Posted: 10:32 am Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Atlanta will get Super Bowl despite weather 

By Jeff Schultz

Pay no attention to this memory, football fans. (David Tullis)

Pay little attention to this memory when it’s time for Atlanta’s Super Bowl bid. (AP photo)

The Falcons decided to hold an “historic” (quoting from a news release) ground-breaking for their new stadium Monday night, complete with fireworks. It was a curiously timed event in that the team has already bulldozed the first of two churches to make room for the stadium and has been plowing land for several weeks.

But NFL owners were in town for spring meetings so actually it makes perfect sense. This was all for show. It was for Falcons owner Arthur Blank to try to change the talking points in Atlanta for residents who still may be unhappy about public money being used for his palace, and/or are possibly still hungover from last year’s 4-12 season. It was also to try to start to build momentum for the city getting another Super Bowl.

Let me address the Super Bowl issue one last time: It’s in the bag.

You’re going to hear a lot about how Atlanta has so much to overcome because an ice storm has already wrecked one Super Bowl week (in 2000), and the city’s and state’s response to the last winter blast bordered on Stooge-like. (It’s never good when you’re the lead story on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”) There’s no question Blank and Atlanta’s Super Bowl bid committee will need to submit a 78-point plan should a storm hit game week again.

But the NFL has a history of rewarding owners and cities that build new stadiums with a Super Bowl. If Blank doesn’t get his Super Bowl in 2019 — the earliest Atlanta it eligible — it will happen soon after.

But that’s no guarantee for the future Super Bowls. It’s more likely Atlanta will then be pushed to the background as a candidate city, as owners will always prefer warm weather climates in the winter — Florida, Arizona and New Orleans.

Just guessing: The best case scenario is one Super Bowl every 10 years. That would be two in 20 years.

And if recent history means anything, then it would be time for a new stadium again.

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22 comments
Wwatl34
Wwatl34

Funny how weather is used for an excuse. The real reason Atl hasn't had another SB is because of the Ray Lewis scandal. Ever notice he only played in ATL once, if that after the trial.

inoto20
inoto20

Another obozo scandal. Now with the VA. Amazing how he always finds out about these scandals from the media.  Irs targeting conservatives..media..fast and furious...media...benghazi...media...obuma care website...media...no leadership at all. All they do is spin a story and so many idiots accept it. 


I thought this was going to be the most open presidency. Ha. Most secretive and non trustworthy.


PeachtreeBart
PeachtreeBart

Atlanta really should have happened in Savannah.  Better winter weather, a waterfront and shipping industry, and lots of history and character.  Think how many Super Bowls would have been held there already.

SlimDem
SlimDem

Do any of you REALLY think that the NFL will grant Atlanta another Super Bowl after Gov. Deal's screw up of the traffic during this past winter's snow/ice storm?


Don't hold your breathe.


HonestInformed
HonestInformed

Don't forget about the "Super Bowl week" MURDER committed by Ray Lewis & his entourage Atlanta...........he should be in jail and I really wish he was NOT on ESPN! 

RonRoberts
RonRoberts

Please; if Indianapolis can be in the running for another Super Bowl, Atlanta can be involved, too.  I've lived in New Orleans (or nearby it) for about five years, and I know with certainty, that city's just as susceptible to a freak winter storm in late January/early February, too.

The problem isn't the weather so much as the metro area's inability to weather-proof it's traffic and infrastructure.  The stadium was never the problem, either.


This past winter's snowpocalypse is proof enough.  There was no major event going on the day Atlanta grinded to a halt (thank goodness).  Atlanta's just never been an area to embrace mass transit (Marta into Gwinnett and Cobb Counties would've negated a lot of interstate gridlock that day), and that spells doom in case something like a freak winter storm hits the city again.

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

Not sure what it is with either the AJC, or the sports writers, but very few of my posts appear. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

Jeff is correct here.  Hosting a Super Bowl is one of the tools the NFL uses to pry tax dollars for new stadia.  Once Atlanta has a Super Bowl in the new stadium there will be a line of other owners wanting the same thing - beginning with places like Santa Clara and San Diego. 

I hope Jeff is using the phrase "Super Bowl" under the fair usage exemption - he doesn't want Goodell and the lawyers coming after him for tradename infringement.

http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/qs3r6w/logo-restrictions-for-the-super-bowl

maxman2660
maxman2660

it's amazing what a new billion dollar(partially taxpayer funded) new ball stadium will do for a city's image aint it

JackClemens
JackClemens

Yes, it is in the bag. Didn't Jerry's World have an ice storm, too (you know, in addition to seating issues for people with tickets, etc.)?

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Falcons need to win a damn Super Bowl.

Savdon
Savdon

As they say in the transport business:  "No probbbb-lem.  Send it ova."

UGA76
UGA76

@SlimDem The mayor of Atlanta is responsible for Atlanta.  I worked with those city of Atlanta clowns during the Olympics.  They don't care about their citizens, only lining their pockets.  Can any long time Atlanta dweller forget the embarrassment of Mayor Bill Campbell turning the beautiful streets of Atlanta into a cheap flea market in front of the World. 

RangeRover
RangeRover

@SlimDem  

I believe you mean the buffoon mayor circumventing traffic to get his face on TV.  Do you blame everything on all others, girly man?  Try some personal responsibility and accountability...does a real man good!

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

Maybe because I said the new stadium looks like an anus. 

JSSN
JSSN

@PaulinNH  

San Diego, I love it when you put funny stuff on here!

Falcon82
Falcon82

@WhiskeyBreath @PeachtreeBart  He's saying Atlanta should have been in Savannah's area with nicer weather, etc. I.e. Savannah should be Atlanta with the GA Dome there as well

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@JSSN

That's right - I forgot. The Glazers will be going for a new stadium deal first