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New Falcons stadium delayed by three months

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The bad news? The expected cost of the new Falcons stadium has expanded, again. The worse news? The place won’t be open when it’s supposed to be.

According to Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the venue will miss its expected opening date of March 2017. Instead, the new target date has become June 1, 2017.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank told the Journal-Constitution that the delay results from the “design process” of the structure that will support the retractable roof and video board. Blank also said that the delay will increase the cost of the stadium. He declined to elaborate on the extra expense.

The delay doesn’t affect the Falcons; Blank said he has “absolutely zero doubt” that the Falcons will launch the 2017 season in the new stadium. The delay nevertheless will keep Blank’s new MLS team from playing at home for three months in 2017.

Blank said that the construction will be accelerated via “compressing” more work into the available time. It will result in “double-time, triple-time” work.

The stadium gradually has expanded in anticipated cost from $1 billion to $1.4 billion, with Blank required to pay for all cost overruns.

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46 Responses to “New Falcons stadium delayed by three months”
  1. rjc32586 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:34 PM

    I think we can all live with the fact that the MLS team will have to play somewhere else for a few months.

  2. tyrannosaurussex83 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:35 PM

    It’s probably delayed because they’re still trying in vain to find all the materials and tools in the haphazardly stocked shelves of a Home Depot.

  3. styro1 says: Jan 21, 2016 9:49 PM

    They must be waiting for the super deluxe speakers to be built that look like girders for the piped in crowd noise.

  4. mrcneff says: Jan 21, 2016 9:52 PM

    It takes a long time to build a proper anus

  5. vanmorrissey says: Jan 21, 2016 9:53 PM

    Well, it ain’t going to get cheaper. And just how much will Kroenkeworld cost in LA, $1.4 B? Uh right, lets add oh, another $.5 B to that and make it more like $1.9 B. Try that one on Stan and Deano.

  6. gammynomnom says: Jan 21, 2016 9:59 PM

    it also will not affect them in terms of never going to win a super Bowl

  7. ravensfan56 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:02 PM

    I’ve said it before; the Atlanta Falcons are a cursed franchise. Matt Ryan is overrated, the fans are nonexistent, and the GM is clueless.

  8. tmcb7 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:07 PM

    oh, this is not going to go over well in the ATL. Between building a new stadium when the GA Dome was fine, tax payers paying for a portion, PSL’s and now the overall increase… Good luck Mr. Blank, you’re gonna need it with the product you’re putting on the field.

  9. bullseye717 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:07 PM

    tyrannosaurussex83 says:
    Jan 21, 2016 9:35 PM
    It’s probably delayed because they’re still trying in vain to find all the materials and tools in the haphazardly stocked shelves of a Home Depot.
    ———————————–
    Should’ve gone to Lowes.

  10. tooz72 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:10 PM

    Raiders need to start on that new venue in San Antonio

  11. mcjon22 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:10 PM

    Probably shouldn’t have picked the design that looks like a nest and has an oculus retracting roof

  12. bsizemore68 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:13 PM

    I watch a Miami Dolphins game against Atlanta in that stadium on Christmas day 1998, and it was a mess back then, I would hate to see what the fans have to go thru to see a game. I went to Charlotte last Aug to see Miami and the panthers in a pre- season game, a great experience. Bill….Why are the braves not having a cover ball park up in Cobb county? Atlanta has more rain then Seattle. Money?

  13. followme2boston says: Jan 21, 2016 10:28 PM

    i dont know who the mayor in ATL is, but three sports franchises are not in ATL anymore, one left the country and the other two the city. Looots of tax money walking out the door.

  14. charger383 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:42 PM

    how much is too much?

  15. staffmvp2014 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:44 PM

    I find this hilarious. US bank stadium, built in a far worse climate (minnesota) can be on schedule and close to budget (minus upgrades). I would recommend interviewing and evaluating your contractor prior to awarding a 1 billion dollar contract.

