The Super Bowl is more than a game–it’s a cultural institution. What started as a playoff match has grown into a multiday food, music, and football extravaganza, leading the Super Bowl to become one of the United States’ most popular travel events. This year, Atlanta hosts the 53rd Super Bowl, where the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams will compete in the most-watched sporting event in the country. This is only Atlanta’s third time hosting (Miami and New Orleans are tied for the most Super Bowls at 10 apiece), and the city has pulled out all the stops to prep for the influx of fans.
Whether you’re a football fanatic or just here for the commercials, here are 10 fun facts about travel to this year’s Super Bowl weekend.
The number of people expected to travel to Atlanta for the big event–approximately the same size as the population of Austin, Texas. [Here's everything to know when planning a trip to Atlanta]
The miles the Los Angeles Rams need to travel to Atlanta. Their trip was more than twice as long as the Patriots, who needed to travel 936 miles.
The number of seats in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in 2017. It pales in comparison to the size of some college arenas—the University of Michigan boasts the largest football stadium in the United States, with a capacity of 107,601 people.
The projected revenue from Atlanta Airbnb rentals during Super Bowl weekend. This cost for a room through the rental service averages $170, up 112.5 percent from the normal room price of $80.
The percentage increase in demand for home rentals in the Atlanta area compared to January 2018. According to Forbes, Atlanta homeowners could make over $1,300 by renting their home out to Super Bowl travelers.
The number of rooftop solar panels on Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The self-proclaimed “most sustainable sports venue in the world” is the United States’ first professional stadium to achieve LEED Platinum status.
The average cost of tickets for the 2019 Super Bowl. Admission to the first event in 1967 cost a mere $12, which would be about $90 today. [See incredible pictures of Patriots Linebacker James Harrison's extreme workout recovery.]
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Former National Geographic Travel staffer Erin Spencer is a marine ecologist based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Follow her adventures on Twitter @etspencer.