On Tuesday, three future Super Bowl host cities were announced. The Atlanta Falcons were granted the 2019 game and will host for the first time since 2000.
The last time the Falcons hosted the game, a freak ice storm hit the city and was a near disaster for the NFL and the Super Bowl. One owner seems to be concerned about something like that happening again in 2019 and the higher-ups with the Falcons are sure that things will go much more smoothly this time.
“I reminded him that was 16 years ago and the weather in Atlanta, due to climate changes, it’s changed,” Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. “So, it’s beautiful now. We don’t think that will be an issue. I understand that was 1-in-100-years kind of freak stuff.”
Ice and snow is not normally a concern in the city of Atlanta and since they hosted nearly two decades ago, three cold-weather cities have hosted the NFL’s biggest game and all have ran very smoothly.
Blank talked about how the “walkability” of their city and the downtown area is a big reason why he believes the game will fit well in Atlanta.
“I spoke to every owner short of one — myself,” Blank said. “They all thought [the walkability] was a major plus for Atlanta. Everything was within a quarter-, half-mile: hotel rooms, all the amenities. So if the weather is not perfect, [fans] can move around and move around efficiently.”
It is going to be interesting to see what exactly happens with Super Bowl LIII in just the next few years.
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