Atlanta officials are hoping that the spectacular new billion-dollar stadium will help tip the scale in Atlanta’s favor in its bid to host the Super Bowl in 2019 or 2020.
Mayor Kasim Reed is pushing hard to host the nation’s biggest sporting event, by far, which would being in an estimated $400 million into the local economy. The 2013 Super Bowl delivered $480 million to New Orleans, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported the council stated. The Atlanta City Council is backing the mayor wholeheartedly as they voted unanimously to join the bidding process.
Reed cited Atlanta’s track record of hosting two previous Super Bowls, in 1994 and 2000 at the soon-to-be defunct Georgia Dome, and that the Mercedes-Benz Stadium now under construction will be ready in time for either the 2019 or 2020 NFL championship games.
The new retractable-roof stadium, which is due to open in 2017, has already procured the college football National Championship game in 2018.
Atlanta is not alone, however. Miami, New Orleans and Tampa will also be jostling for the rights the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls, the NFL confirmed Tuesday night.
And if Los Angeles can get a team by the 2018 season, they will also be eligible to bid for the 2020 game.
The host cities will likely be voted upon during the league owners meetings in May 2016.
It would be the 11th Super Bowl for New Orleans, a favorite destination for the NFL and fans.
“New Orleans is a Super Bowl favorite city and has been for many years,” Saints owner Tom Benson said in a statement. “We are excited to be once again invited and I am confident that our city leaders and the hospitality community will come together and put forth our best bid.”
Miami, meanwhile, is also aiming to host its 11th Super Bowl, which is tied with New Orleans for the most.
Tampa is bidding for its fifth Super Bowl.