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Mercedes-Benz Stadium to light up blue to honor medical personnel and essential workers fighting COVID-19

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Atlanta’s iconic megastadium will join hundreds of other venues, landmarks, and buildings in lighting up in blue on April 9th.

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While COVID-19 continues to shutdown sports and most of society worldwide, major buildings, venues, and landmarks across the United States are lighting up in blue to honor medical personnel and others on the frontlines of the pandemic. While locations across the country are participating, Atlanta sites include the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta City Hall, Skyview Ferris Wheel, and the College Football Hall of Fame.

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Atlanta Falcons have not been immune from the pandemic, with the stadium closed for events and the Falcons operating primarily virtually.

In a collective salute to the millions of essential workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, city skylines and communities across the country will transform into a beacon of blue at 8 p.m. local time Thursday, April 9th as part of the global #LightItBlue initiative.

Other NFL stadiums like the Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, and CenturyLink field in Seattle will be rocking blue tonight.

Per the press release from LightItBlue, the landmarks and stadiums will continue lighting with blue every week. The campaign invites Americans to join in at home by wearing blue, decorating windows and doorways with blue and sharing their own images or messages to essential workers with the hashtag #LightItBlue and @LightItBlue.