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Mercedes-Benz Stadium announces return to full capacity beginning May 15

The venue will have operate at 100% capacity for the rest of the MLS season and into the NFL season.

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The days of partial capacity stadiums and arenas due to COVID-19 measures seem to be close to an end, at least in Atlanta. AMB Sports and Entertainment has announced that Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Falcons and United, will operate at 100% capacity starting March 15, when the United play host to a game against CF Montreal, in the MLS.

“We are excited to bring our fans back to Mercedes-Benz Stadium,” says Steve Cannon, CEO, AMB Sports and Entertainment. “Given the increased opportunity for Georgians to be vaccinated, the abundant health protocols we have in place at the stadium and the interest from our season ticket members, we felt that now is the right time to re-open the stadium in full capacity allowing all our season ticket members a chance to enjoy watching their teams in person. We will continue to follow the necessary precautions to give fans a safe and clean environment.”

In a news conference following virtual owners meetings in late March, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that he expects to have full stadiums for the start of the 2021 season in September.

“All of us in the NFL want to see every one of our fans back,” Goodell said in a statement. ”Football is simply not the same without fans, and we expect to have full stadiums in the upcoming season.”

The Atlanta Falcons seem to be well on the trajectory of a sold out Mercedes-Benz Stadium come their home opener in September.

In a press release, it was announced that health and safety protocols, including required face masks, hand sanitization stands throughout the building and increased cleaning staff, will continue to be maintained within the venue.

The Atlanta Braves announced that Truist Park will be open at 100% capacity beginning May 7, as well.