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Layman: Atlanta made big changes to land Super Bowl LIII

Posted: 1:43 PM, Jan 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-29 14:53:44-05

ATLANTA, Ga. (WTVF) — It's been 19 long years since the Titans were at the Super Bowl, which happens to be the last time the game was held in Atlanta. A lot has changed since then.

World class hospitality is one of the three pillars Atlanta built it's bid around for Super Bowl LIII. The other two? A walkable downtown footprint for events and the $1.6 billion dollar Mercedes-Benz stadium.

"Our goal was to build the finest sports and entertainment complex in the United States if not the world," Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said.

The impact of the Super Bowl goes far beyond game day. The Super Bowl LIII Host Committee, along with Blank, created Legacy 53, focused on rebuilding downtrodden neighborhood through capital improvement and youth engagement initiatives.

Mercedes-Benz stadium has helped Atlanta get other big events beyond the Super Bowl as well; it hosted the College Football Playoff National Championship game last year and will host the Final Four next year. It's the first time a city has hosted those three major events in a three-year span.

NewsChannel 5 Sports Anchor Steve Layman is in Atlanta all week ahead of Super Bowl LIII, which you can watch on NewsChannel 5 this Sunday. Kickoff is 5:20 p.m.