ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Two years of preparation, 10 days of events, one night of football, and it’s all now over. Or is it? Things might not get back to normal around downtown Atlanta until midweek as Atlanta unwinds from hosting Super Bowl LIII.
MARTA’s rail service will still be operating around the clock through 2 a.m. on Tuesday. In particular, it will have increased trains to Airport Station from downtown. Officials are advising visitors to be out of a hotel and on a MARTA train to the airport up to five hours in advance, so they can get to the screening lines at least two hours early.
This might sound like a long time, but officials at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will see at least a 33 percent spike in travelers and TSA screening is expected to be heavy throughout the day on Monday.
The TSA also advises travelers to not bring any official or commemorative programs from the game to security for screening since they might set off certain security alarms.
TSA officials have brought in extra officers from other airports to help speed up the process of getting through the security lines.
Private planes which overflowed at Peachtree DeKalb Airport, effectively shutting down a runway to allow for parking of aircraft, were taking off all night long despite a voluntary curfew in place from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Travel through downtown Atlanta will still be unfriendly to motorists. Those who work in the area might want to use Monday to telework from home. Equipment will be hauled away, vehicles parked at the stadium for the week will begin to caravan out. This is the reason many downtown roadways will remain closed.
The following roads will be closed through the following days:
- Northside Drive NW from Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. NW to M.L.King Jr. Drive SW (South)
- Mitchell St. SW between MLK Jr. Dr. SW (South) to Elliot St. SW.
- Mangum St. between Markham St. to Foundry St.
- MLK Jr. Dr. SW (South) between Northside Dr. NW to Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW
- Andrew Young International Blvd. NW between Marietta St. NW and Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW
- Baker St. NW between Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW and Luckie St. NW
Also, if you are driving through the city, keep an eye out for Andy Wright and his team at Wright-Brown Electric Company. They were tasked with putting up hundreds of banners on Atlanta’s streetlight celebrating the Super Bowl. Monday morning, they start to take them all down again.
Meanwhile, NFL officials will hold a "handing off" ceremony in Atlanta on Monday morning. The ceremony hands over the responsibilities to next year's Super Bowl to the next host city. That will be Miami. The NFL has hosts cities picked out through 2024.