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Mercedes-Benz Stadium opening delayed again

The opening of Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium has been delayed again because of on-going construction work on the venue’s complex roof structure.

The stadium is now expected to open in late August with two Atlanta Falcons NFL pre-season games, based on revised completion timelines from the construction team.

Three Atlanta United home soccer matches have been impacted by the new schedule.

Steve Cannon, chief executive officer of AMB Group, LLC, addressed concerns about the operability of the retractable roof. He said:

No concerns about the operability of the roof have ever been expressed to us by the design or construction teams. It is a complex, original design that is going to be spectacular and operate as designed. That’s the bottom line.

The reason for a revised timeline is quite simple: normal surveying and analysis of the roof structure, as well as steelwork in the roof, have both taken longer than planned. Those two things have had a cascading effect on overall workflows related to the roof and that is the reason for the new timeline.

We’ve worked very hard over the last few weeks to find any possible avenue to meet the July 30 timeline, but have not been able to do so. Our construction partners have now worked through re-sequencing the remaining work and are very confident we’ll be ready for live events beginning with the Falcons game on August 26.

Tommy Holder, CEO of Holder Construction and Managing Member of the HHRM, Joint Venture added:

Mercedes-Benz Stadium is a spectacular building the people of Atlanta are going to be very proud of for a long time. Any one-of-a-kind original project like this inevitably sees schedule adjustments along the way.

The complexity of the design has taken longer than planned for a variety of reasons, but there is not a concern about the roof operating as designed once construction is complete. Work continues around the clock to deliver the building as soon as possible and great progress is being made every day.

The Atlanta Falcons will now open the 2017 home schedule with preseason games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium vs. Arizona on August 26, and vs. Jacksonville on August 31.

The August 26 game will be the first public event in MBS.

Atlanta United’s match previously scheduled for July 30 at MBS will now be played at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium on July 29.

Meanwhile, decommissioning of the Georgia Dome has been put on hold until certainty of receiving a certificate of occupancy that will allow events in MBS is achieved.

No more events are planned or are expected in the Georgia Dome.

The decommissioning process is expected to resume in late June and a future date for demolition has not been determined.

Image courtesy of Atlanta Falcons