The city of Atlanta has won the bid to host the Super Bowl in 2019, after NFL owners voted Tuesday. Tampa, New Orleans, Miami and Los Angeles were also in the running to host the championship games from 2019 through 2021.
“It’s a wonderful day for our city and franchise and I know the people of Atlanta and all of Georgia will deliver a spectacular Super Bowl celebration in 2019,” Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur M. Blank said in a statement.
“Atlanta has truly transformed since it last hosted the Super Bowl in 2000, and I’m grateful to the NFL and team owners for this very special opportunity,” Blank said.
The new Mercedes-Benz stadium is scheduled to open in June 2017. Earlier this year, state lawmakers passed a law that would provide a tax exemption on ticket sales for the Super Bowl, a requirement the NFL has said is needed for any city hosting the game.
“This has been a very long process. We told the people of Atlanta that if we built the Mercedes-Benz stadium that we would win the Super Bowl,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said.
“The only thing that could make this better is if ‘Matty Ice’ and the Falcons are in the Super Bowl in 2019.”
William Pate, president and CEO of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, said he expects hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city because of it.
“An event like this is an opportunity for us to really show off our city to new visitors, which we hope will come back again and again,” Pate said.