NFL owners gathering in Charlotte for their annual Spring Meeting will conduct secret ballots later today that will yield the prevailing cities. Atlanta was invited by the NFL to submit bids for the 2019 and 2020 games, along with Miami, New Orleans and Tampa. Of that group, the Falcons are the only city to boast a brand new stadium – the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is set to open in 2017.
Consisting of local civic and private sector leaders, the Atlanta bid committee has been working for over a year raising funds and presenting Atlanta's case to the NFL. League officials visited the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium construction site last summer as part of their due-diligence process.
The Atlanta bid committee consists of:
- Doug Hertz – CEO of Atlanta-based United Distributors (co-chair)
- Rick Smith – CEO of Atlanta-based Equifax (co-chair)
- William Pate – President of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Carl Adkins – Chief Commercial Officer
- Dan Corso – Executive Director of the Atlanta Sports Council
The announcements will be broadcast live on NFL Network and will take place between 1 pm and 4:30 pm EDT Tuesday afternoon.