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Atlanta Delegation On Intelligence Mission To Super Bowl LII

U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of Sunday’s Super Bowl, is shown Tuesday in Minneapolis. Atlanta-area officials are traveling to Minneapolis this week to learn as much as they can before Atlanta hosts the Super Bowl next year.
U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of Sunday’s Super Bowl, is shown Tuesday in Minneapolis. Atlanta-area officials are traveling to Minneapolis this week to learn as much as they can before Atlanta hosts the Super Bowl next year.
Credit Matt Slocum / Associated Press

About 100 Atlanta-area officials will travel to Minneapolis this week for the Super Bowl. They’re trying to learn as much as they can before Atlanta hosts the big game next year.

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Public safety officials, staff from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and representatives from Atlanta’s event and sports venues will make the trip.

They’re looking for what works and doesn’t as hundreds of thousands of fans descend on Minneapolis for Super Bowl festivities.

“I kind of look at it like a large puzzle. So, you’re just taking those pieces and trying to determine how does it best fit into your city with the assets that you have there,” said Brett Daniels, chief operating officer for the Super Bowl LIII Host Committee.

Daniels says the Super Bowl is a much bigger puzzle than other large sports events Atlanta has hosted in the past, like the College Football Playoff National Championship game just a few weeks ago.

He says the biggest challenges for Atlanta will be the city’s unpredictable winter weather and managing traffic and public safety in its tightly packed tourist district.

“It’s not just another convention coming to town and taking up some hotel rooms and some convention center space,” Daniels said. “It really takes over the entire community.”

Officials in Minneapolis expect close to 1 million fans to flock to their city for the 10 days of events leading up to the game. Daniels predicts Atlanta could see similar numbers.

He says Atlanta’s host committee has been working since early last year in preparation for next year’s Super Bowl,  scheduled for Feb 3. 2019.