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Falcons owner Arthur Blank is taking all of the team’s employees to the Super Bowl

Arthur Blank gets down with his bad self (and his players) after the NFC championship game. (David Goldman/Associated Press)
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Arthur Blank isn’t limiting his exuberance over the Atlanta Falcons to movin’ and groovin’.

The team’s owner is sharing his glee with Falcons employees by taking, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, all of them to Houston for Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5. That’s a workforce that numbers in the hundreds and the cheapest tickets Monday were going for over $3,600 on, but if there’s anyone who can afford it, it’s one of the founders of the Home Depot.

Blank, who purchased the team in 2002, has waited a long time for a Super Bowl trip, the second in the history of the franchise. Originally, he was thinking it might be nice if the team got to the big game in 2019, when Atlanta will host the Super Bowl in its new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. He said as much to Coach Dan Quinn when Atlanta won the rights to the game.

“I told him, ‘We want to play in the Super Bowl in 2019,’ ” Blank revealed. “He texted me back saying, ‘I plan on getting there sooner.’ So maybe I didn’t expect this but Dan did.”

Blank isn’t planning to let another 18 years elapse between Super Bowl appearances.

“My goal was not only to win a championship, get to the Super Bowl, win a Super Bowl, but to put us in a position as an organization to be a sustainably important team for a long time,” he said. “I think we’re well positioned now to do that.”