5 things to do in Miami for the 2020 Super Bowl

On Feb. 2, Super Bowl LIV will be held in Miami at Hard Rock Stadium.

Even though Falcons fans don’t have much to celebrate this season, serious football followers from Atlanta will still travel to sunny South Florida to enjoy festivities centered around Super Bowl LIV.

The game is scheduled Feb.  2 at Hard Rock Stadium. This will be the fifth Super Bowl hosted in the stadium, but it is a record-breaking 11th Super Bowl in Miami. Most recently in 2010, the Saints and Colts played for the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the same stadium.

"Many things have changed from the last time we hosted a Super Bowl 10 years ago," wrote Rodney Barreto, chairman of the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee in this year's official guide. "You will be able to visit new and emerging neighborhoods and local attractions, use state-of-the-art transportation, and savor the variety of tastes and sounds of our multicultural community."

The hashtag for the celebration encourages visitors to "Live It Miami." The committee provides plenty to do for out-of-town guests.

Downtown events

Super Bowl Live, a free event, starts Saturday, Jan. 25 and will run all week. It features a Tailgate Town fan experience, fireworks, evening parades, water shows on Biscayne Bay, and stages showcasing local talent and national entertainers, including Lady Gaga.

The committee is also hosting the Super Bowl Experience. This ticketed football theme park has autograph opportunities from current NFL players.

Lady Gaga is scheduled to perform a concert the night before the Super Bowl in Miami.  

Credit: Kevin C. Cox

Credit: Kevin C. Cox

The Big Game

Those in town for the Super Bowl will flock to Hard Rock Stadium to see the game. Ticket prices start at $4,000 on Ticketmaster but will continue to fluctuate closer to game day.

See Miami

Miami offers plenty of other attractions when visitors need a break from the football hype. Visitors can enjoy sandy beaches or the Instagrammable Art Deco District. The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is consistently highly rated on travel sites such as TripAdvisor. For retail, tourists will enjoy shopping Aventura Mall and Dolphin Mall.

Dining and nightlife

Visitors can take advantage of the city’s diversity through Miami’s many dining options. Check out Ocean Drive for popular beachfront spots or Little Havana for traditional Cuban food. There are many options from cheap eats to fine dining, and many bars are along the party-friendly district of South Beach.

Travel smart

If Atlantans decide to travel for Super Bowl LIV, keep in mind a higher volume of airport traffic during the weekend.

The Miami Super Bowl website predicts Feb. 3 to be the busiest travel day. When passing through Miami International Airport on that day, they recommend travelers check their bags at least three hours before their flights.

Flight prices are above average during Super Bowl weekend, with prices starting at about $500 on Delta to fly from Atlanta to Miami round-trip, according to Google Flights as of Jan. 23.

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