  16. SkeletalDrawing says: Jan 21, 2016 10:48 PM

    Wow, an extra $400 million…I sure hope their billionaire owner doesn’t go hungry in the meantime…

  17. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:50 PM

    The location is bad. Parking to get there is annoying. I haven’t been back there since the Giants played them on MNF back in 2007.

  18. barrymichaels61 says: Jan 21, 2016 11:12 PM

    I miss Fulton County stadium, it was real and not a glorified living room with pseudo intellectuals on mobile devices.

  19. arzcardinals says: Jan 22, 2016 12:20 AM

    Pah-lease Blank having to spend a bit of his Home Depot cash….I feel so bad for him (sarcasm)

  20. kayakattack says: Jan 22, 2016 1:02 AM

    Don’t worry sbout the cost, the owner doesnt pay a dime.. the taxpayers do!

  21. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 22, 2016 1:29 AM

    Stop trying to outdo Jerry Jones, Mr. Blank…It just ain’t happening, son.

  22. zaphod424242 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:26 AM

    That’s the power of The Home Depot.

  23. campcouch says: Jan 22, 2016 2:55 AM

    Billion dollar stadiums…but buying a couple of salt trucks for the occasional ice storm is out of budget.

  24. letmesetyoustraight says: Jan 22, 2016 3:39 AM

    So the sphincter won’t open on time. Try a laxative. SMH

  25. thenameisredskins says: Jan 22, 2016 5:12 AM

    ravensfan56 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:02 PM
    I’ve said it before; the Atlanta Falcons are a cursed franchise. Matt Ryan is overrated, the fans are nonexistent, and the GM is clueless.
    *********************************************

    You mean the Ray Lewis Murder Curse? I believe that’s why they are building a new stadium, to exercise the Ray Lewis Murder Curse. Oh, and please stop acting like every other Baltimore fan and acting like the world is against you with the Matt Ryan Joe Flacco comparison. The Falcon fans are just fine. At least their fans don’t do some stupid chant, even though their team is losing and having a terrible season.

    staffmvp2014 says: Jan 21, 2016 10:44 PM
    I find this hilarious. US bank stadium, built in a far worse climate (minnesota) can be on schedule and close to budget (minus upgrades). I would recommend interviewing and evaluating your contractor prior to awarding a 1 billion dollar contract.
    *********************************
    And these kind of comments come from people who don’t bother reading the story, just the headline and jump right to the comment section. The delay is coming from having to have the structures supporting the retractable roof redesigned. It has nothing to do with actual construction.

  26. patriotsfootballleague says: Jan 22, 2016 5:41 AM

    At least they won’t be sharing a stadium with the Jaguars with rickshaw transportation routes. Give the greedy owners time though. They will have Green Bay and Minnesota sharing one.

  27. 2dat says: Jan 22, 2016 8:00 AM

    New stadium , Same Fake Garbage Fans, Same Fake Garbage Team.

  28. 8oneanddones says: Jan 22, 2016 8:01 AM

    In construction, the real money comes from change orders long after you submit a lowball bid to get the contract and the stadium (or VA hospital or whatever else) is partially complete. Works every time.

  29. flexx91 says: Jan 22, 2016 8:09 AM

    So what? The Falcons winning a championship has been delayed fifty years……

  30. troylok says: Jan 22, 2016 8:10 AM

    The contractor is late and the owner has to pay cost over runs? I guess no one ever heard of progress payments and late fees. The only exception would be if the owner himself caused the delays by adding changes after the design was locked in.

  31. leatherface2012 says: Jan 22, 2016 8:33 AM

    ok, so a 3 month delay to wait to see matty ice implode by midseason

  32. jonwill57 says: Jan 22, 2016 9:39 AM

    Why are some comments directed at the current Georgia Dome? The stadium is GIGANTIC sitting next to the Dome. As for parking, very few stadiums have ideal parking. In this case I believe the dome will be torn down and replaced by parking.

