospel concert sanctioned by the National Football League (NFL). The show has drawn crowds in the thousands and has demonstrated growth year-after-year, selling out venues in major Super Bowl host cities including Dallas, Tampa, Detroit, Jacksonville, Houston and Phoenix. 

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

Atlanta Symphony Hall has served as the home venue of the Grammy® Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) since its construction in 1968. Located in the Woodruff Arts Center’s Memorial Arts Building, Atlanta Symphony Hall hosts more than 130 acts and performances each year, including ASO’s Delta Classical Series, Family Concert Series, Coca-Cola Holiday Concerts and educational concerts, as well as renowned musicians and entertainers from Delta Atlanta Symphony Hall LIVE. With a capacity of 1,800, more than 225,000 audience members visit the Hall each year.  


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