Finley was receptive and began discussing stadium design plans with Allen. Friendship Baptist, the birthplace of both Spelman College and Morehouse College, was also demolished and relocated to make room for the stadium. [69] Work on the roof was completed on July 14, 2018. During the College Football National Championship Game in January 2018, several media outlets reported a significant leak that appeared to be occurring just over the field of play near the 25-yard line. But Dirk Koetter leaves a stench and it's really tough to eat the $1 hot dogs and enjoy a cold brew when that Koetter stench lingers around.

[73][74], In January 2015, the Falcons announced the sale of personal seat licenses (PSL) costing up to US$45,000 per seat, depending on the section of the stadium.

[43] They also reported on September 10 that Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed said site improvements could likely bump the total cost to US$1.2 billion; however, that does not increase the actual building cost, which still remains at an estimated US$948 million. The sports race in the southeast started when I was a kid between Birmingham and Atlanta. The 40-39 loss to the Dallas Cowboys was monumental, and it put Atlanta …

[75][76], On August 21, 2015, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Mercedes-Benz would acquire the naming rights for the stadium, and this was later confirmed by a press conference at the stadium site on August 24. The falcon, perched atop a 13 foot (4.0 m) tall bronze football, is 41 feet (12 m) high with a wingspan of 70 feet (21 m). ", "MLS in Atlanta: The $1.2 Billion Stadium Blank's New Team Will Share with the Falcons", "A guide to when Mercedes-Benz Stadium roof could be open", "Falcons, Braves Stadium Designs Advance", "Mercedes-Benz Stadium's video board could be a game changer", "Falcons Hire Firm to Build NFL's Largest Video Board", "How Atlanta became the capital of college football", "Former Crew GM, Current Falcons VP Confident Blank, MLS Will Be Fruitful Combo", "In Atlanta's New $1.5 Billion Football Stadium, the High-Priced Artworks Will Outnumber the Players – artnet News", "Gathering spaces are a big part of Mercedes-Benz Stadium's game plan", "Falcons, Braves stadium designs advance", "Home Depot Backyard opens on Georgia Dome site", "Mercedes-Benz Stadium will convert to cashless operation", "Concession prices at Mercedes-Benz Stadium are something to cheer about", "The Falcons' billion-dollar stadium will have a Chick-fil-A that's almost never open", "Chick-fil-A location at Mercedes-Benz Stadium isn't open on Super Bowl Sunday", "Falcons Prefer New Open-Air Stadium, Downtown", "Falcons Want Open Air Stadium North of GWCC", "Master Plan Phase III – New Open Air NFL Stadium", "Falcons' Push for Open-Air Stadium Gets Lift", "New Falcons Stadium Cost Could Exceed $1 billion", "New Stadium Plan: Retractable Roof, Demolish Dome", "Atlanta Falcons seeking $1 billion retractable-roof stadium", "Neighbors of Potential New Stadium Seek Voice", "Stadium Deal Could Be Done by End of Year", "Reed: Work Around New Falcons Stadium Could Boost Cost to $1.2 Billion", "GWCCA Approves Falcons Stadium Blueprint", "Falcons Seek New Dome, Not Atlanta Fixer-Upper", "Mayor Reed confident Atlanta will get new stadium", "Falcons get $200 million NFL loan for stadium", "Falcons have initial approval to go forward with futuristic stadium design", "Atlanta Falcons Owner Arthur Blank Said New $1 Billion Stadium Development Is 'in a Geally Good Place, "Blank: Falcons Stadium Groundbreaking Week of March 31", "At stadium groundbreaking, Blank lobbies for a Super Bowl", "Judge Hears Arguments In Legal Challenge Of Falcons Stadium Financing", "Falcons' stadium roof will be closed for home opener vs. Packers", "Exclusive: Mercedes-Benz Stadium officials reveal why retractable roof is delayed", "Falcons plan to open roof for home opener if weather cooperates", "Plan: Stadium roof will be closed for rest of Falcons season, open for one soccer game", "Mercedes-Benz Stadium will add more exit doors", "Downtown's Northside Drive pedestrian bridge project cost surpasses $33M", "$20+ million pedestrian bridge to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to be closed for Super Bowl", "Report: Downtown pedestrian bridge shows city not built to foster equality", "Mercedes-Benz Stadium turf will be replaced", "When will Mercedes-Benz Stadium's roof fully work?

[71], The city has agreed to contribute US$200 million in stadium bonds, but with additional tax revenues[72] and with the state of Georgia contributing US$40 million for parking expansion, public spending is expected to eclipse US$700 million. [16] On June 9, 2017, stadium officials announced that they were confident that Mercedes-Benz Stadium would open as scheduled, and demolition of the Georgia Dome had resumed, and the Dome was imploded on the morning of November 20, 2017.



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