In the spirit of March Madness, everyone is eager to put Bracketology to work. USA Today got in on the act by making a bracket of the 32 current best stadiums in America, and having people vote for their favorites on a head to head basis.
The first round in the NFL section of the bracket saw Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz stadium, ranked as a 2-seed, go up against New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome, ranked as a 7-seed.
Despite an early lead for that stadium down in Louisiana, Atlanta’s Benz naturally overtook the lead and finished with over 63% of the vote when the polls closed. “The Benz” cruised to an easy win with 14,644 votes against 8,367 votes for the Superdome (63.64%-36.36%).
How the results ended up being even that close is beyond me, but I’m pretty sure the New Orleans faithful went strong at the polls to try and upend Atlanta’s shiny new toy. If only their team went that strong in the NFC Championship game, they may have ended up playing in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium during the Super Bowl a few months ago.
Atlanta’s Benz was opened in 2017 as Arthur Blank’s $1.6 billion project to create the finest and most state-of-the-art stadium in the world. With its sleek design, retractable roof, picturesque interior, and beautiful 360-degree halo board, it truly is a sight to behold.
In its two years of existence, the stadium has already played host to a College Football National Championship Game, multiple SEC Championship games, an MLS Cup Final, and Super Bowl 53. It’s also set to host the Men’s College Basketball Final Four next year.
The Superdome in New Orleans, meanwhile, is a not-so-state-of-the-art venue which has been around since 1975. It’s also played host to some big events throughout its history —numerous Final Fours, multiple Wrestlemanias, Super Bowl 47, and Michael Thomas recording four catches for 36 yards in the NFC Championship Game.
The Superdome is slated to host Super Bowl 58 in 2024. Let’s hope that they can keep the lights on for this one.
The Mercedes-Benz Stadium beat Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium in the second round of voting, and will face Green Bay’s Lambeau Field in the third round. To my knowledge, Saints fans have not launched a petition to re-do voting because things didn’t go their way. Stay tuned though, because it’s happened before.