  33. jonwill57 says: Jan 22, 2016 9:41 AM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 8:33 AM

    ok, so a 3 month delay to wait to see matty ice implode by midseason
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Your attempt at sarcasm failed miserably…the story says the Falcons 2017 season will NOT be delayed.

    So you will not have to wait to see Matty Ice implode.

  34. chris6523 says: Jan 22, 2016 9:43 AM

    It’s probably delayed because they’re still trying in vain to find all the materials and tools in the haphazardly stocked shelves of a Home Depot.

    ________________________________

    And I thought I was the only one who noticed. Three month delay because they ran out of 1/4-20 by 2″ machine screws. LOL

  35. jonwill57 says: Jan 22, 2016 9:43 AM

    I don’t know about anyone else, but something about a “compressed work schedule” bothers me…in other words, safety be damned, if there’s some corner’s to cut, find them and cut them!

  36. jonwill57 says: Jan 22, 2016 9:51 AM

    followme2boston says:
    Jan 21, 2016 10:28 PM

    i dont know who the mayor in ATL is, but three sports franchises are not in ATL anymore, one left the country and the other two the city. Looots of tax money walking out the door.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    FYI – The new stadium is literally < 300 yards from the current stadium which is located right near downtown Atlanta. The MLS team will be downtown, so find someone else to criticize. Perhaps the mayor realizes the cost to taxpayers for Braves multi-millionaire owners and players was too much.
    Ever rent a car at Hartsfield? The taxes are more than the rental car…

  37. mrtzl20 says: Jan 22, 2016 9:54 AM

    Better to take the time and get the building structurally sound than to just rush it and risk disaster. The Falcons are going to get crushed enough in that building, no one needs the fans themselves to get crushed by a falling video board too, amirite?

  38. sb44champs says: Jan 22, 2016 10:10 AM

    New Falcons stadium delayed by three months
    =========================
    That’s fitting since their Championship has been delayed by 3 decades

  39. ringheadcrusher says: Jan 22, 2016 10:19 AM

    mcjon22 says:
    Jan 21, 2016 10:10 PM
    “Probably shouldn’t have picked the design that looks like a nest and has an oculus retracting roof”
    ________________________________

    My thoughts exactly. So, Blank, your ego dictates that you build a colossal toy – something nobody has ever seen before – and you get delays? Who woulda thunk it. Wait til it’s done and that wonder of engineering starts leaking all over the place. That will be even more fun. Huge egos make for bad decisions.

  40. mogogo1 says: Jan 22, 2016 10:57 AM

    It’s a money pit and anybody’s guess if this crazy roof idea will ever work properly. But what was the significance of an “opening date” in March for a football stadium? The big shots can just do their little ribbon cutting a month later.

  41. granadafan says: Jan 22, 2016 11:13 AM

    Another city and taxpayers blackmailed/ fleeced to pay for the lavish palace of a multi billionaire, and all for “civic pride”.

    SMH.

  42. rapidrt24 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:20 AM

    Haters are funny

  43. sb44champs says: Jan 22, 2016 11:34 AM

    It’s probably delayed because they’re still trying in vain to find all the materials and tools in the haphazardly stocked shelves of a Home Depot.
    ________________________________
    And I thought I was the only one who noticed. Three month delay because they ran out of 1/4-20 by 2″ machine screws. LOL
    =============================
    Blank should just go to Lowe’s to find the aforementioned screws lol

  44. theoz3035 says: Jan 22, 2016 11:45 AM

    Hope it doesn’t affect the noles/bama game to be played there in ’17. Go noles!!! ——-;>

  45. scoocha says: Jan 22, 2016 12:03 PM

    I’m out of the loop, why are Falcons fans garbage?

    Why does ATL need a dome again? It rains that much?

  46. sb44champs says: Jan 22, 2016 1:54 PM

    why are Falcons fans garbage?
    =====================
    They’re wannabe fans that show up late for every game and that’s if they even show up at all

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