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Atlanta Stadium Official Says New Facility Ready In 3 Months

Apr 26, 2017
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Workers are racing to complete Atlanta's new $1.5 billion stadium project in the next three months after ongoing roof issues have delayed the facility's opening.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium general manager Scott Jenkins told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the building is 90 percent done, and "is looking great."

The biggest holdup has been construction of the roof. Jenkins said the challenge with the roof has been installing the eight steel petals that would enable it to retract and open like a camera lens.

Roof Construction Delays Mercedes-Benz Stadium Opening

Apr 18, 2017
Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Stadium

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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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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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. 

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Imagine living on a street where four out of 10 homes are vacant, nearly half of your neighbors live below the poverty line and a quarter don’t go to a job every day.

That place exists only two miles from downtown Atlanta, despite more than $100 million spent to revitalize the area since the 1990s.

Vine City and English Avenue were poised for a turnaround when the Georgia Dome, home of the Atlanta Falcons, opened in 1992.