5. The trend continued of awarding Super Bowls to cities that build new stadiums. All five NFL stadiums that have opened since 2006 have already hosted Super Bowls. And the next two stadiums to open – Minnesota's this year and Atlanta's next year — will host back-to-back Super Bowls in 2018 and 2019.
6. Atlanta's bid was presented to the NFL owners by the CEOs of two Atlanta-based companies, Rick Smith of Equifax and Doug Hertz of United Distributors. "It was nerve-wracking," Hertz said of the four-ballot vote. "You hope you win on the first vote and think you deserve to, but there are three other cities that thought they should win, too, I'm sure." Smith described his reaction to the victory as "utter joy."
7. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, in a letter to New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, said New Orleans lost out to "unusually strong and unique competition" for the 2019 game. Atlanta's pitch, titled "Atlanta Transformed," emphasized the new stadium and the substantial taxpayer investment in it. The pitch also stressed the other downtown attractions that have opened since the Super Bowl was last played here in 2000. Full story here.
8. Blank's message to Falcons coach Dan Quinn within minutes of winning the vote: "I've already texted our coach and said I want to play in our Super Bowl in '19 — and sooner. And that's how he feels as well." Full story here.