Bridge to nowhere: Atlanta spent $23M on pedestrian walkway for Super Bowl that fans couldn’t use

first_imgAtlanta spent millions preparing to host Super Bowl 53, and among the expenditures was one curiosity: a pedestrian bridge that cost as much as $27 million.That is a lot of money for a pedestrian bridge, but Atlanta leaders deemed it necessary to help fans cross a busy street between a transit center and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. One problem: Because of its proximity to the stadium, the bridge was deemed a security risk and was open to only staff and credentialed media before the game, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It was ready. Unfortunately, few people could use it going to the game. It was opened to fans after the game. Super Bowl 53: What’s next for Patriots?center_img Holy hell. The City of Atlanta spent “at least $23 million and possibly as much as $27 million” on this pedestrian bridge next to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. #GAPol https://t.co/n0o4b7RMgW pic.twitter.com/Q0uG4xMete— 🅑🅔🅝 🅑🅔🅐🅡🅤🅟 (@TheAviationBeat) February 5, 2019Of course, the bridge will be useful for future Falcons games and other big events at the stadium, right? But the city dropped millions to get it built specifically for the Super Bowl. According to the report, the initial cost estimate was for $13 million, but the city spent at least an additional $10 million and possibly up to $14 million more to ensure it would be finished for the big game. Related News Super Bowl 53: What’s next for Rams?last_img read more