It's game-day weekend in Atlanta, and it's going to be a cold one. Here are some things to know when coming to Atlanta, whether you're a local or visiting for the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship.
1. Stay warm. You'll be out in chilly weather for a long period of time, so dress warmly. There are lots of local bars and restaurants near the stadium you can stop into to get warm. No tickets? Try one of these great places to watch the game. Or go hot toddy hunting to stave off the frosty temperatures.
2. Public transit. With several MARTA stations downtown and steps away from the Mercedes-Benz stadium, Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park, public transit via MARTA rail is the easiest way to get to the game and events. MARTA is also extending rail service beginning at 5 a.m. on Monday Jan. 8 until 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9 for the event. If you're driving in, consider parking at one of the MARTA stations for a short ride into town. Check out the full MARTA parking guide for stations with free or paid parking
3. Getting into town and getting around the city. If you must drive downtown, be aware of increased car traffic and foot traffic. There will also be some road closures that will be helpful to know about when making your plan. Below is a quick overview, originally provided by the Atlanta Police Department.
4. Fan events. From free concerts to tailgating to interviews to a 5K run (brrr!) that benefits teachers, there are lots of events for college football fans to enjoy throughout the weekend.
5. Bag policy. Mercedes-Benz Stadium has specific restrictions on bags that are permitted. Please see their Stadium Guide for details.