Atlanta Falcons new stadium expecting three-month delay
Construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium is expected to be delayed by three months.
The new home of the Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, has reportedly fallen behind schedule and will open three months later than expected, per Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
"“Construction of the downtown stadium that will become home to the Atlanta Falcons and a new professional soccer team won’t be completed in time for a long-planned March 2017 opening.The new target date for completion of Mercedes-Benz Stadium is June 1, 2017, Arthur Blank, owner of the Falcons and Major League Soccer team Atlanta United, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an interview Thursday.”"
This delay won’t affect the Atlanta Falcons. The stadium was originally scheduled to open in March 2017, but as instead been set back to June 2017. This will mean Atlanta United, Atlanta’s MLS team, won’t be able to play in the new home stadium for those three months.
But Falcons owner Arthur Blank has no doubt the stadium will be ready for the start of the Falcons season in September.
The delay is expected to increase the cost of the stadium, although it’s unknown how much by.
The main thing for Falcons fans is that this stadium will be built, and it will be ready for the start of the 2017 season. When it’s complete, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be one of the finest sporting venues in the world, rivalling the likes of Wembley Stadium in London and the Bernabeu in Madrid.
And it will be well worth the wait.