Don’t expect the Super Bowl to return to Atlanta any time soon

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It is Super Bowl week in Los Angeles, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell answered various questions from the media pertaining to the ongoing investigation into the Washington Commanders, Brian Flores’ lawsuit, and future Super Bowl venues. What he didn’t answer was D. Orlando Ledbetter’s question about when the big game would return to Atlanta.

Super Bowl LIII was played on February 3, 2019, between the Rams and Patriots in a culmination of the 2018 season. It was the first Super Bowl in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened up in 2017. Atlanta had previously hosted two Super Bowls at the Georgia Dome, the last being Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000.

Super Bowl LIII was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in NFL history; its one touchdown was also the fewest amount in any Super Bowl. It was tied 3-3 entering the fourth quarter in what had to be the most boring championship game I have ever watched.

State Farm Arena hosted Super Bowl Opening Night, while the World Congress Center hosted the Super Bowl Experience. It was an incredible event if you got to go, featuring performances by Ludacris, Migos, Aerosmith, Post Malone, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Zac Brown, and more.

Gooddell’s refusal to answer probably doesn’t mean anything at all, but the ratings of the game weren’t great. Nielsen Ratings measured a 44.9 rating for the game, down 5% from the previous year and the lowest rating for a Super Bowl in ten years.

It is possible these poor ratings had an effect on Goodell’s silence. Still, one thing is certain, Atlanta natives: don’t expect a Super Bowl anytime soon in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, especially considering the new construction of SoFi and Allegiant Stadiums.

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