SUPER BOWL LIII

FEBRUARY 3, 2019 • MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM • ATLANTA, GA 

SUPER BOWL LIII

FEBRUARY 3, 2019
MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM
ATLANTA, GA 

A NEW ERA IN ATLANTA SPORTS

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.

NEWS

Atlanta Wins Big As Host To Super Bowl LIII

Atlanta Wins Big As Host To Super Bowl LIII

ATLANTA (Feb. 11, 2019) – Throughout the week leading up to Super Bowl LIII, more than 500,000 people – including 150,000 out-of-state visitors – flocked to downtown Atlanta to experience the Big Game and the myriad of events leading up to it. Including those who engaged in Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee events throughout the year leading up to Super Bowl LIII, more than 1 million people were able to be a part of the Big Game. While the New England Patriots prevailed as Super Bowl LIII champions, the city of Atlanta proved yet again why it is the ultimate host city for major sporting events.

“We were proud to host Super Bowl LIII and welcome the hundreds of thousands of visitors to our city, while also leaving a lasting impact on our community through Legacy 53,” said Brett Daniels, COO of the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee.  “None of this would have been possible without the support of the city, the mayor, our volunteer team or the more than 40 federal, state and local agencies who helped make this event a success. From our walkability to family-friendly events to the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz stadium, Atlanta showed the world why we are a premier city to host events of this magnitude.”

Some highlights from the game and the surrounding events include:

  • Attendance across Super Bowl LIVE and Super Bowl Experience topped 500,000
  • More than 80 artists performed at Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon, the Host Committee’s free fan festival in Centennial Olympic Park
  • TSA screened a record number of airport passengers in one day, with 101,999 passengers screened on Feb. 4, 2019, at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
  • 1,593 private jet arrivals at Atlanta-area airports
  • MARTA ran for 94 hours straight and carried more than 500,000 people throughout Super Bowl weekend, which is double the number of passengers it normally carries and included a record-breaking 270,000 riders on Saturday alone
  • An NFL record 32,000 people applied for Team ATL volunteer positions and 10,000 Team ATL members demonstrated southern hospitality throughout the week
  • 90,000 recycled water bottles were used to make the Team ATL volunteer jackets
  • 250,000 volunteer hours were completed by Team ATL representatives
  • First-ever Lombardi Trophy at Victory Square at Super Bowl LIVE, which was fabricated locally in Duluth, Georgia
  • 100+ Super Bowl-related parties and events were held across the multi-day event
  • Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee social media posts reached 10,685,401 across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter between Jan. 25-Feb. 4
  • The event brought in 5,800 media from 23 countries
  • As part of Legacy 53, the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee left a lasting impact across five pillars:  Business Connect supplier diversity, civil rights and social justice, capital investment, sustainability and youth engagement.
    • The NFL Foundation, Host Committee and Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation funded a $2.4 million renovation of John F. Kennedy Park in Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhood
    • 30 murals were installed around the city through the Off the Wall program – a city-wide initiative led by WonderRoot and the Host Committee to elevate Atlanta’s civil rights and social justice journey
    • 200+ local, diverse and certified businesses participated in Business Connect, the NFL’s supplier diversity program for Super Bowl LIII
    • During the Super Bowl LIII Recycling Rally on Jan. 19, 42,446 pounds of e-waste was collected to be recycled, marking the largest Super Bowl Recycling Rally to date
    • 20,000+ trees were planted in Atlanta, Clarkston, Doraville and eight other locations in the community

 About Atlanta 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. For more information, visit: www.ATLSuperBowl53.com.

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NFL Foundation, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation & Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee Contribute $2.4 Million for Renovation of John F. Kennedy Park in Atlanta’s Westside

NFL Foundation, Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation & Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee Contribute $2.4 Million for Renovation of John F. Kennedy Park in Atlanta’s Westside

Each year, the NFL seeks to improve the surrounding communities of the Super Bowl host city, through the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program, by giving an annual $1 million contribution from the NFL Foundation. This year, a $2.4 million grant – supported by funding from the NFL Foundation, Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation – will go to the renovation of John F. Kennedy Park located in Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhood. Additional support for the project was provided by Atlanta-based partners – Chick-fil-A Foundation, Park Pride, Primerica and WXIA.

The Capital Improvement Project will provide students at the nearby Hollis Innovation Academy, as well as the Westside community, with a versatile playing field for athletic competition and the surrounding community a safe space for exercise and outdoor activities.  

NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL, Atlanta Falcons Owner ARTHUR M. BLANK, Atlanta Mayor KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS, Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee Executives Chairman DAN CORSO and COO BRETT DANIELS, Principal of Hollis Innovation Academy DR. DIAMOND FORD and Atlanta Falcons DT GRADY JARRETT were present for the ribbon cutting Thursday at the John F. Kennedy Park.

