It’s little surprise that Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is quite pleased with every facet of the new stadium he’s building, but another NFL owner has given it his seal of approval as well.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he’s floored by the beauty of Mercedes-Benz Stadium and has no doubt that it will be a perfect rival to his AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In an interview with ESPN.com, Jones said he has already visited the construction site multiple times and has no doubt it will be the site of the Super Bowl in 2019.
“Well, that stadium has Super Bowl written all over it,” Jones told ESPN.com. “It is nothing short of magnificent, and I’m not exaggerating. With the entire franchise, (Blank) has put his heart and soul into it. He’ll do anything to win. And he hasn’t spared the rod on that stadium. He has, just every step of the way, expanded the scope of it by making it just as good as good can be.”
With Super Bowl 52 already awarded to Minneapolis, which will open its own new billion-dollar stadium next season, Super Bowl 53 will be up next for selection. According to the ESPN.com report, Atlanta will be considered, as well as Miami, Tampa and New Orleans. But in the opinions of at least two NFL owners, that game will be played in Atlanta.
“We generally, if you look – it’s not written policy because each one has to be voted on by the owners – but it has a very obvious logic that the owners usually follow that if you make that type of commitment, you should be able to have a Super Bowl,” Jones also told ESPN.com. “Of course Atlanta is a great place, a great city to have a Super Bowl.”
The Super Bowl 53 vote will be held at the NFL spring league meeting in Charlotte toward the end of May, the report added, and if Atlanta does not win rights to host that game, look for them to apply to host Super Bowl 54 next year.
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