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Mercedes-Benz Stadium roof enters “final phase” of construction and automation

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The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United will be able to push a button to open up the stadium roof, which, for the record, has been open before.

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In case you didn’t realize the stadium roof had been open multiple times, here’s a photo of the stadium roof very much open previously.
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It’s the slow period of the offseason, and no one at the Falcoholic raised an eyebrow when the Mercedes Benz Stadium (or their spokesman, I’m doubtful the stadium is sentient... yet) announced they were finishing up construction on the roof.

We covered construction delays a bunch last year, but as basically everyone knew last fall, the automation was going to be finished in the offseason. If you are keeping track, it’s almost June, so I’m not sure what the big deal is.

Enter ESPN bot Darren Rovell.

Oh good, lets turn this into the stupid Chick-fil-A thing we had to hear about way too many times. The roof “will finally be able to be opened” is wrong, because as anyone that follows either the Falcons or Atlanta United, the roof was opened for both teams. Making that 280 timeline both plain wrong and also very dumb.

There is no real new info here, but I guess Rovell wanted to shine up something uninteresting with some info that was wrong. This is just one in a long line of bad Rovell tweets, and now feels like a great time to revisit some.

Lets remember the Chick-fil-A tweets.

The stadium holds a bunch of events, and way more than 7 or 8 Falcons home games on Sunday games per season, including preseason. This turned into such a big, dumb issue, we wrote this joke article.

Damn, it’s like what we said last year. I’m glad we went through something so stupid. This is par for the course for Rovell, who was called out by Marvin Jones Jr. just earlier this month.

Rovell seems to stumble over his own feet more often than not, both figuratively and, well, literally.

I’m so tired of writing about stupid things Rovell says on twitter, including this latest misleading tweet. We aren’t sure of the final cost of the roof, but unless there is an unreported deal in place, Arthur Blank is covering all the overages. No new costs for the city, and the roof will open automatically next year.