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Open Thread: Super Bowl LIII is over. How did the City of Atlanta perform?

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Did the Big Peach earn another Big Game? Do we want another one?

Centennial Olympic Park’s climbable, oversized Vince Lombardi Trophy, where Welcome to Atlanta basically played on loop for a week.
Centennial Olympic Park’s climbable, oversized Vince Lombardi Trophy and platform, where Welcome to Atlanta basically played on loop for a week.
Photos by Curbed Atlanta staff; unless noted

You know a major event is afoot when Midtown streets are jammed with cars and droves of ride-share drivers are confused on a Saturday night—er, make that 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning.

You know it’s the Super Bowl when, for instance, actor Danny Trejo is clad in Los Angeles Rams attire and shouting, “Go Rams!” from the back of an SUV to whooping fans on Marietta Street. Or when Patriots fans packed 10 deep on the patio of Fado Irish Pub on Peachtree Street are hollering, “Matt Ryan’s a bum!” at a cyclist wearing a Falcons jersey.

Even KoP was doing the SB up-charge at Centennial Olympic Park.

Atlantans who braved the onslaught of the city’s first Super Bowl in 19 years surely witnessed at least a few similar spectacles this past weekend. The Big Game brought a supercharged mix of commerce, bacchanalia, gridiron testosterone, and of course Atlanta pride—evidenced most noticeably by the ubiquitous, relentlessly cheerful Host Committee volunteers.

But aside from constant downtown gridlock, a handful of celebrity arrests, and a too-brief Big Boi halftime show performance, no major snags were reported across more than a week of festivities, with the world watching. And plenty of locals were savvy enough to profit from the influx.

Which begs the questions: How did Atlanta perform on the biggest stage in major American sports? Was the hassle—and millions in public money spent—worth it? Should we be hustling to do it all again ASAP? (Super Bowl locations have been determined through 2024, and they include competing cities: Miami, Tampa, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and New Orleans, respectively.)

That’s the topic for this installment of Open Threads. Feel free, as always, to sound off in the comments section.

But first, a few observations from the wild weekend that was ...

The concept sounded tacky, but is anyone else going to kind of miss that giant knight?
Los Angeles band The Jacks declared Atlanta “a beautiful city” upon their first visit.
Part of the massive security infrastructure the Super Bowl required.
During an interview as part of Super Bowl Live festivities, Doug E. Fresh got the crowd moving with impromptu beatboxing.
The exterior of a temporary, 72,000-square-foot venue erected at Atlantic Station for DirectTV Super Saturday Night.
The sold-out Run the Jewels and Foo Fighters concert notched more than 9,000 in attendance and was beamed via Twitter and live television to 4 million viewers. The many celebrities in the house included Paul Rudd, Jon Hamm, Vanessa Hudgens, and Aaron Rodgers.
Interiors elaborate enough to feel almost permanent.
Surprise guests joining the Foo Fighters onstage included Queen drummer Roger Taylor (not pictured), Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, Georgia’s own Zac Brown, and Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.
Getty Images for AT&T
Run the Jewels’s Killer Mike, at left, seemed humbled by the venue and worldwide buzz his hometown was experiencing as Super Bowl host.
Getty Images for AT&T