Even though the New England Patriots already have 10 Super Bowl appearances behind them, its fans will be showing up in droves to this year’s game, which pits them against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, February 3 in Atlanta. Nine percent of travelers heading to Atlanta over the weekend are coming from the Boston metro area, compared to eight percent from greater Los Angeles, according to a survey by Allianz Global Assistance.
In addition to those traveling from Boston and Los Angeles, an impressive percentage are coming from the New York area (14.3 percent), perhaps due to the high population density and significant concentration of both West Coast and New England transplants in the tri-state area.
The travel insurance and assistance company said it reviewed Americans’ travel plans for roundtrip flights landing in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport between January 31 – February 2, 2019, and returning February 4 – 5, 2019.
Despite the colder climes of last year’s game in Minneapolis, Super Bowl LII drew a higher percentage of fans from the competing teams than this year. In 2018, 15 percent of attendees traveled from Philadelphia, and 10 percent from Boston in the Eagles versus Patriots game, amounting to a full 25 percent of fans, compared to this year’s 17 percent.
“The right travel policy can safeguard fans’ investments to get to the Big Game, particularly at a time of year when winter weather or other unexpected events can delay or interrupt a trip,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications and marketing at Allianz.
|Rank||Origin City (airports within 60 miles)||Percent of Travelers|
|1||New York (LGA, JFK, EWR)||14.3 percent|
|2||Boston (BOS, PVD)||9.3 percent|
|3||Los Angeles (LAX, SNA, ONT, BUR)||8 percent|
|4||Washington, DC Area (DCA, IAD, BWI)||4.3 percent|
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