ATLANTA - The big game is over and now the big cleanup begins.
All of the structures built for Super Bowl LIII are coming down and the massive amount of trash left behind is being picked up.
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“I mean this city was lit. It was a good Super Bowl. Go Patriots,” fan Johnnie Pickney said.
Channel 2’s Audrey Washington watched Monday as crews began dismantling the stages and barriers that surrounded the Super Bowl campus across downtown the last 10 days.
Meanwhile, inside the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms applauded how the city handled the big game and the even bigger crowds.
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“This was the best game ever. But I must acknowledge the leadership of all of our city employees,” Bottoms said.
Still, after the cheering fans cleared, some people were shocked by the sheer amount of trash left outside the stadium.
“It’s outrageous. I mean trash over here, trash over there,” passerby Daniel Manneh said.
Washington watched as people tiptoed around the crushed cans and other garbage left scattered on the ground.
Pinkney said he tripped over a broken beer bottle.
“I’ve been looking at the news all week, so I could tell there was going to be a lot of people out here, but I wasn’t expecting all this,” Pinkney said.
Washington spoke with some busy crew members off camera who said it would take most of the day and possibly into Tuesday to get all of the areas surrounding the stadium cleaned up.
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