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The roof worked at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first time

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Considering the roof was the largest concern for the team, this is great news.

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Just about a month ago, we heard the biggest concern for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium was that the roof would not be operational. It appears we can stop worrying about that admittedly huge concern now.

Unlike retractable roofs that slide open and shut, the roof at the Falcons new stadium consists of eight different 500-ton pieces that slide into place, like the opening and closing of a camera lens.

Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay said last month on PFT Live that the stadium will open on August 26, and that the roof will be able to open and close as needed.

I don’t want to overstate this, but this was probably the single thing most likely to derail the opening of the new stadium for our Falcons. It looks pretty snazzy, too.

The fact that they managed to pass this milestone greatly increases the chances that we’re seeing Atlanta in their new digs right on schedule. Considering we’ve got fantastic technology in that place, plus cheap concessions and a ton of beer, I think that’s a good thing.