Super Bowl 53: Here's what to expect when the Super Bowl comes to Atlanta Planning for the music and entertainment for Super Bowl LIII has begun. On Location Experiences will orchestrate the music events, focusing on downtown Atlanta, said Don Renzulli, executive vice president of events at OLE. OLE also produces the Super Bowl LIVE festival, a free event that last year stretched across six blocks of downtown Minneapolis and drew more than 1 million people over a 10-day period. Last year, Pink, Jennifer L

Super Bowl LIII is 100 days away: What we know so far

We’re officially less than 100 days away from Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. Are you ready for the mayhem?

“Super Bowl LIII is shaping up to be one of the biggest sporting events in recent years,” John Collins, CEO of NFL hospitality partner On Location Experiences, announced Friday. “From bucket-listers and corporate clients to die-hard team fanatics, On Location provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience including engaging with over 20 NFL Legends attending our events, including our Brand Ambassador, Emmitt Smith, and hosts Jesse Palmer, Marcus Allen and Akbar Gbajabiamila, while enjoying premium cuisine and live music.”

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Here’s what we know about the big game and related festivities so far:

Super Bowl LIII will be held on Feb. 3, 2019, at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, making it the third Super Bowl in Atlanta history. 

The Georgia Dome hosted Super Bowl XXVIII on Jan. 30, 1994 (Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills) and Super Bowl XXXIV on Jan. 30, 2000 (St. Louis Rams vs. Tennessee Titans.)

Get a 360 look inside the new stadium below:

Take a look around Mercedes-Benz Stadium as staff talk about the impressive design built into the hyper-modern facility.

There’s a 10-day festival planned for the big event, including concerts and other activities.

The Super Bowl LIVE fan festival will be held at Centennial Olympic Park. The week of free concerts leading up to the game will be produced by Atlanta producer Jermaine DupriMore about the events around Super Bowl LIII.

Maroon 5 is expected to headline the halftime show.

Variety magazine spilled the beans last month, throwing football fans, including Atlanta-based rapper Waka Flocka Flame, into quite the frenzy. “The Adam Levine-fronted outfit will play Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, although official announcements aren’t expected until later in the NFL season,” AJC music guru Melissa Ruggieri reported.

Tickets to the game are not cheap (and that’s an understatement).

According to a previous report from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ticket packages for the On Location Experiences range from $5,000 up to $17,500, with nine price points in between. More about tickets here.

Several folks are already listing their metro Atlanta homes on Airbnb for the game.

If you want to make some cash renting rooms or homes out, here’s how to list your place on sites like Airbnb or VRBO.

MARTA’s got some work cut out for them.

Hundreds of thousands of fans and tourists are expected to crowd the city, and officials at MARTA are amping up security and safety measures. More about MARTA’s plans.

Volunteers are working hard and in style.

The Super Bowl Host Committee named Atlanta apparel and merchandise agency, The Icebox, the official uniform supplier for its Team ATL volunteer program, The AJC previously reported. They’ll be decking out uniforms for 10,000 volunteers. Catch the uniform reveal on Sunday, Oct. 28 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The official guide for out-of-towners

If you’re coming in from out of town, be sure to check for housing options, which are expected to go quick. Airbnb has several available right now. And be sure to enjoy all that the city has to offer, including the Georgia Aquarium, the Fabulous Fox Theatre and the Beltline.

Look out for new murals leading up to the game.

Several artists have been selected through a local selection committee and public voting process to create up to 30 public murals near the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and downtown Atlanta. The artwork, related to Atlanta’s civil rights and social justice history, will become part of the city of Atlanta’s permanent public art collection, to be maintained by the city. Learn more about the artists here.

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