Are you ready for some football? And commercials? On February 3rd, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will play host to what we’ll call “Wonderful Bowl LIII” (you know, for copyright reasons. This also explains our cheesy non-copyrighted graphic above!), and we couldn’t be more excited! Well, we would be more excited if the Falcons were playing in it, but we’ll look past that for now! It has been almost 20 years since Atlanta hosted the Big Game, and it will be the first time in our beautiful new stadium. Here’s a preview of this year’s Wonderful Bowl.
Where It’s Going Down
At a cost of over $150 million and with a seating capacity of more than 71,000, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is following the trend of new stadiums hosting the Wonderful Bowl. This comes on the heels of Wonderful Bowl LII being played in the newly finished U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis in 2018 and Wonderful Bowl L in Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. The unique design of the building stands out against the Atlanta skyline. It features a pinwheel-shaped retractable roof that opens up to allow in natural light and fresh air. Plus, when not enjoying the game, visitors can see more than 180 individual works of art scattered around the premises, including the massive steel Falcon that stands an impressive 41 feet tall and has a 70-foot wingspan!
The team from New England is one of the most divisive in the league, but also features one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. Even Brady haters have to admit he has put up impressive numbers over his long career. Tom Brady has led the Patriots to 9 Wonderful Bowl appearances (a league record) and won 5 of those. He is no stranger to the Big Game. The Pats have seen themselves as underdogs all season and will be coming into the game with a chip on their shoulder.
The Rams have been one of the hottest teams in the league this year, and they are out to prove they can win big games no matter what city they are coming from. Just 2 years since their return to Los Angeles, the Rams have built a team that is formidable on both sides of the ball. With the unstoppable Todd Gurley carrying the pigskin and QB Jared Goff building his own legacy, LA will be a force to be reckoned with as they try to bring home the team’s first Lombardi Trophy since 2000. The last time the Rams were in the Wonderful Bowl was in 2002, when they lost to Brady and the Patriots, so they will be out for revenge.
Whether you are a football fan or not, it will be hard to avoid talk of the Wonderful Bowl as the game approaches here in Atlanta. Are you planning on going? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram. And be sure to follow our blog here for more Atlanta happenings.