Atlanta has stadium work to do before Super Bowl

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Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium provided a gorgeous setting for Super Bowl LII (a gorgeous, taxpayer-subsidized setting).

Now, officials in Atlanta acknowledge they have some work to be ready for next year’s final game.

Via Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Falcons officials admit they have some work to do over the next year to get the place where they want it to be.

The building’s signature retractable roof was only open for one Falcons game last season, and one MLS match. They want to smooth out the kinks in that significant detail, improve the stadium’s sound system and create a new green space in the hole next door where the Georgia Dome once stood.

“We’re also meeting every week on all kinds of little things we’re still finishing in the building,” said Scott Jenkins, the stadium’s general manager. “It takes two years (after opening), in my experience, to finish a building and get it running the way you want.”

There are only two events scheduled for the building before the MLS season starts on March 11 (a monster truck show and a Supercross motorcycle race), so they have a relatively free schedule to get some work in.

They’re also adding three more sets of double doors and an overhead rolling door to help ease congestion on the way out of events, and preparing the old Georgia Dome site for a new tailgating and parking area.

19 responses to “Atlanta has stadium work to do before Super Bowl

  1. “a gorgeous, taxpayer-subsidized stadium”.

    Without those evil taxpayer-subsidies Minneapolis would never have hosted a Super Bowl. The city and state would not have received the millions of in tourism dollars realized during the two week Super Bowl period. They also would not have received the many more dollars of free publicity. The good citizens of Minneapolis would not have a stadium capable of hosting non-football events that otherwise would go elsewhere.

    Taxpayers subsidize roads, parks, arts houses, etc. Stadiums are no different. Stadiums provide a benefit to the entire population, even those who never set foot in them.

  2. So what your saying is Minnesota nailed the super bowl and all of the events and now every other super bowl host is trying to catch up ! sounds about right. I think the super bowl should be played at EVERY NFL stadium.

  3. And the Falcons have work to do too if they want to be the first team to play the SB in their own stadium.

  4. Awarding SBs to cities with new dome stadiums above the southern coast will likely guarantee every team not on the southern coast will build a dome next time they need a stadium.

  5. It should be tax payer subsidized. Do you know how much money that stadium brought to that city in the past 2 weeks? The least these cities could do to repay is cover some of the costs. I still dont get why so many people dont understand that the subsidizing inst covering the team, its covering the economic growth these structures bring back into the city.

  6. “so many people don’t understand that the subsidizing inst covering the team, its covering the economic growth these structures bring back into the city”.

    You have no idea what you are talking about and should do some actual research on the topic. The facts prove otherwise and the “economic growth” BS is only touted by those that stand to profit from the boondoggle. We continue to tax the hell out of citizens for our “entertainment”, but refuse to pay a dime to upgrade our educational systems. Shameful.

  7. All that money poured into that thing and the seats were 2/3 full for most of the Falcons season. And that was a super bowl/playoff team.

    I wonder what the issues is? Oh yeah, people cutting the cable is what I’m told.

  8. Green Space. Trees, Sod, Sidewalks, Benches and a Pond. Should take two or three months but I’m sure the local gov wants it’s fees so they require an EIR endless permitting I’d say they wrap it up April 2019

  9. In other words, if Atlanta doesn’t pull off the Superbowl like Minnesota did, the excuses will be coming in like crazy and at a record pace. Seriously, be glad you got the game. Others never will get the SB and for a variety of reasons. Good luck getting everything ready on time.You guys will do it just fine.

    – Vikings fan

  10. Now, officials in Atlanta acknowledge they have some work to be ready for next year’s final game.
    They need to figure out how to make sure fans can’t steal the seats like some did in Minn.

    They want to smooth out the kinks in that significant detail, improve the stadium’s sound system…
    The piped in crowd noise just doesn’t seem realistic enough

  11. Indybear says:
    February 9, 2018 at 10:11 am
    “so many people don’t understand that the subsidizing inst covering the team, its covering the economic growth these structures bring back into the city”.

    You have no idea what you are talking about and should do some actual research on the topic. The facts prove otherwise and the “economic growth” BS is only touted by those that stand to profit from the boondoggle. We continue to tax the hell out of citizens for our “entertainment”, but refuse to pay a dime to upgrade our educational systems. Shameful.
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    That is a ridiculous statement. The taxes that pay for that stadium are miniscule compared to what is spent on education and the stadium more than pays for itself with the economic benefit of having the team here (they would have left without it) and hosting other events.

    The amount spent on education increases every single year and the results get worse every single year. Maybe the problem isn’t that too little money is being spent?

  12. “Falcons officials admit they have some work to do over the next year to get the place where they want it to be.”

    What? Wait! They’re gonna move the place? To where? How?

  13. It is interesting that Atlanta is now forced to consider closing a bunch of libraries due to lack of funding; however, I’m sure they’ll find the dough to fix the megatron bunghole thingee.

  14. mrbiggstuff says:
    February 9, 2018 at 10:32 am

    I guess $1.5 Billion doesn’t go as far as it used to.
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    All anyone has to do is go to the stadium in Minneapolis and see all the new businesses and housing complexes. It has revitalized the city in many ways. Minneapolis provided 150 million and 348 million came from the State. Not 1.5 billion. Still that’s a huge chunk of money. It’ll pay for itself over time. Along with the Super Bowl came many people for the soul purpose of investing money by hosting events in the future and not just at US Bank Stadium…

  15. Dave61548 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 5:21 pm
    We all know Atlanta will get it 3 quarters of the way done, and then fail to finish it.
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    I tried so hard to not say that… 😉

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