Atlanta Falcons fans have a lot to be excited about in 2018. Not only do the Atlanta Falcons return a talented team and legitimate Super Bowl contender on the field, but fans can also experience the beautiful new Mercedes Benz Stadium in its second year of operation. In addition, Mercedes Benz Stadium will also be hosting Super Bowl LII in February of 2019. Should the Falcons make the Big Game, they will be the first team in the history of the NFL to play the game on their home field. After reaching the Super Bowl in 2016, the Falcons suffered a crushing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Division round of last year’s playoffs. Entering next season, the Falcons retain much of their talented roster. With elite players occupying most impact positions, the Falcons will look to their offense to carry them to another Super Bowl berth. 2016 NFL MVP Matt Ryan returns to lead an offensive unit packed with firepower. Ryan is flanked by All-Pro receiver Julio Jones. Jones is a top player maker in the league, and a sure-fire Hall of Famer once he decides to call it a career. The Falcons return a solid offensive line ready to pave the way for an elite running game behind the dynamic combination of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.
The Falcons’ defense has seen continual improvement under defensive-oriented head coach Dan Quinn. Lead by Pro Bowl edge-rusher Vic Beasley, the Falcons defense should be a force next season. For the Falcons to return to championship form, they will need Beasley to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks. Former firth round pick, Grady Jarrett, has star potential on the defensive line. Hybrid defensive end/linebacker Takkarist McKinley is an ascending young star providing a great compliment to Beasley and Jarrett. Meanwhile, in the secondary, Safety Keanu Neal has progressed into a solid player. Neal is surrounded by veterans Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium: One year after opening, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is still generating tremendous excitement in Atlanta. MBS is home to both the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and the MLS’s Atlanta United in addition to some of the lowest food and beverage stadium concession prices in the country. Fans can enjoy $2 hot dogs and $5 draft beers among a bevy of other stadium concession fare. In 2018-19, Mercedes Benz Stadium will play host to multiple concerts and college championship games. In 2019, Mercedes Benz Stadium will host Super Bowl LIII.
Super Bowl LII: Mercedes Benz Stadium (MBS) will play host to Super Bowl LIII (Super Bowl 53) on February 3, 2019. This will be the third Super Bowl that the city of Atlanta has hosted and its first since 1994.