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Atlanta wins Super Bowl LIII bid in 2019

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UPDATE: Super Bowl LIII (53) will be played in Atlanta in 2019, according to multiple sources. 

The location of the Super Bowl will be played at the incomplete Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The stadium is expected to open in 2017.

This is the first Super Bowl in Atlanta since Super Bowl XXIV (34) in 2000.  


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The NFL's 32 owners will vote on the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Super Bowls Tuesday at the NFL Owners Meeting at the Ballantyne Hotel in Charlotte N.C.

The consensus heading into the meetings is that Atlanta will be one of three cities to walk away with a Super Bowl.

Rodney Barreto, chairman of the South Florida bid committee, spoke to the media before entering the meetings echoing what many predict will be the three winning cities.

"“I think Atlanta, Miami, and LA are going to be the winners,” he said.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank was one of the last to arrive for the meetings. He traveled to Charlotte early Tuesday morning to make it in time for the first meeting at 9:30 a.m.

However, Falcons President Rich McKay was seen walking around the hotel and shaking hands around 8 a.m.

Blank nor McKay spoke to the media Tuesday before the meetings.

However, 11Alive learned exclusive details of Atlanta's pitch Monday night along with the pitches for New Orleans and Los Angeles.

Atlanta's pitch is titled "Atlanta Transformed" featuring a video voiced by U.N. Ambassador and former Mayor Andrew Young, according to a source who was inside the room of the rehearsal pitches.

L.A. will present two videos in its pitch that includes multiple celebrities, and New Orleans will boast its downtown area and nightlife, according to the source.

The group will meet until sometime around noon when they break for lunch. After lunch, cities will begin making their pitches. Each pitch will last about 15 minutes. 

Atlanta will make their pitch at roughly 1:30 p.m. if everything stays on schedule.

Then, only the 32 owners will vote on a secret ballot. The announcement is expected to come sometime late afternoon or early evening Tuesday.

11Alive contributed to this story. 

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