We have continued to monitor the progress of Atlanta’s new crown jewel retractable roof “Mercedes Benz Stadium,” because it has relevance for Florida teams playing there, soon. And while it has some over the top amazing amenities, the whole retractable roof part has been a headache for all involved.
So, much so, that those in charge have decided they will leave the roof closed, indefinitely, and maybe throughout the upcoming NFL season and eventually, the College Football Playoff Championship Game in January. More pressing is, it’s hosting a Jaguars-Falcons preseason game next month and the humongous FSU-Alabama college opener on September 2nd.
We wrote previously about the problems with construction delays and the execution of the difficult design of how the Mercedes Benz Stadium roof is supposed to open and close like a camera lens does.
Well, since that time, stadium officials gave the media a brief tour of the stadium, with the roof open, to show off, seating sight lines, the massive video boards, etc.
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Obviously, stadium officials, the Falcons, the NFL, etc. would like to have the option to leave the roof open for games, depending on North Georgia heat in August and September and the possibility of rain and so on. But, for now, it will be left closed and essentially be an indoor “dome” for the games.
And here’s the other reality: once you get to around November (the Bucs play at the Falcons November 26th), it is much colder in Atlanta, and even more so for December and January.
So, it doesn’t make sense that the roof would be open then for Falcons games no matter when they are played on a Sunday afternoon or evening. And, it was likely not going to be open for the CFP championship game in very chilly January in the first place.
So, even if the parties involved get the retractable roof part figured out and operating correctly and efficiently, it’s entirely possible that Mercedes Benz Stadium, while fantastic, will be domed for the whole football season.