Sunday at the Super Bowl: After rallying fans, it’s time for the Patriots to play ball
ATLANTA – Are you ready for some football? A Super Bowl party?
After a Saturday in Centennial Park that included fan rallies for both teams and featured performances by various rap artists and pep bands, appearances by ex-NFL stars, and just about anything else you can think of, the Patriots and Rams will finally play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy Sunday night.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 at beautiful Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in August 2017 (previous Super Bowls here were held in the Georgia Dome, in 1994 and 2000). The Patriots are 2.5-point favorites.
Fun stadium facts:
■ More than 35,000 gallons of paint were used to paint Mercedes-Benz, equal to 7,000 Gatorade victory showers (using a 5 gallon cooler, of course).
■ 32.77 laps around the stadium’s perimeter would equal a marathon.
■ The roof spans 14.5 acres.
Speaking of the roof, NFL officials had hoped for months that the game could be played with the famous retractable roof open, but with cooling temperatures (in the mid-50s at kickoff and dropping slightly) that appears unlikely.
But even if the roof is closed, league and stadium officials said it could be open for part of the pregame festivities.
“I think you’ll see the roof in some form be operable,’’ said Falcons owner Arthur Blank. “The NFL would like to see it operable. We want the world to see it. CBS [which has the game and seven hours of pregame programming] wants to show it as well.’’
Keep it here all day and night as the Globe staff in Atlanta will have comprehensive coverage of the game, including Monday morning’s press conferences featuring the winning coach and the most valuable player.