Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed hosted a pep rally celebrating the Atlanta Falcons as they head to the Super Bowl. The rally started around 11:30 a.m., but City Hall was already packed with fans by 10:00 a.m.
“(I’m here to) support our Atlanta Falcons. We are going all the way!” one fan said.
The event featured members of the NFC Championship team and the President and CEO of the Atlanta Falcons, Rich McKay. Special appearances were made by mascot Freddie Falcon, former Falcon Roddy White and Atlanta artist Usher.
Hundreds of fans decked out in Atlanta Falcons gear heard Reed announce this upcoming week as “Atlanta Falcons Week.”
“Just to show you how special today is, we have a proclamation from the President of the Atlanta City Council declaring it Atlanta Falcons Week in the city of Atlanta. A day is not enough,” Reed said.
McKay said team loves the support from the city.
“We are truly humbled by the support you have given us. Atlanta is a great place to live and even better place to be a professional sports team because of the fans we have,” he said.
The rally wrapped up around 12:30 p.m. There will be another rally and send-off on Sunday at noon at Atlantic Station.
“We are going to see the players off and the players off and players for the Falcons are going to drive by and we’re going to wave at them and send them to the airport on their way to the Super Bowl,” Reed said.
— Dave Huddleston (@DaveHWSB) January 27, 2017