Inside the $2 Billion Stadium Hosting the Super Bowl

The hot dogs cost $1,999,999,998 less than the stadium, and either $199,999,998 or $699,999,998 less than taxpayers invested in the stadium.

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February 3, 2019, 11:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Atlanta NFL Stadium

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CBS News gives a tour of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Super Bowl this year in Atlanta.

"The New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams will face off on Super Bowl Sunday inside Atlanta's dazzling $2 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In some ways, it's the real star of the big game."

The article is mostly a promotion for the engineering and architecture of the stadium, not to mention Arthur Blank, the owner of the Atlanta Falcons, which plays its home games in the stadium, and one of the co-founders of Home Depot.

Blank might own the team, but taxpayers are deeply invested in the stadium. An article from 2017 offers a good reminder of the controversy that followed the financing plan for the stadium. According to the article, written by Neil deMause, a discrepancy in the fine print created a $500 million gap between what the public initially agreed to invest and what it ended up investing.

CBS News doesn't mention that controversy, however. 

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