Just when a temporary Super Bowl concert stadium at Atlantic Station seemed beyond ridiculous, retired NBA legend and metro Atlanta resident Shaquille O’Neal is stepping up like the world’s biggest ringmaster.
The Big Aristotle, aka Shaq Diesel, is promising a Ferris wheel, Cirque De Soleil performance, fire-spitting acrobatics, and concerts by the likes of Migos, Lil John, Diplo, Tiesto, and T-Pain as part of a concept called “Shaq’s Fun House.”
This eclectic one-day circus will happen from 9 a.m. until 2 a.m., two days before the February 3 Super Bowl, at SunTrust Park’s Live at the Battery! area.
Foo Fighters and Run the Jewels are scheduled to play the Atlantic Station venue the following night.
A party-starter befitting Las Vegas in his retirement, O’Neil told USA Today this week his Cobb County blowout will be “talked about for years to come” as “the best Super Bowl party ever seen.”
Shaq staged a similar concept at Minnesota’s Super Bowl last year.
The 15-time All Star with four NBA championship rings is “Atlanta’s biggest resident and is bringing the best of the city to the Fun House,” reads the website for 2019’s incarnation.
All-inclusive tickets with dining options that include STK and, yes, Waffle House begin at $249. Bottle-service packages climb as high as $50,000.
As his affiliation with Atlanta-based TNT (and his Grady Memorial Hospital commercials) might suggest, the oversized television analyst has longstanding ties with the metro area.
In 2016, in fact, O’Neal bought a $1.15 million, 14-acre estate in McDonough that has two houses, a gym, swimming pool, and a three-stall barn, as the LA Times reported.