Atlanta has been selected as a finalist to host a Super Bowl in either 2019 or 2020. The decision was announced on Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.
Per Tyler Dragon of NFL.com, Atlanta is among four finalists including divisional rivals New Orleans.
"The NFL has selected Miami, Tampa, New Orleans and Atlanta as finalists for the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.All four cities’ bids will go before the owners for a vote next May."
This doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Falcons owner Arthur Blank has expressed his desire to host a Super Bowl when the new stadium is completed.
In recent years, teams with new stadiums have been given the opportunity to host a Super Bowl. The 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium will host next February’s Super Bowl 50 in the stadium’s second year. The new Minnesota Vikings’ stadium, still under construction, will host Super Bowl LII in 2018.
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Miami will be hoping their new stadium renovations will help in their bid. The renovations are expected to be completed by the start of the 2016 season.
The new Atlanta Falcons stadium, which will easily be one of the best NFL venues when it opens its doors in 2017, could well play host to a Super Bowl in the next five years.
Two of the four bidding cities will be selected for the games in May 2016 after a vote from the NFL owners.
What do you think? Would you want to see a Super Bowl in Atlanta? And do you think they have a good chance of hosting one of the games?