Super Bowl LIII will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 3 place in Atlanta’s own Mercedes-Benz stadium where the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams will fight for the championship title. As football fans are gearing up for the big game, the city of Atlanta is preparing to welcome an expected 1 million fans to come into the city for the Super Bowl itself and related events, according to the AJC. Due to the incoming travel for the game, Hartsfield-Jackson airport is expected to break its own record of travelers to pass through security on a single day, projecting over 100,000 travelers.
For students who are looking to stay on campus for the game, the official Oglethorpe Super Bowl watch party will take place in the TLCC dining hall. Students can expect to watch the game with their fellow Petrels and enjoy snacks and treats. For those who want to avoid a big crowd, they can also enjoy watching it in Jacobs lounge, Bowden Magbee’s fourth floor, and the TLCC’s game room. If students have a television with an antenna, they can watch the game on CBS, local channel 46.
Oglethorpe students who want to partake in downtown festivities should head out early and take MARTA.
“MARTA, MARTA, MARTA, ride-share or your sneakers,” said Deputy Chief Scott Kreher on how to approach the transit in the city during the Super Bowls and the days leading to it. Despite the preparations the city is making for the game, Atlanta suffers a chronic traffic problem that will only be augmented with the mass number of visitors and lane closures on mayor roads in downtown and midtown. These lane and road closures will be necessary for the millions of people wo are expected to attend the game, go to sports bars, restaurants, Centennial Olympic Park and other downtown attractions during game time.
To accommodate for the expected increases in transit, MARTA will be expanding from their usual services. Rail lines will run around the clock starting from 4 a.m. Feb. 1 to 2 a.m. Feb. 5. These same dates apply for bus routes, however, only a few routes, 15, 39, 83 and 196, will run continuously. As for the Streetcar, it will operate every nine minutes, up from its usual 10-15-minute intervals.
This year’s Super Bowl is expected to be a nail biter. The Patriots, an Atlanta rival after the Falcons lost the bowl to the Patriots in 2017, and the Rams will show off their talent in the new Mercedes Stadium. Tom Brady is looking to mark sports history once again by winning his sixth ring, against a competitive Rams team headed by the youngest coach in the NFL, Sean McVay. The CBS sports team predicts that the Patriots will take the title by using what they call an unbiased computer model. However, Super Bowls are known for their surprises and last-minute game changing plays.
For those who aren’t necessarily football fans but are looking forward to the commercials, this year’s Super Bowl ads are expected to be geared toward humor, this according to ABC’s Good Morning America. Some of the most expected commercials include Pepsi’s ad featuring rapper Cardi B and comedian Steve Carell, as well as Bumble’s ad with tennis superstar Serena Williams.