“The Super Bowl provides us with the opportunity to make an impact in the host communities long after the final play of the game,” said NFL CommissionerROGER GOODELL. “In conjunction with the Super Bowl Host Committee and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the Super Bowl Legacy Grant Program enables us to make meaningful improvements in the community that will last for years to come.”

The Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee formed Legacy 53 – a community engagement initiative aimed at creating a lasting legacy in Atlanta as part of Super Bowl LIII. Legacy 53 is built on five pillars that focus on celebrating and elevating Atlanta communities through a variety of initiatives, which impact both the hearts and minds of Atlanta neighbors and the Atlanta neighborhoods they call home.

The Capital Improvement Project, representing one of those five pillars, includes a full level turf playing surface, community walking path, Fit-Trail exercise system for fitness training, new playground equipment with soft turf underpinning, new hard-court basketball surface, shade picnic pavilion and sidewalk lighting for evening use. The previous playground equipment will be repurposed to upgrade nearby Ashby Circle Park.

About The NFL Foundation

The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit: www.NFLFoundation.org.

About Atlanta 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. For more information, visit: www.ATLSuperBowl53.com.

Contact:   

Dana Gordon, BZA PR, 856-397-2917, danag@bzapr.com
Erin Shearer, Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee, 404-723-0016, erin.shearer@atlchampgame.com

Empress of Soul Gladys Knight to Sing The National Anthem at Super Bowl LIII on CBS

Empress of Soul Gladys Knight to Sing The National Anthem at Super Bowl LIII on CBS

Seven-time Grammy Award-winner and “Empress of Soul” GLADYS KNIGHT will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LIII pregame festivities at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sunday, February 3, the NFL and CBS announced today. The performance will be televised live on CBS prior to kickoff.

“I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” said GLADYS KNIGHT. “The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.”

Click HERE to watch an interview with Gladys Knight about her upcoming performance at Super Bowl LIII.

Gladys Knight has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Knight has recorded two number-one Billboard Hot 100 singles (“Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For”), eleven number-one R&B singles, and six number-one R&B albums. She has won seven Grammy Awards and is an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with The Pips. Fall of 2015 marked the release of Knight’s first mainstream dance record, “Just A Little” in nearly twenty years. The song serves as lead single from her twelfth studio album that she is currently on. The year of 2011 was a year of much recognition as Knight was both honoring and being honored, first at a Michael Jackson tribute concert, and then at the 2011 Soul Train Awards.

Gladys Knight joins the ranks of many great performers who have sung the Super Bowl National Anthem including: Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Mariah Carey, Cher, Natalie Cole, Harry Connick, Jr., Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Faith Hill, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Wynton Marsalis, Idina Menzel, Aaron Neville, P!NK, Jordin Sparks, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Vanessa Williams, and many more. (A complete list of National Anthem performers from past Super Bowls is listed below.) 

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), performer and deaf activist AARRON LOGGINS will sign in American Sign Language both the National Anthem and “America The Beautiful”.

The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER.​

ABOUT GLADYS KNIGHT:

Gladys Knight’s career started when at 7 years old she came to prominence on Ted Mack’s The Original Amateur Hour TV show in 1952. Still performing over six decades in an ever-changing industry, she provides inspiration to those in and out of the arts both on and off the stage. Few have matched her unassailable artistry. The seven-time Grammy winner has had #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R & B and Adult Contemporary while excelling in film, television and live performances. She has won the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Gospel Album” and recorded over 38 albums over her career including four solo albums over the past decade. In addition to her musical endeavors and performing accomplishments, Gladys was honored in 2015 when a portion of Atlanta’s State Route 9 from Peachtree Street to 14th Street was named Gladys Knight Highway. In 2017, she and her husband, William McDowell, founded the Reynolds High School Community Foundation to benefit the renovation of the former high school into a community center for the Canton, NC community.

ABOUT AARRON LOGGINS:

Aarron Loggins is an accomplished dancer, performer, advocate, and actor. He is currently performing on series including The C-Word and Shock Nation, and can be seen in a short film, Warriors of the Red Ribbon. He was the Mister Deaf International of 2014 and was profiled on Fashion News Live. He has danced with performance groups as the Wild Zappers and Da Jump Back, and has performed with the National Theater of the Deaf. In addition, he has acted in several theater productions including Who’s Tommy, and Sense-Able. His talent includes creating visually compelling American Sign Language (ASL) performances of music.

CONTACTS:
NFL: Elena Bakar, Elena.Bakar@NFL.com
CBS: Jen Sabatalle, JSabatelle@CBS.com
Gladys Knight: Laura Herlovich, laura@mlc-lv.com
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