It’s coming! It’s bigger than the college football playoffs or the major league soccer championship! It’s the Super Bowl LIII! Atlanta will host the world’s biggest game for hundreds of thousands of people on February 3. Here are some ideas for how to navigate the crazy event and have a great time!
THE PRE-SUPER BOWL PARTY
The big game’s kickoff is at 6:30 EST on February 3, but there will be events for at least a week earlier. A free series of musical festivities, Super Bowl Live, will be open in Centennial Olympic Park from January 26 through February 2; the series will be produced by Grammy-winning Jermaine Dupri and showcase Atlanta artists such as Goodie Mob. Super Bowl Live
The Foo Fighters and rap duo Run the Jewels, featuring Atlantan Killer Mike, will play Midtown’s Atlantic Station the day before the Super Bowl. Next to the Atlanta Braves new stadium just outside the city, metro Atlanta resident and retired NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal will host a carnival and music festival the Friday before the game; don’t miss “Shaq’s Fun House.”
NOT A FAN? RENT YOUR HOUSE…
If football isn’t your game, you might want to leave town for a few days. You also might want to make your home a temporary rental to make some Super Bowl money. Airbnb invites you to a how-to event if you’re interested; the event will be at the Gathering Spot on January 16.
OUT-OF-TOWNERS BEWARE! DON’T TAKE CHANCES!
Be aware that many hotels and Airbnb rentals inside the Perimeter are already booked. If you arrive without accommodations, you may be out of luck in finding a room. You might still find a room near a MARTA station or on the outskirts of town. MARTA can get you to the stadium from many areas outside the city. stumbling distance of MARTA stations
TRAFFIC WILL BE CRAZY!
If you live here or know Atlanta, you understand that traffic can be horrible! It will be worse! Road closings will begin as soon as January 21, which combined with out-of-state cars will make the morning commute a mess. Street closures are subject to change, but Super Bowl officials have released the following:
1. SUPER BOWL CAMPUS
Starting Monday, January 21 through Friday, February 8
Baker Street NW will be closed between Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW and Luckie Street NW.
Starting Monday, January 21 through Thursday, February 7
Mitchell Street SW will be closed between MLK Jr. Drive SW (South) to Elliot Street SW.
Mangum St. will be closed between Markham Street to Foundry Street
MLK Jr. Dr. SW (South) will be closed between Northside Dr. NW to Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW
Starting Wednesday, January 23 through Thursday, February 7
Andrew Young International Boulevard NW will be closed between Marietta Street NW and Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW.
2. NFL HONORS
Starting at 1 a.m. on Friday, February 1 through 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 3
Peachtree Street between Ponce De Leon Avenue and 3rd Street
There will be a full closure of Ponce De Leon Avenue and 3rd Street between West Peachtree and Peachtree
3. SUPER BOWL LIII: GAMEDAY CLOSURES
Starting the evening of Saturday, February 2 through the morning of Monday, February 4
Northside Drive NW will be closed between Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd NW and MLK Jr. Drive SW (South)
TAKE THE STREETCAR!
For anyone who lives in or will be touristing in or around downtown, Old Fourth Ward, or Sweet Auburn, the streetcar can provide relaxing transportation when pedestrian traffic becomes over-crowded. MARTA officials say that the streetcar system will be running its regular hours and possibly overtime during Super Bowl festivities.
USE MARTA WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
Midtown Alliance reports that MARTA rail and bus operations will be expanded to accommodate the crowds before and after the Super Bowl.
MARTA’s Super Bowl service plan will step up bus and rail service as follows:
Tuesday, January 29—Friday, February 1
Bus service will operate on a regular schedule
Rail service will start early at 4 a.m.
Friday, February 1 at 4 a.m.—Tuesday, February 5 at 2 a.m.
Rail service will run continuously, 24 hours a day
Bus service on routes 15, 39, 83, and 96 will run continuously, 24 hours a day
For Midtown commuters that currently drive alone but are interested in using transit, Midtown Transportation and Georgia Commute Options are offering free 10-trip passes to give transit a try during the Super Bowl. Valid for MARTA, Xpress, CobbLinc or Gwinnett County Transit…while supplies last. Eligible commuters can register here for Try Transit Super Bowl Edition.
LOCATE YOUR UBER OR LYFT DRIVER
Downtown and close-by neighborhoods will be jammed with people needing rides, if surge pricing doesn’t totally discourage them. Super Bowl officials have dedicated pickup and drop-off points near Mercedes-Benz Stadium:
January 26–February 2: Centennial Olympic Park Drive, in front of CNN Center
Gameday–February 3: Centennial Olympic Park Drive, in front of CNN Center and the NAPA Yellow Lot (for drop off only)