Mercedes Benz Stadium-host of FSU/Bama, passes key milestone

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Even though it’s only June, the ongoing issues with the retractable roof of the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta has been an issue threatening not only the Falcons preseason games, but also a humongous college football opener with likely preseason #1 FSU and perennial powerhouse Alabama.

The stadium’s official Twitter page tweeted the updates Saturday afternoon, including a photo of the roof closing:

This had been a major hurdle of the project, as the stadium will be the first of it’s kind in North America that has the roof close like a camera lens opens and closes. This, instead of the traditional way of a retractable roof closing horizontally across the top.

The project had been so delayed by this that the Falcons preseason and the opening weekend of college football were being discussed for alternate sites. Under discussion have been, Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium in downtown Atlanta and Sanford Stadium, the home of the Georgia Bulldogs, an hour to the East in Athens.

As wrote on F.F.I. earlier this off season, the Jaguars will play defending NFC Champions in the second of Atlanta’s two preseason home games on Thursday night August 31st.

However, the bigger game will be the one of the top ones in the regular season of college football, when two nights later (September 2nd) the Noles and the Crimson Tide will play in a prime time showdown at Mercedes Benz Stadium.

The cheapest “get in” price for a ticket to that match-up remains at a staggering $439, according to StubHub.com. And it’s only in June. Once we get closer to September, look for that number to rise.

The stadium that is replacing the over 25 year old Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta has one huge game after another upcoming. This will include the upcoming College Football Playoff Championship Game to be played in January, 2018, Super Bowl LIII in February 2019, and the 2020 NCAA Men’s Final Four in April of that year.

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