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Super Bowl week kicks off tonight with Opening Night at State Farm Arena

Super Bowl LIII decals adorn the side of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Photo by Jerell Rushin | The Signal

Super Bowl LIII is officially here, and it begins with Opening Night at State Farm Arena on Monday.

Fans can be a part of Super Bowl week by attending the media spectacle for $29 ($35.85 after fees) by purchasing tickets at http://nfl.com/OpeningNightOnSale. NFL Network will broadcast the event at 7 p.m.

Attendees will receive radios to listen to the media sessions of individual players and coaches. Videos will display which station a player’s session is on, statistics and more information.

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“For fans, it’s a really unique way to kick off Super Bowl week and be in an environment that was never something that they would have access to before,” Jon Barker, NFL vice president of event operations and production,” said to The Signal. “They can really watch these players in a part of football that fans don’t necessarily get to see in this media availability and not watch it on TV, but actually be there in-person.”

Media members begin with the Los Angeles Rams’ interview session at 7 p.m. When the Patriots begin their media session at 9 p.m., former Georgia State Panther John Ulrick will be on the floor taking questions.

Ulrick was an All-Sun Belt Conference offensive tackle for Georgia State and started for two seasons in 2012 and 2013. The Indianapolis Colts drafted him in the seventh round in the 2014 NFL Draft.

One lucky attendee will leave with one of 75,324 seats Mercedes-Benz Stadium will hold on Super Bowl Sunday.

“If they download the Super Bowl App and they download the local pass, somebody that night will walk away with Super Bowl tickets,” Barker said

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A large structure of the Super Bowl LIII roman numerals, picture and selfie stations, and huge replica of the Vince Lombardi Trophy will be placed where guests can interact first-hand with the experience.

“Well, I think it’s a lot of fun,” Barker said. “I think a price point of $29 is a reasonable price point. I was a college student once one day as well, and we wanted to make sure that we were pricing this fairly for the entire local community … It’s just a great opportunity for the local community.

“As we get closer to Super Bowl Sunday, the city is going to flush with all of the outside visitors that are coming into Atlanta, and the city is going to get really, really busy… It’s a great opportunity for the local community to celebrate the Super Bowl in Atlanta and be proud of it. They should be. Atlanta should be extraordinarily proud of this community and they way that they’ve all come together to support Super Bowl.”

Super Bowl LIII

Date: Feb. 3
Start: 6:30 p.m.
TV: CBS, CBSSports.com and CBS Sports App

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