Atlanta welcomes Super Bowl LIII

- Atlanta officially welcomed Super Bowl LIII to the city during a news conference Monday morning.

"As I stand here today on Monday of Super Bowl week I can say with lots and lots of confidence that Atlanta is ready.  We are prepared to put on the greatest Super Bowl ever," said Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee COO Brett Daniels.

Members of the host committee have been preparing for this event for more than two years--dating all the way back to when they created their pitch to the NFL owners to choose the city for the game.

The host committee has ten thousand volunteers stationed everywhere from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to hotels to help visitors navigate the city.  

Planning for the event included extensive preparations for any potential weather threat, which will be needed Tuesday as snow and ice are in the forecast. Crews spent much of the day Monday putting down salt on the roads and sidewalks downtown to keep them clear.  

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"For those who are staying in the downtown area, you shouldn't have a problem getting in and around downtown for the 24 hours that we are expected inclement weather," said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.  

The Mayor did encourage people to stay home on Tuesday until conditions improve.  

"The great thing about it is we knock this thing out on Tuesday and by Thursday, Friday and this weekend we've got some spectacular days ahead," said Daniels. "So, it's going to be a spectacular weekend for football."

Super Bowl LIII will kick off at Mercedes-Benz Stadium at 6:30 on Sunday evening.  

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