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Roof Construction Delays Mercedes-Benz Stadium Opening

Apr 18, 2017
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The planned opening of the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium has been delayed by ongoing roof construction.

Steve Cannon, the CEO of Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank's businesses, said Tuesday the delay is a "timeline" issue. He insisted there is no concern about how the roof will work.

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Fans of the Atlanta Falcons are slowly working past a crushing defeat in the Super Bowl. The team gave up a 25 point lead and squandered away a game that was well in hand for the first three quarters.  

As the Falcons returned back to Atlanta on Monday, many fans took to the airwaves on sports radio shows to voice their disappointment. But psychology experts say if you hold on to negative emotions too long it could end up hurting you physically. 

The Politics Of The Super Bowl

Feb 5, 2017

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It's Super Bowl Sunday, as if you didn't know. More than 100 million people are expected to watch the Atlanta Falcons with quarterback Matt Ryan face off against the New England Patriots and superstar quarterback Tom Brady. And you thought this would be an escape from politics?

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On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons meet the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. It will wind up as the Falcons first Super Bowl win, or the Patriots’ fifth. GPB Senior Sports correspondent Jon Nelson joined us for a preview.

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Atlanta will host its first Super Bowl since 1998 in 2019. The game will be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is slated to open by the start of the 2017 NFL season. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank sees his multi-billion dollar project as a way to raise Atlanta’s international profile and boost the surrounding community.

We speak with Arthur Blank about the new stadium and his thoughts on Super Bowl LIII.

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The NFL pre-season began last week for all 32 teams, including the Atlanta Falcons. The Dirty Birds are hoping to shake off last year’s mediocre 8-8 season. The Falcons will head across the street to Mercedes-Benz stadium after this season, will their last year in the Georgia Dome be a memorable one?

We ask GPB sports correspondent Jon Nelson what he thinks of the Falcon’s chances this year and their prospects for the future. 

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Professional sports in Atlanta can be exciting, but more often than not, they’re under whelming. Atlanta last brought home a championship in 1995. But since then, the teams of the ATL have struggled to become relevant on the national sports scene.

Producer Taylor Gantt offers his perspective as one of the city’s beleaguered fans

BLEACHER REPORT

Michael Vick was, for a time, the biggest sports star in the country. The Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback was the hottest commodity in the NFL and a cultural icon of the hip-hop genre. But all that fame came crashing around him in 2007 when he pled guilty to felony dog-fighting charges. After spending nearly two years in prison, Vick returned to football and society far removed from the man he once was. 

We talk to Joe Yannarella of Bleacher Report about his new documentary “VICK,” which details the rise and fall of Atlanta’s most polarizing star. 

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Atlanta is currently constructing two new stadiums, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta and SunTrust Field in Cobb County. Although the allure of a shiny new building is exciting for some, others are growing tired of the sacrifices Atlanta is making to create these billion dollar projects.

GPB's own Don Smith adds another installment to our "Gripe Bag" series and vents his frustration about Atlanta's fascination with athletic structures.